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Lorain County rent assistance.

Get help with paying rent and housing expenses from a number of different non-profit agencies, charities, churches and government programs in Lorain County Ohio. Programs can help with meeting housing needs such as security deposits, moving costs, and also provide emergency rent help. The places to apply to for assistance are below.

Many of the financial assistance programs administered are able to help people meet short term needs. In addition to providing funds and grants to qualified families and individuals, the Lorain County agencies will also provide information, guidance, and case management. There are even long term programs, including rent subsidied housing from section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. As the primary goal is to help people become self-sufficient over the long term, so that they can get back on track with paying for their own housing and rent expenses.

Catholic Charities Family Center for Lorain
203 W. 8th St.
Lorain Ohio 44052
Phone number - (440) 244-9915
Provides information, limited amounts of financial and rent assistance, and other support to families who are faced with a crisis or eviction. Lorain County residents can apply for help, regardless of religion, from the church based group. More on rent help from Lorain County Catholic Charities.

Housing Services Program/NORD Center Residential Services
Address - 3150 Clifton Avenue
Lorain, Ohio 44055
Phone number - (440) 204-4376

Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services
Main office - 42485 North Ridge Rd
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Dial (440)323-5726
The county and state of Ohio provide the Prevention, Retention, and Contingency program as well as cash assistance. Both of them may help with rent and housing costs, in an effort to stop homelessness. There is also TANF, welfare, job programs, and a number of other social services that can in effect help with housing needs of the low income.




Lorain County Veterans Service Commission
42495 North Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 284-4625
Eligible veterans and their immediate families who demonstrate a need for help can receive rent and/or mortgage assistance.

Lorain County Urban League
Location - 401 Broad Street Suite B
Elyria, Ohio
Call (440) 323-3364 x22 for details on emergency housing assistance, foreclosure counseling, and direct cash assistance or grants. There may be loans for buying homes or support for minorities or immigrants, referrals to moving programs as well as legal aid, rent resources, and other programs for the disadvantaged.

Lorain County Metropolitan Housing Authority
1600 Kansas Avenue
Dial 440-288-1600
Offers permanent housing for low income, and information and help in applying for government assistance. Programs administered here include section 8 housing vouchers for paying rent. There is also public housing, low income apartments, and home buying programs.

Neighborhood House Association of Lorain County
3835 Clifton Ave
Phone (440) 233-8768
Helps people met basic human needs, enhance individual and family life and improve neighborhood and community functioning. The non-profit meets this goal be offering social and educational services, advocacy, leadership and community participation.

Amherst Service Unit - Old Stone Evangelical Church
553 South Main Street
Amherst, OH 44001
Only people ion zip code of 44001 can dial (440) 984-2550
This may be the leading non-profit organization to call. An extensive menu of programs are offered for low income, unemployed, and working poor families. Everything from emergency rental assistance, loans for paying security deposits, food, and LIHEAP is offered. Work with a counselor to get help with your housing needs.





Neighborhood Alliance
Location is 1536 East 30th Street
Lorain, Ohio 44055
(440) 277-9272
Limited funds or cash loans can pay a portion of back rent as part of Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing. Applications are reviewed case by case, and priority is for families with a source of income. Money may also be used for a deposit, heating costs, and other housing costs. Find other housing programs from Neighborhood Alliance.

North Ridgeville Community Care
Location is 34015 Center Ridge
North Ridgeville
Primary phone number - (440) 353-9716

Oberlin Service Unit
Address is 305 Artino Street, Suite C
Oberlin, OH 44074
Main phone - (440) 774-343
Rent assistance is for families that qualify. Applicants need to be from the city and be facing eviction. Case management can also help residents, including seniors and single parents, find an affordable apartment and vouchers can help with ongoing rental expenses.

Oberlin Community Services
Address is 285 South Professor Street
Oberlin, Ohio 44074
Phone number - (440) 774-6579
Coordinates services for low-income persons in Oberlin, including housing and rent. The services administered provide direct assistance, referrals, and other aid to the needy.

Lorain County Office On Aging
Address: 320 North Gateway Boulevard
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 452-0351
Limited funds for senior citizens and the elderly in the county. Money may be issued for rent, energy bills, and more to those facing homelessness.

Avon Lake Community Resource Services
Location is 33501 Lake Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
Call (440) 933-5639
Using grants from the government, the non-profit may have emergency rent help for low income families. All funds are issued on a case by case basis, and loans may be issued in some cases for paying past due rental expenses. There is aid for the disabled, seniors, and others.





Salvation Army-Lagrange Service Unit
105 West Main Street
Lagrange, Ohio 44040
Phone - 440-355-4203
A homeless shelter, funds for utility bills, furniture, rent help and other social services are offered.

Lorain County HPRP is an eviction prevention program that has many parts, all of which assist with rent. Attorneys may offer free legal aid to stop evictions, there are motel vouchers, and grants for paying rental arrears or energy bills among other components. More on Lorain County homeless prevention.

Salvation Army - Wellington Service Unit
181 East Herrick Avenue
Wellington, OH 44090
(440) 647-7600
Both of the Salvation Army branches referenced above administer a number of assistance and social service programs for unemployed, low income, and poor Lorain County Ohio families. The first people in line to get help will be those with eviction notices. Get help with everything from paying rent and deposits, up through applying for federal government programs such as section 8 vouchers. Other assistance is offered, including household goods, food, and much more.

Sina K. Evans House
1536 East 30th Street
Lorain, Ohio

Legal Aid - Lorain County Office
Local office is at 1530 West River Road
Elyria, OH 44035
(888) 817-3777
Free advice for tenants with a pay or quite notice, and the goal is on stopping evictions. Lawyers can also arrange landlord mediation, assist with unsafe living conditions or apartments, and offer other housing assistance, including referrals to rent programs.

35765 Chester Road
Avon, OH 44011
Phone number is (440) 933-7621 Voice
Housing, rent, and medical assistance for breast cancer patients and their families. Case managers will work with patients on their housing needs. Note that applicants need to have some form of breast cancer diagnosis.







Family Promise of Lorain County
440 West Lorain Street
Elyria, Ohio 44074
Dial (440) 284-0494
Family Law (include eviction defense), shelter, and social services for immigrants, single moms, and families in poverty. In rare cases, cash aid for rent or security/utility deposits are offered.

Lorain County low income housing and shelter

The locations below specialize in placing people into low income housing, can provide shelter, and emergency services for the low income as well as the homeless. There may be shelter for those on drugs or alcohol, single moms, children, and the poor.

  • Genesis House, P.O. Box 718, Lorain, dial (440) 323-3400
  • Haven Center, 1536 E. 30th St, Lorain Ohio, phone number (440) 277-9272
  • Housing Services Program/Nord Center Residential Services, 3150 Clifton Ave,, primary phone (440) 204-9714
  • St. Joseph Emergency Shelter, address is 317 West 15 St., Lorain Ohio, (440) 246-1517

By Jon McNamara

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