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Ohio eviction prevention programs and homeless assistance.

The state of Ohio, using federal government grants, provides residents access to many programs in an effort to prevent homelessness. There are resources available for paying rent, a mortgage, outstanding utility bills and more. While the financial support is limited and comes with conditions, the non-profits listed below in Ohio provide several other non-monetary resources to residents, such as case management, outreach, and referrals to employment.

Emergency funds to stop homelessness

One of the main programs available is the ESG - Emergency Solutions Grant. The funds are offered to local agencies or social service offices (see below). They then direct aid to families or individuals that are struggling. Most of these non-profit agencies are part of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness

Funds from ESG are used to both prevent homelessness and rapidly re-house individuals. This involves coordinating community resources. What may be offered will vary based on funding levels, demand, and other factors. But there can be assistance for paying rental costs, energy bills, or security and utility deposits. There are also related services for the homeless and low income, such as medical care and job training.

Resources are offered in partnership with Housing and Urban Development Department, local charities across Ohio, and the Department of Human Services, among other groups. The various homeless prevention services are available statewide, and both tenants and homeowners can participate in certain programs. Any support offered is for a crisis only, so applicants need to have an eviction or foreclosure notice. The resources range from one time assistance from ESG to free legal aid. In some cases, loans are issued to pay housing or rental expenses. For the currently homeless, there may be grants to pay for a security deposit on a new, low income home or apartment.

The demand for assistance is very high, and not everyone will be able to receive support. Priority is for seniors, families with young children or infants, the disabled, and others at risk. There are also other homeless assistance programs for veterans and the disabled in Ohio, including SSVF. Waiting lists may be used for certain resources, and funding may run out. When the money is no longer available, there are other options to try as well as national programs that assist with rent.




For those families in Ohio facing homelessness due to outstanding utility bills, there are several programs available for that as well. Some examples include the following.

  • Grants from HEAP are available in dozens of counties from Community Action Agencies or the Salvation Army. Grants can help with heating and utility bills to stop an eviction. More on HEAP in Ohio.
  • The state has put into place disconnection rules for wintertime heating bills. While there are regulations in place, it can help ensure gas or electric service is not turned off.
  • In some cases, ESG funds can be used to pay a portion of an energy bill in a crisis situation.

Rehousing is another focus. The state of Ohio and its partners, using HUD funds, try to stop evictions and foreclosure in the first place. However, when that can’t happen and someone needs a new home or apartment to live in, rehousing services are available.

This may include access to shelters, short term transitional housing, and then permanent placement. After the Ohio resident is somewhat stable, the last step may involve funds to pay a rental deposit or first / last months rent. Any support will come with conditions and is focused only on low income homes or apartments. For those families that were evicted and now have a source of stable income from a job, there are places that help pay security deposits.





Free legal aid, mediation services in Ohio

Tenants will also normally have access to landlord / tenant mediation services. This can be coordinated by staff, often in partnership with local pro-bono law firms. Understanding the state of Ohio eviction laws and regulations can be very helpful for families. This mediation process may also provide the family more time to find a new home. Lawyers can review a lease agreement, represent a client in court to contest the eviction, and provide other support. Tenants can apply for free legal assistance in Ohio to address their housing needs.

Case management is also available. Staff will work with the individual to help them gain stability and break any cycle of homelessness. This includes financial literacy, job placement, food, and applications to government benefits. This is available for single parents, veterans, the disabled and other low income families.

Ohio homeowners can also benefit from homeless prevention services. Not only can they take advantage of the energy programs referenced above, but there are also free foreclosure services available. Many of the community action agencies are certified by HUD to provide this service to homeowners.

Non-profits to contact in Ohio

The agencies listed are part of programs such as Emergency Solutions Grant or others. They may have access to federal government grants and can provide referrals and other support services. However all funding is usually very limited and allocated on an annual basis. Find the main counties and cities below as well as many other local agencies.







Adams County Shelter for the Homeless, Inc.
11483 State Route 41
West Union, Ohio 45693
(937) 544-8164
Short term, emergency housing is available which could lead to placement into transitional housing as well as referrals to programs for paying rental deposits.

AllenLima County
Allen Council on Community Affairs
540 S Central Ave, Lima, OH 45804
Phone: (419) 227-2586

AllenLima's Samaritan House, Inc.
Main address - 328 West McKibben Street
Lima, OH 45801
Main phone: (419) 222-4663.

Ashtabula Homeless Shelter, Inc.
4125 Station Ave
Ashtabula OH 44004

Athens County
Integrated Services of Appalachian Ohio, Inc.
11 Graham Dr, Athens, OH 45701
(740) 594-6807

Good Works, Inc.
Athens, OH 45701

Belmont County
The Salvation Army
809 Emmet Ave NW
New Philadelphia, OH
(330) 364-3811

Butler County
Serve City is based in Butler Ohio. The non-profit is allocated ESG grants, which can help the homeless or families facing an eviction.

Caring Kitchen, Incorporated
300 Miami St, Urbana, OH 43078
(937) 653-8443





Clermont County Community Services, Inc.
3003 Hospital Dr, Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-2277

Columbiana County
Columbiana County Mental Health Clinic
188 N Lincoln Ave
Salem, OH
(330) 332-1514

Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, Inc.
7880 Lincole Place
Lisbon, Ohio 44432
Phone: (330)424-7221
Not only may one-time, emergency financial aid be offered, but other services include legal support, landlord - tenant mediation and more.

Cuyahoga County Government - Call the local center near you.
There may be government grants as part of the Emergency Solutions program for paying back rent in an emergency and other support services for tenants.

