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Scioto County assistance programs.

Find rent help

If you are behind on your rent, or facing an eviction, the Scioto County Homeless Shelter "Operation Safety Net" assistance program receives federal grant funding The funds can be used to help you catch up on rent, or even pay energy and heating bills.

The Homeless Assistance Grant Program provides homelessness prevention services, rent eviction aid, and other assistance. Funds can also be used to help move people from homelessness to permanent housing through the provision of emergency shelter, transitional housing, and direct housing.

Money from the non-profit agency is also available for assistance with paying security deposits and a renters first month’s rent. The program has a goal of providing long-term, permanent supportive housing to low to moderate income people, the elderly, and also homeless individuals with disabilities.

The Program is funded with state of Ohio and federal government dollars, as well as funds from the Emergency Shelter Grant Program and Ohio Housing Trust Fund dollars.

Many experts, as well as the state of Ohio, say that the money will help with paying security deposits, rent and utilities for those people who are struggling with housing costs. So this program will help make a difference to those in need. These are federal government Homeless Prevention And Rapid Rehousing funds, and are effective when people are faced with an eviction or imminent homelessness.

Those individuals or families who eminent homelessness need to bring an eviction notice or utility service disconnect notice to the shelter, and they may be able to help with grants or funds.

For more information about the Scioto County Homeless Shelter and the rent programs offered, or to apply, call 353-4085.




Employment assistance and job training

The Community Action Organization of Scioto County has programs and resources that can help people find a job, and also increase their employment skills. The non-profit also coordinates low cost dental care, run a food pantry, and offer information on loans and grants from HEAP or other programs.

  • The Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) provides job-training and employment services for low to moderate income people, economically disadvantaged adults and youth, dislocated workers, people who have recently lost their jobs, and others who face significant employment barriers. Others can apply as well.

    The program authorizes job training and services for the low income as well as economically disadvantaged and others who face significant employment barriers. There is also services around obtaining a GED and resources for immigrants. Job training and employment services are offered through government grants to states for local training and employment programs. States, such as Ohio, are responsible for further allocating their own state funds to their SDAs and for overseeing the planning and operation of local programs. Scioto County also contributes to the program.

    Various resources are available. For example, program services include an assessment of an unemployed individual's needs and abilities. Professional will work with the applicant to develop a strategy of services such as classroom training, job-search assistance, on-the-job training, work experience, employment counseling, basic skills training, computer skills, support services, and other skills, such as interviewing.
  • As noted, CAO of Scioto County offers other financial help and referrals. Whether a client is seeking grants to pay their heating bills or needs affordable dental care, resources are available. Residents of Scioto County can also get referred to cooking classes, shelter, or programs for paying rent, such as section 8. Other aid is arranged too.

Contact the Community Action Organization at 433 Third St., Portsmouth OH 45662, Phone: (740) 354-4531. Or read more on CAO of Scioto County assistance programs.





Food and emergency aid in Scioto County

The Freestore Foodbank provides referrals, outreach, and more. The non-profit agency operates a client choice clothing closet, free food pantry, and passes out personal hygiene items. Other resources from Freestore in the Portsmouth area include grants as part of homeless prevention, holiday meals, applications to public assistance, and many other programs focused on low income families. More on Freestore Foodbank.


By Jon McNamara














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