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Rent assistance in Toledo Ohio region.

Several agencies in Toledo and Lucas County provide help to pay rent and housing expenses such as security deposits or moving expenses. In addition, a large number of homeless shelters or places for free motel vouchers are in the community. Find charities, churches or government agencies that offer financial assistance programs for paying bills, including utility connection costs (deposits), back rent to stop an eviction, storage costs and more. Or learn about low income, rent subsidized apartments from Section 8 HCV vouchers.

A listing of charities and government social service organizations are listed below and all are targeted at helping the low income, the disabled or seniors. There is also financial aid or free legal support for others who are struggling in Toled Ohio. Locate emergency rental assistance from grant programs or loans to help prevent homelessness. Call one of the agencies below for direct financial help as well as other forms of eviction prevention programs.

Where to get help paying rent and housing costs in Lucas County Ohio

Lucas County Veterans Service Commission – Veterans can apply for rent help, career counseling, food, and referrals to local Toledo and Lucas County charities. There is the HUD-VASH as well as SSVF programs for veterans that are homeless or close to it. The main office is 1301 Monroe Street Ste 180, Toledo, Ohio. Call (419) 213-6090.

AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Lucas County. Another non-profit that focuses on HIV and AIDs patients. Get help with rent, energy bills, and housing counseling. The agency is known as Equitas Health Toledo.  They also offer a service known as David’s House Compassion, Inc. Get referrals to housing programs, emergency financial assistance for paying rent, case management, and ask about government assistance. The address is 3450 W. Central Avenue Ste 210, Toledo, Ohio. Dial (419) 241-9444.

Pathway (formerly the Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo (EOPA) (phone (419) 242-7304) may have limited amounts of financial assistance for paying rent, and at the very least they offer information and referrals. Case managers from the non-profit can help low income families, the disabled, and working poor apply for government grants, housing vouchers for paying a portion of their rent, or loans. The agency is a leading non-profit. The address is 505 Hamilton Street Toledo, Ohio 43604.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo offers a program known as Family Emergency Guidance, which can offer one time only funds to help pay rent, if an applicant has an eviction notice and meets other criteria. There are other resources too, ranging from furniture to referrals to deposit assistance or other social services. Dial  (419) 244-6711, and the main location is 1933 Spielbusch Ave, Toledo, OH 43604. Or find more details on Catholic Charities in Toledo housing and rent assistance.




Christ the King Church, located at 4100 Harvest Lane in Toledo, may have limited funding for housing costs, such as rent and mortgage payments. They are part of St. Vincent De Paul Society. Call (419) 475-0909 or (419) 475-4348.

St. Vincent de Paul is located at 5522 Dorr Street in Toledo, Ohio. They only help residents of the district. The charity has assistance with housing, referrals to short term loans for rent expenses, and other social services are offered. This church organizations can refer people of all religions to emergency rental, housing, and financial assistance programs and resources. Call (419) 531-5268.

Toledo Community Service Center (Family House) - There is an emergency shelter. When it is time to move out, case managers help individuals by referring them to programs for first months rental costs or a security deposit. Also, before a homeless event occurs, tenants can call the non-profit if they have an eviction notice, if they are behind on their rent or have disconnect notices for their utilities. Assistance is also for single parents and seniors. The main number is 419-242-5505.

Little Flower Parish - SVDP is located at 5522 Dorr Street, Toledo, OH 43615. There is back rent payment help, funds for utility bills, and security deposit help. Volunteers from the parish help the poor, single moms and others. Some people may be given free furniture as well. Call (419) 531-5268 or (419) 537-6655.

Job and Family Services of Lucas County is the main government agency. Very low income families can get help, including with housing. There is the PRC program that can provide grants to help with paying rent or a mortgage. Funds can also pay a security deposit, moving costs, or provide tenants with other social services around self-sufficiency. There is also SSI disability applications and help for the elderly. The address is 3737 Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, OH 43623. Call (419) 213-8800 or (419) 213-8999.

Salvation Army NWO has many social services. Address is 620 N Erie Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604. The non-profit has very limited assistance. There may be grants for paying rent, overdue utility bills, or a security deposit for the homeless. Shelter and other housing resources are offered, including to rental programs or transitional housing. Call (419) 241-1138.





Legal Aid of Western Ohio provides free legal assistance, including to prevent an eviction. Services are available in Lucas County and Toledo. Low income families and seniors can work with attorneys to have their housing issues resolved. Free lawyers may also represent tenants in housing court. Phone (937) 228-8088 or (888) 534-1432.

Government funded homeless prevention programs combine grants for rent and legal aid to tenants with an eviction notice. When barrier to housing is too great, then Rapid Rehousing may be used in Lucas County. This will combine vouchers for motels with money for security or rental deposits. More on Lucas County eviction and rehousing assistance.

Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority is the section 8 administer. The agency is a combination non-profit, government affiliated. They have section 8 HCV rent vouchers from HUD, information on public housing, self-sufficiency, and home buying programs, among other resources.

The PHA also operates low-income, subsidized homes or apartments for low income households. Emergency section 8 can also help seniors or the disabled in Lucas County. The address is 435 Nebraska Ave, Toledo, OH 43604, phone (419) 259-9400.

Mustard Seed may be able to provide emergency rental assistance as well as other support. Call (419) 727-1800. There may also be free furniture for an apartment, help in paying for storage costs, or rental deposit help as well. The faith based charity is at 5420 302nd St, Toledo, Ohio 43611.

Volunteers of America Northwest Ohio has very limited eviction help. A main focus is on veterans, single moms, or the disabled. Some funds may be offered for rent. There is also homeless shelter, short term housing, legal aid, and case management. The location is 701 Jefferson, Toledo, OH 43604. For information or referrals, dial (419) 241-7191 or (419) 248-3733, or find eviction prevention programs near you.

NeighborWorks has housing resources. Appointments are needed. There may be referrals to emergency rent assistance programs, weatherization services for saving money on utility bills, and advice. There is also financial literacy programs and support to Toledo area families who want to buy a home - including lower income renters. The address is 704 2nd Street, Toledo, Ohio 43605. Call 419.691.2900 for appointments.

Short term housing in Lucas County

The locations and charities below mostly can provide transitional housing, shelters, public housing, and information on low income housing and/or rent programs, including those from the state of Ohio and federal government. Counseling is also usually offered.

Aurora Project Inc. - Address - 1035 N. Superior St., Phone - (419) 244-3200

Saint Clement Parish is located at 3030 Tremainsville Rd. Call (419) 472-2111. Any rent assistance, vouchers, furniture, and more is only for residents in the parish boundary, and they are based in Toledo, Ohio with a zip code of 43613.





Cherry Street Men’s Mission - Location and phone number is 501 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43604. Dial (419) 242-5141. They focus on homeless shelter for men. Once stabilized, there may help moving as well as for deposits or first months rent.

Cherry Street Women’s Mission is for women at 436 W. Delaware. Dial (419) 321-1835. Women, single moms, their children can use the shelter. It gives meals, legal aid, and referrals to rent programs as well as transitional housing in Lucas County.

Family House address is 669 Indiana Ave, Toledo, OH 43604. Telephone number (419) 242-5505

Beach House Family Shelter - Center address is 915 N. Erie St., Toledo, dial (419) 241-9277

YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter - Address and telephone - 1018 Jefferson Ave., (419) 241-7386. they help keep women (and their children) safe.


By Jon McNamara

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