Union and Madison County emergency assistance programs.

Financial aid for bills and rent

Salvation Army of Union County runs housing programs for families and veterans. Funds may be offered for everything for security deposits to utility or heating bills and rent. Other resources include an emergency food box, furniture, and more. Additional services range from budgeting classes to referrals. Address is 232 N Main St, Ste F in Marysville, or dial (937) 738-7604.

Community Action Organization of Madison and Union – The location in Marysville Ohio has a phone number of (937) 642-4986. Over 10 programs are available for income qualified clients. The non-profit will help clients apply for grants from HEAP for paying heating bills. Additional financial support, including loans, may be available as well for critical expenses.

They offer Head Start applications, process surplus USDA food or commodities, and offer credit counseling. Some of the other services may be applications to various state of Ohio and federal government programs as well as case management. Madison County families can use the center at 255 W High St, London, Ohio 43140 (call 740.852.3511) and the Union County site is in Marysville at 232 N Main St. Ste D, Main phone 937.642.4986.

Veterans Service Office - Union County helps veterans, their spouses and families. They can transport veterans to VA medical facilities, help with completing applications to VA benefits, and offer  emergency and temporary financial assistance. Food, grants for back rent, medications, auto repairs for work and more is available from the office. In Union County, dial (937) 642-7956. A similar office is for veterans in Madison County. This location is at 1 North Main Street Room 011 London, OH 43140, and the phone number is (740) 852-0676.




The Hope Center is an intake site for numerous social services. Examples of assistance in Madison and Union County includes Gas and Water Bill Service Payment Assistance, clothing, shelter, legal aid, and furniture or appliances for a new home. Location is 212 Chestnut St, Marysville, OH 43040. Call (937) 303-4209 for information, or find more information on water bill assistance.

Union County Senior Services will offer meals, both home delivery and congregate sites. There are recreational activities and trips for senior citizens and their care givers. Or get help from the state of Ohio Benefit bank for programs such as SHIP or Medicare applications. The phone number is (937) 644-9629, and the office is located in Marysville, OH 43040.




Salvation Army of London – This charity has a family center. They too may have funds for rent or a deposit. Other resources include the Angel Tree program for Christmas gifts and meals, shelter, as well as transitional housing. A thrift store is also on site for free or low cost school supplies and household goods. Phone - (740) 852-3511.

Medical and dental programs

Grace Medical Clinic is a a free as well as dental medical clinic for patients of all ages who are uninsured in Union County. Dial (937) 303-4209 for an appointment.

Madison County Health Partners Free Clinic – Medical services range from internal medicine, OB-gyn, diabetic education, psychiatry, physicals, pap smear tests and mammograms. Financial assistance can help people acquire medications as well, or get referrals to free dental care. Dial (740) 845-7286. There are clinics in Plain City and London, or locate a list of health care clinics in Ohio.

Pantries and food banks in Union and Madison

Marysville Food Pantry is located at 333 Ash St. Dial (937) 644-3248. Groceries, paper products, weekend snacks for children and hunger prevention services are run.

Plain City Pantry has free groceries, free food, toiletries, clothing, and holiday meals. (614) 733-0900.

Richwood has a food bank too at 235 Grove St, which is behind the Civic Center. Phone - (740) 751-3031.




Richwood Emergency Assistance (phone - (740) 751-3031) supports low income families of the North Union School District. Vouchers and gift certificates are passed out.

Food Through Faith of London Ohio. (740) 852-4735.

HELP Housing – The emergency food pantry has meals for seniors and children from low income families. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals as well as small presents are available too. Phone - (740) 852-1980.

Madison County food bank - (740) 852-5822. The non-profit covers  London, Sedalia and South Solon.

Mount Sterling Community Center – Staff can pass out a box of food or help clients apply for WCI vouchers or an EBT part from SNAP food stamps. (740) 869-2453.


By Jon McNamara

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