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Wood County Ohio assistance programs.

When times are difficult, the agencies below may be able to help. There is emergency financial help as well as free stuff. Whether it is money to pay an electric bill or back rent, a free box of food or clothes or school items, or job placement/debt reduction assistance, find a list of resources in Wood County to apply at below. The options range from local charities to churches, non-profits, government agencies, and more.

The financial aid is often seasonal in nature too. There may be additional grants to pay heating or gas bills during the winter as well as free Christmas gifts or winter coats. Or during the hotter summer mans, free fans to cool a home or air conditioners may be given. Then of course there are Thanksgiving turkey dinners for low income families, job programs during the hiring seasons in Wood County and so much more.

How to find assistance for paying your bills

The WSOS Community Action Agency ((419) 334-8911) is an organization that provides local residents with several programs that can both help them pay their existing bills, and also help them get back on their feet over the long term. They are located at 109 South Front Street in Fremont Ohio. Some of the programs they offer are below. However, contact them to apply to these, or to learn what else they can do to help.

Foreclosure prevention:
This program is available to help homeowners who are facing foreclosure. Aid is offered through the Community Housing Improvement Program program, which provides foreclosure prevention counseling with mortgage assistance. Counseling offered includes forming a crisis budget, understanding the timeline of foreclosure, and receiving options and referrals available for additional assistance, including mortgage modifications and more.

Reduce utility and heating bills:
A variety of energy conservation programs are available, and they are to be used to reduce energy consumption and therefore utility and heating bills. They have a trained inspector who will conduct energy audits, inspect homes to identify heating inefficiencies, and work with residents to reduce their consumption and lower their utility bills.




Many of the energy WSOS community action saving improvements are free to the homeowner. Other programs include the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP), the Columbia Gas WarmChoice Program, Electrical Partnership Program (EPP), and assistance from First Energy.

Rent and housing assistance:
There are several ways to get housing assistance, including short term rental assistance, supportive services, and intensive case management.

Financial management and services:
WSOS community action wants families to build wealth and gain new skills. Whether it is help in paying down debts or saving money, improving employment skills, taking freelance jobs, or something else, the Wood County non-profit will try to help.

Grants for utility and heating bills:
Provides emergency cash grants and assistance for heating and electric bills to households who are threatened with a utility shut off, if a family has less than a ten day fuel supply, or if they are already disconnected. Programs available include the Emergency Food And Shelter Program (EFSP), Summer Crisis Program, and the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP).

All of the resources above are administered by WSOS Community Action Agency. They offer other grants and self-sufficiency too. Read more on Wood County WSOS community action agency.





Free food from pantries and food banks

Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry (phone (419) 353-5174) runs some food assistance programs for the low income and needy in the community.

The state as well as Wood County government help families access benefits as well as welfare programs. Whether SNAP food stamps or disability, or Meals on Wheels, charities assist. Even find details on National Hunger Hotline.

First United Methodist Church (dial (419) 353-0682), St. Aloysius Church (419) 352-4195 and United Christian Fellowship - The Common Good (call (419) 806-4475) all can provide aid. Contact these charities and non-profits in Bowling Green and Wood County for free food, groceries, clothing, information, and other non-financial assistance.

If those centers can’t help, then locate additional food pantries in Wood County. All across Bowling Green and other towns are places that serve meals, offer free groceries or even pass out school supplies or clothing. Read more Wood County free food pantries.

Emergency financial assistance in Wood County

Contact a partnership of local churches. Wood County Area Ministries is a collaborative project and partnership that is made up of among Bowling Green area churches that seeks to meet the basic needs of the people in the local community. They may have cash for food, utilities, and housing needs, and the churches can also help by empowering residents to live self-sufficient. The churches operate in the Bowling Green Ohio area, and dial 419-352-1322.

Wood County Job and Family Services. The non-profit offers emergency assistance and help for a crisis situation, and aid is provided through the programs including Prevention, Retention, and Contingency Plan (PRC), the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), and community resources.





Primary services and assistance offered includes car repair, rent help, housing/shelter, utility and heating bill assistance and, employment related needs. Also get information on Medicaid and LIHEAP. Call (419) 352-7566. The Family Services group can also be a great place for information. For example, learn about rent assistance programs.

One of the top agencies to call in any community is your local Salvation Army, and this branch helps those in North Baltimore and Southern Wood County. But referrals can also be given to people that live outside those regions.

They offer Basic Needs assistance, which includes, but is not limited to the following. There may be free used and new Clothing, Utilities, Prescriptions drug vouchers, Heating Oil, or Free Food. Some of the other services in the community include Rent, Shelter, free school supplies, Christmas gifts, and Health Care Needs. Call (419) 257-2334, or find more Wood County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Non-profit and charities may offer emergency rental assistance in Wood County. The type of support will vary, and it may be a loan or some other form of partial rent payment. Other housing programs can range from shelter to legal aid to stop an eviction or even money for a security deposit. Locate rent assistance in Wood County.

All Saints Catholic Church provides emergency support as well. The ability of this charity to assist is very limited, and they only support a portion of Wood County. What may be offered includes everything from food to free gasoline vouchers or bus tokens. Other financial support may be offered for the working poor as well. Learn more.

Clothing distribution centers in Wood County can provide the working poor and low income with free clothes. Some sites in Bowling Green may offer other support, such as limited financial aid or referrals. Additional assistance programs operated by these clothing closets and thrift stores can include free Christmas assistance, toys, coats, school supplies, and even household goods. Click Wood County free clothing closets.

Another branch is the Salvation Army Social Services of Bowling Green. This location, which is located in Bowling Green Ohio and can be reached at 419-352-5918, provide services and resources for heating bills, short term shelter(priority given to low income families), clothing, prescription medications, food, job referrals, utilities, housing, rent, and temporary financial assistance. This center also supports Lucas County. Read more Salvation Army assistance in Toledo.





St. Mark's Lutheran Church can offer furniture, personal hygiene items, food, and other aid. Call (419) 353-9305

By Jon McNamara

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