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Housing Resources

 

Rental Assistance

   
  • Franklin County’s One-Time or Short-Term AssistanceOne-time financial assistance to help in emergency situations.

    • Must have at least one minor child (or pregnant and in third trimester or later) living in your household,
    • AND have a gross household income at or below 165% of federal poverty level.
    • Can apply for maximum of $1,500
    • Can request aid for more than one emerging need including:
    • Housing assistance (covering pas due rent or mortgage payments to avoid eviction)
    • Utility aid (except for home heating source utility during months that other aid programs are in operation)
 
 

Utility Assistance

 
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) – Helps households prevent disruptions in energy service, restore disconnected services, and/or secure heating/cooling needs.

         Providers:

 

                    - HEAP Online Application from The Breathing Association

 
  • HEAP Winter Crisis Program - Helps income eligible Ohioans that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected, or have less than 25% supply of bulk fuel in their tank to maintain their utility service. (Must be a member of PIPP if consumer of PUCO regulated utility)

           Providers:

 
  • HEAP Summer Crisis Program – Income eligible Ohioans who are, or a member of their household is, over 60 years old or have a qualifying medical condition and have a disconnection notice can apply for bill payment assistance and/or air conditioner during the summer. (Households served by non-regulated utility with disconnection notice are also eligible.)

           Providers:

 
  • Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP)Helps eligible Ohioans manage energy bills year-round by basing consistent payments on percentage of household income.

    • Call (800) 282-0880 to be directed to local PIPP provider
 


Emergency Assistance

   
  • Franklin County Disaster-Related Assistance with PRCassistance available for eligible individuals who have sustained damage or losses as a result of a state-declared natural disaster or personal disaster (i.e., house fire, flood)

    • For a state-declared natural disaster – and if Franklin County is declared a disaster county and is allocated federal disaster funds – then the Assistance Group must apply for federal disaster benefits at the local agency designated by the state to receive FEMA funding.
 


Emergency Shelter

 
  • Community Shelter Board

    • Experiencing homelessness and/or need shelter?
      Call (614) 274-7000
      (Homeless hotline, open 24/7)
      365 E. Campus View Blvd., Suite 250, Columbus, OH 43235
    • (614) 221-9195  -  (614) 221-9199 (fax)   Info@csb.org     Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
 
  • Star HouseSocial service agency and drop-in center for Central Ohio youth ages 14-24

    • For shelter, call: (614) 274-7000
    • Open every day 10:30 pm – 2:00 pm
 
  •  Huckleberry HouseCrisis shelter for teens

    • 24 hour crisis line (614) 294-5553
    • Crisis shelter (614) 294-8097
    • 1421 Hamlet St.
      Columbus, OH 43201
   
  • Franklin Station (Adult Men and Women)

    • 524 W. Broad St.
      Columbus, OH 43215
      (614) 662-1020
      (614) 662-1023 (Fax)
 

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