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Van Wert County assistance programs.

Utility bill, rent, or mortgage assistance

The Van Wert County DJFS has an assistance program that will help families in need. They offer cash grants to help a family make it thru a short term financial emergency. The program benefits and services are available to help lower income and needy unemployed, or even employed families, who need short-term help during a financial crisis.

The money that Van Wert County Ohio offers can be used to pay one payment for the family during a certain month. Some examples of this include a utility bill, either one that is past due or current, or the grants can also be used to pay rent or even a monthly mortgage payment. The bill that you can get help paying can include late fees and past months' dues, and you can get up to $1000 in assistance. Call 419-238-5430

While they may not have direct financial assistance, Van Wert County Family & Children First (dial 419.238.6848) is a non-profit that may be able to provides emergency services for families. At the very least they are a great place to go to for information on Ohio and federal government programs.

Salvation Army (dial 419.238.9100) is always a great place for information on charities, non-profits, and programs that can offer food, grants for rent and bills, and other forms of aid.

The Northwestern and Van Wert Ohio Community Action Commission is a regional non-profit that offers support to the less fortunate and working poor. They often partner with local agencies such as the United Way, churches and also rely on government departments such as the Ohio Department of Development. Several services are available, with a focus on housing, emergency utility bill assistance, and coordinating help for children in the county.

Some examples of the housing programs include loans to pay for home repairs for the elderly or disabled, rental assistance and help for security deposits. A shelter is also available for short term stays and serves free meals.

The center processes applications for numerous federal government assistance programs and benefits. They run Head Start in Van Wert County as well as administer heating and utility bill assistance from HEAP. Several conservation measures are offered, including for customers of First Energy and they administer the government weatherization program too. Other assistance may be free food, government commodities, and more. Continue with programs from Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission.





Health care in Van Wert Ohio

The primary free community clinic to call is the Family Health Center of Northwest Ohio. They are located in  Van Wert, OH, and the phone number is 419.238.6747. This community clinics provides residents of the county with free or low cost basic health and dental care to area residents who are without a primary care provider. Find other Ohio free community clinics.

Food programs

If you or your family need food, the West Ohio Food Bank is a place to call. They partner and work with many food banks, pantries, churches, and other organizations. The main facility is in Lima Ohio and can be called at 419.222.7946. The primary, number one mission of the West Ohio Food Bank is to find, rescue, and distribute food, while working with local charities, to people living in poverty in the region of Van Wert. They partner with a through an efficient network that is involved in uniting the public and private sectors.




By Jon McNamara

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