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Richland County Ohio assistance programs.

There are many agencies (churches, charities, and human services department) that provide financial help. Families of all income, whether working or not in Richland County, can get assistance. Find how to apply for free food programs, rent or security deposit assistance, utility bill help, gas vouchers, and even free medical care. The resources are listed below.

Help for prescription drugs, energy bills, food assistance, and more

The Central City Economical Development Community Action Council is a local organization that is determined to assist both Mansfield and Richland County Residence. Some of the services they offer are below. Contact them to apply, or learn what other resources they can offer you.

HEAP - Winter Crisis Program
This is the Home Energy Assistance Program, which is a federally funded heating and utility bill assistance program that was created to help eligible Ohioans meet the rising cost of home heating this winter and assist them with paying their gas and heating bills. The utility bill assistance program helps income-eligible households who face disconnection, have had their utilities disconnected, or have a 10-day or less supply of bulk or heating fuel.

HEAP - Summer Crisis Program
There is also a program for the hot summer months. The Summer Crisis Program on the other hand is designed to assist eligible customers with electric service disconnects during the spring to fall months.

Emergency Food, Housing, and Shelter Program
Qualified households can receive a cash grant that is to be used as a one time rent / mortgage payment and / or utility bill payment. Of course the customer must meet all program guidelines and criteria.

Help with medical debt
Patients with outstanding medical debt or bills due to medical facilities and hospitals can receive help from  negotiation services and other health care costs can be reduced or eliminated. Find other ways to get out of medical debt.




Medical Assistance Program and Prescription Assistance
The Medical Assistance Program will help families and individuals who do not have any health insurance that provides prescription rugs. It will provide prescription medications in order to help prevent a crisis situation. This program is primarily designed to assist low and moderate income eligible residents of Richland County who do not have any prescription coverage in their insurance plans.

Social Services is the umbrella name for many of the financial aid programs. The goal of this is to end homelessness and hunger. CACEHR may be able to provide Richland County families with a cash grant for paying a security deposit, energy bill, or a partial rent payment. Other resources are available as well.

The community action agency is located at 597 Park Ave E, Mansfield, Ohio 44905, (419) 626-4320. More Community Action Commission Richland County.

Housing and energy bill assistance

Catholic Charities has a Rental/ Mortgage Assistance Program, 35 N. Park St. 419-524-0733. Catholic Charities provides assistance with your mortgage or rent as funding allows.

Catholic Charities will also provide assistance to all people who need help, provided they meet certain conditions and that funding is available to them. Currently they are only providing rent assistance for individuals and families who are under the age of 60.





As noted, there are limited funds to disburse. Catholic Charities gets their funding from the Richland County Foundation, and Richland County will specify how funding is spent and what programs are offered. For those who need help with other bills, Catholic Charities recommends people contact First Call of Richland County, which is currently based at the Mansfield/ Richland County Public Library. Some families may be issued a short term loan for their housing needs, including rent or utilities. This is mostly due to the limited resources available.

They partner with Richland County Job and Family Services to provide information on other assistance programs that may be available. Mansfield Ohio (419) 524-0733. More details.

Community Assistance Program, Shelby Help Line Ministries, 29 1/2 Walnut St., Shelby. Provides financial assistance and grants for electric bills, bread products, rent payments furniture and can also oversee the loaning of medical equipment. (419) 347-6307

Consumer Protection and Debt Collection Defense (Legal Aid), 35 N. Park St. Provides discounted or legal services for low to moderate income clients with consumer protection and debt collection defense issues, as well as credit card help.Financial Aid (RC Veterans Service Commission), Provides residents with temporary emergency financial aid for RC veterans who have met unexpected financial hardship or crisis. Call 419-774-5822.

Emergency rent help and housing stability services are available in Richland County. Some organizations focus on stopping evictions of tenants as well as rehousing families or individuals. The options available range from emergency funds for rent or deposits to homeless shelters, legal aid and more. Find more details on rent assistance in Richland County and Mansfield.

Harmony House Homeless Shelter, 124 W. Third St., Mansfield. Provides emergency shelter to homeless for up to a 90 day stay. (419) 522-2283

Richland County OHCAC - Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission is a local non-profit that also helps by offering a “hand up” to the low income. Referrals or applications to everything from weatherization to Head Start and grants for paying rent may be provided. Or Richland area families can explore government resources such as Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus or HEAP for paying utility bills. More on Ohio Heartland Community Action assistance programs.





Clothing needs

Clothes Closet as well as thrift store. Ontario Free Methodist Church, 2200 Bedford Blvd.; (419) 483-3071. There may be winter coats for kids, furniture, and other items.

Clothes Closet (Mansfield), Park Avenue Baptist Church, 296 Park Avenue West;

Clothes Closet and free vouchers are at Plymouth-Shiloh Ecumenical Church Council, 26 Mechanics St.