Mental Health Services for Homeless Persons, Inc.
Main address is 1744 Payne Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 623-6555

Cleveland area branch of Cuyahoga County Job And Family Services
Call (216) 391-5027 for information on housing or rent assistance programs, including PRC - Prevention, Retention And Contingency.

Families have other options available to them though for everything from financial help to pay a security deposits to pro-active, eviction prevention services.

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission, Inc.
104 E Washington St, Napoleon, OH 43545
(419) 599-2481

Delaware County
The Salvation Army
252 Curtis St, Delaware, OH 43015
(740) 369-5301

Family Promise of Delaware County
9 N. Washington Street
Delaware, OH 43015

Fairfield County
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
500 W. Wilson Bridge Rd.
Worthington, Ohio 43085-2238
Information on low income housing and apartments may are available for veterans, the homeless, and working poor in Ohio. ODFJ is one non-profit involved in homeless prevention and they partner with other groups.

Community Action Commission of Fayette County
1400 U.S. 22,
Washington Ct Hs, OH 43160
(740) 335-7282

Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 233-2000

Community Shelter Board
111 Liberty St,
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-9195
Other resources can also support tenants in the community.





Franklin County
Faith Mission, Inc.
245 North Grant Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6617
May have funds for rent to stop an eviction from occurring.

Maryhaven, Inc.
1791 Alum Creek Dr.
Columbus, OH 43207
(614) 445-8131

The Young Women's Christian Association
65 South Fourth Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614.224.9121

Serenity House
(740) 941-4348

Center for Respite Care, Inc.
3550 Washington Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 621-1868

There are many other non-profits and government agencies that can help.

Hancock County
Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, Inc.
Address: 1800 N Blanchard St
Findlay, OH
Telephone - (419) 427-2848
Clients can learn about shelters, rehousing services that can help with moving or security deposit costs, and even services such as free meals.

Highland County Homeless Shelter
145 Homestead Dr, Hillsboro, OH 45133
(937) 393-0634

The Urban Mission Ministries, Inc.
301 N 5th St.
Steubenville, OH 43952
(740) 282-8010

Lake County
Project Hope for the Homeless
Location is 25 Freedom Rd
Painesville, OH 44077
Phone: (440) 354-6417
The charity helps the homeless as well as people facing an eviction or foreclosure. There may be money available for housing needs, counseling, loans, and other aid.

Neighborhood Alliance
457 Griswold Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Phone: 440-233-8768
HPRP is one of the main eviction prevention programs in the county. it also helps the homeless by providing free motel vouchers and other support.

Lucas County
Beach House
Location is 915 N. Erie St., Toledo, OH 43604

Toledo Community Service Center
669 Indiana Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-242-5505

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Toledo, Inc.
1933 Spielbusch Ave, Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: (419) 244-6711
While there is limited funding, staff or churches may be able to coordinate no interest loans for housing or paying rent expenses. Many other social services are available in an effort to stop evictions in Toledo Ohio.

Marion County
Marion Shelter Program, Inc.
498 N Main St, Marion, OH 43302
(740) 387-4550

Miami County
Community Housing of Darke, Miami & Shelby Counties, Inc.
1100 Wayne St., Suite 4001
Troy, Ohio 45373
Phone: (937) 332-0021
Referrals can be made to the ESG program, or case managers have details on public housing as well as low income apartments.

Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, Inc.
16 E. Franklin Street Troy, Ohio 45373.
Dial: (937) 339-6761





Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners - Call your local county office.

Montgomery Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
370 W 1st St,
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone:(937) 222-6711

St. Vincent de Paul Social Services, Inc.
Location is 120 W Apple St
Dayton, OH
Call - (937) 461-7837
Federal government or state of Ohio grants can be used for expenses such as utilities or rental costs.

If these agencies can’t help, locate other rehousing and emergency eviction prevention services. Assistance is coordinated for singe adults or households with children and others.

Muskingum County
The Salvation Army
515 Putnam Ave.
Zanesville, OH 43701
(740) 452-8350

Pike County
The Community Action Committee of Pike County
941 Market Street, P.O. Box 799
Piketon, Ohio 45661
Phone: 740-289-2371

Family & Community Services, Inc.
705 Oakwood St, Ravenna, OH 44266
(330) 297-7027

Coleman Professional Services, Inc.
5982 Rhodes Rd
Kent, OH
(330) 673-1347

W. S. O. S. Community Action Commission, Inc.
109 S Front St, Fremont, OH 43420
(419) 334-8911

Liberty Center of Sandusky County, Inc.
1421 East State Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420
(419) 332-8777

Scioto Christian Ministry, Inc.
615 Eighth Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

The Young Womens Christian Association, of Canton, Ohio

The American Rescue Workers
1311 Market Ave N
Canton, OH
(330) 455-8155

Additional housing programs are provided too. Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing is combined with social services, such as job placement and budgeting.

Summit County
City of Akron, Department of Planning and Urban Development
161 S High St, Akron, OH 44308
For information on housing programs, dial (330) 375-2750

Assistance is available across the region. Find charities, intake sites for government grants, and other assistance for stopping an eviction..

The Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison and Union Counties, Inc.
149 N Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
(740) 369-3184
This non-profit is part of the nationwide network. The goal is to prevent homelessness and rehouse individuals, whether they are single moms, seniors, or veterans. Many housing solutions, including loans and placement into low income apartments, are available.





Warren County
Warren Metropolitan Housing Authority
990 E Ridge Dr, Lebanon, OH 45036
(937) 425-1226

New Housing Ohio, Inc.
(513) 554-4567

The Community Action Program Corporation of Washington-Morgan Counties
(740) 373-3745

Wayne County
Liberty Center Connections, Inc.
Address is 104 Spink Street / Gault Liberty Center
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Telephone - 330-263-6021

By Jon McNamara

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