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Wayne County Ohio rent assistance.

When a struggling family needs short term rent help, there are several agencies to try in Wayne County Ohio. Emergency funds may be provided by charities, churches, non-profit organizations or the state run Job and Family Services Department. In almost all cases the rental assistance is also combined with general housing counseling services.

Most of the programs go under the name of homeless prevention and rapid rehousing. This means that any person facing eviction (or even foreclosure) can apply for a rent grant. Or, if that is not an option, there are firms that can offer free legal advice and there are even attorneys that can represent a tenant in their local housing court.

Homeless prevention in Wayne County also incorporates help for the homeless. Assistance can come in the form of money to pay a security deposit, transitional housing, or shelter. If all else fails, applicants can be referred to some form of government aid.

People To People Ministries
Address is 454 E Bowman St.
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Main phone number - (330) 262-1662
When funds are available, up to $200 can be provided for rent or security deposits. The funds are one-time only, and generally tenants need to be close to or already behind on the rent due to the landlord.

Community Action Wayne County
2375-B Benden Dr.
Wooster, OH 44691
(330) 264-8677
Referrals are given to housing programs, ranging from HEAP for heating bills to rent help, disability assistance, and more.





There are a few different Salvation Army Centers in Wayne County Ohio. Each one has limited funds for bills or rent, focus on certain forms of assistance, and have strict application processes. Only a small number of these faith based charities may offer emergency rental assistance. Another focus is on cold-weather shelters, resources for single moms or seniors, mortgage assistance, and other one time rent help.

  • One site is at 437 S Market St., Wooster, Ohio 44691, phone (330) 264-4704. It supports residents of Wooster, Fredricksburg, Shreves, Apple Creek and Mount Eaton. The other locations are also listed below.
  • Salvation Army Maiwurm Service Center is at 401 W. High St., Orrville, OH 44667. call (330) 683-3138. It supports North Lawrence, Dalton, Orrville, Marshallville and Kidron.
  • Creston Center is at 121 Factory St., Creston, OH 44217, phone (330) 435-4321. It supports Creston and Sterling.
  • Salvation Army Rittman - St. Anne Church - 139 S 1st St, Rittman, OH 44270, phone (330) 925-2300.

West Salem United Methodist Church
Main address - 80 E Buckeye St.
West Salem, Ohio 44287
(419) 853-4412
Shelter, food, information on rent assistance programs, and other support is given. The vulnerable, including single moms, may be able to benefit from the housing programs.

Wayne County Job and Family Services
Location is 356 W North St.
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Phone: (330) 287-5800
Using government funds, some very low income families may be able to receive rent and/or energy bill help. Any financial aid may come in the form of a loan, and many requirements are in place around employment, financial counseling, and more. But the county can help with rent and other needs as part of homeless prevention – rapid rehousing.




Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority
Location is 345 N Market St # 106
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Call (330) 264-2727
The PHA (Public Housing Authority) for Wayne County Ohio. The main rental program is HUD section 8. It is income based housing for certain apartments, and can be a solution for families near poverty, senior citizens, and or the disabled.

Community Legal Aid Services Inc.
Address - 201 E Liberty St
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Phone number - (330) 264-9454
Free legal aid, including for eviction prevention, can help the poor, indigent, and elderly.

By Jon McNamara

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