Clothes Line, Bellville Presbyterian Church, Bellville;

Food pantries

  • Abundant Life Tabernacle Food Pantry, 1085 Bedford Blvd.;
  • Catholic Charities Food Pantry, 523 Park Ave  East This location is only open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They also serve free holiday meals and may give out food boxes or Christmas gifts.
  • Diamond Hills Baptist Church, 647 S. Diamond St. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Second and fourth Tuesday for neighborhood only. (419) 524-4761
  • First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway, Shelby. (419) 522-0662
  • Food and Community Funds, Lexington Community Church, 225 S. Mill St. Call: 419-884-1244 for information or to apply.
  • Grace Episcopal Church, 41 Bowman St., Mansfield. Open 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday only
  • Lucas Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry. 9 a.m. to noon second and fourth Saturday for Mifflin, This program serves Monroe and Washington Township residents only, so you need to live there.
  • Mitchell Chapel A.M.E., 182 S. Adams St. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. (419) 524-9932
  • Mount Hermon Baptist Church, 292 Charles St., Mansfield. Dial 419-747-4164
  • New Life Church of Christ (Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center), 195 Durbin St.,
  • Ontario Christian Church, 1029 Lewis Road. Call: 419-529-5684
  • Ontario Free Methodist Church, 2200 Bedford Blvd.
  • Park Avenue Baptist Church, 296 Park Avenue West. (419) 524-3802
  • Plymouth-Shiloh Food Pantry, 26 Mechanics St., Shiloh.
  • Prayer and Praise Christian Network, East Gate Outreach Building, 1095 Koogle Road.
  • Ridgeway First Church of God, 1380 Park Avenue East.
  • Salvation Army Food Panty, 47 S. Main St., Mansfield. The pantry hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30am to 11:15am. Wednesday pantry hours are 3:30 to 6:00. The office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:00am to 4:00 and Wednesdays 12:00 to 7:00 pm.
  • Shelby Help Line Ministries, 29 1/2 Walnut St. rear, Shelby. Shelby area resident and families only.
  • Volunteers of America, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. (419) 525-4589. Get more information on assistance from Volunteers of America.
  • Woodville Grace Brethren Church, 580 Woodville Road. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Call: 419-524-8552 for information.







Utility and heating bill assistance

Emergency Heating and Utility Bill Assistance (Salvation Army Mansfield) 47 S. Main St. 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Mon. to Fri. This organization provides emergency assistance with paying gas, electric, and water bills to help prevent the disconnection of service or if someone runs out of heating fuel. (419) 525-2912. Read more Ohio Salvation Army assistance programs.

CCEDC-CAC Winter Crises Program to HEAP, 523 Park Avenue East 8 Provides assistance to low to middle income people with paying home heating bills. Appointment line or more information: 866-747-1041

First Energy Fuel Fund (RCJFS) 171 Park Avenue East. 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. This group takes applications and will determine eligibility for the First Energy Fuel Fund Program for Ohio Edison.

Richland County Ohio free meals and food aid

  • Abundance Grace Fellowship, 1080 W. Longview Ave.,
  • Central Park District Gazebo, downtown Mansfield, Volunteers of America, open 5 p.m. every Thursday.
  • First Christian Church, 200 W. Third St.,
  • First English Lutheran Church, 53 Park Avenue West,
  • First United Methodist Church, 12 N. Diamond St., Mansfield.
  • First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Gamble St., Shelby,
  • Greater St. John’s Church of God in Christ, 190 Chester Ave.,
  • Greek Orthodox Church Fellowship Center,
  • Main Street United Methodist Church, 230 S. Main St., open to residents only on 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Tuesday; 6 p.m. every Tuesday; 5 to 7 p.m. last Friday of each week
  • Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 343 N. Main St., 4 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday hours
  • Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, 292 Charles Ave.,
  • Presbyterian Church Bellville,
  • Real Life Community Church, 670 Kentucky Ave.,
  • Salvation Army, 47 S. Main St.,
  • Senior Center, 199 N. Main St. (next to the Bissman building)
  • Shiloh Full Gospel Baptist Church, 130 E. Second St., open for people noon to 2 p.m. third Saturday of each month
  • St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2 Marion Ave.,
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, 48 Church St., Bellville, 5 to 6:30 p.m. first Thursday are the hours
  • St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 104 W. First St.,
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1262 Ashland Road, Spirit and Truth Christian Center, 105 Reba Ave.,
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, 1592 Grace St.





Community clinics in Richland Ohio

A couple centers are listed below. They are just a sampling. Find additional Ohio free community clinics that may be able to help the low income as well as people without health insurance. They can give either free medical or dental care.

Third Street Family Health Services - Offers both dental and medical care to people with no other options available to them. Mansfield Ohio. (419) 526-7871

Richland Public Health - This county and government run center offers health and medical care on a sliding fee scale, so bills are reduced for those who can’t afford to pay them. Dial (419) 774-4700.

Catholic Charities has a prescription and medical bill assistance program.  Please call Catholic Charities for more details 419-524-0733.


By Jon McNamara

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