Franklin County Resources

You can call 2-1-1 (614.221.2255) or visit www.211centralohio.org to reach thousands of social service, government, and community resources in Franklin County to address any problem you might be facing.

HandsOn Central Ohio provides easy, immediate access to thousands of programs and services available at a range of nonprofit, government, and healthcare organizations across Central Ohio. Click here for an interactive resource map or click here for a searchable online database, with information on how you can get help with Adult Care, Emergency Food or Clothing, Health Care, Housing and Utility Assistance, and Mental Health and Counseling Resources.

CAP4Kids offers a listing of many community agencies who are committed to serving children and families, including information on Child Care, Food Assistance, Immigration/ESL, Legal and Financial Help, Medical Conditions or Supplies, Safety, and Shelters. Click here to access the CAP4Kids listing.

COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES for Central Ohio (Updated Daily): Interactive Food, Housing, and Transportation Locator

Franklin County Board of Commissioners is providing direct support to employees who suddenly find themselves out of work due to the ongoing public health restrictions. Participants will engage in workforces preparedness or credentialing activities such as online workshops and, in return, they will receive $250 to help with immediate expenses until unemployment or other longer-term support options kick in.  To apply to participate in the workforce development program, contact Stephanie Robinson at srobinson@wdbco.org.

Food

Free Children’s Lunches by School District
Mid-Ohio Foodbank Programs and Food Pantry Locations

Those needing assistance applying for SNAP and Medicaid can reach out to Mid-Ohio Food Assistance Outreach Team. They can and will assist with applying, phone interviews, navigating through the process. They can be reached at 614-728-5503.

Columbus Humanities, Arts and Technology Academy is providing curbside free breakfast and lunch for students 18 and under. Breakfast is ready to eat, lunch is a frozen kit with reheat instructions. 9 am-12pm Monday-Friday through 3/27. Located at 1333 Morse Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43229 

Westside Meals/Pantries

Holy Family Soup Kitchen – offering to-go meals during the week

Gladden Community House –  Food distribution being a 3-day emergency food supply handed out in the entrance of our food pantry, senior deliveries will continue as scheduled

Salvation Army Hilltop – Food pantry (Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri from 9AM-12PM); Produce (Wednesdays 9AM-12PM); Bag lunches (Wed and Fri 11AM-12PM)

Lower Lights Community Church of the Nazarene Pantry – Call 614-228-1262 to make an appointment to pick-up a box of food on Monday evenings (5-7PM) or Thursday mornings (9AM-12PM)

Restaurants with specials

Smoked on High BBQ – Free order of Drummies or Pulled Chicken for kids from 3/18/2020-4/8/2020
Brewery District – 755 South High St., Columbus, Ohio 43206 (614) 754-9711
Pickerington Kroger – 1045 Hill Rd N., Pickerington, OH 43147 (614) 759-2761

PiadaFree kids pasta with sauce, cheese, and fountain drink from 3/16/2020-4/30/2020 from 11:00am-1:00pm

Greek Express – Free lunch for school age kids 3/16/2020-4/3/2020 Monday-Friday 11:00am-2:00pm
Clintonville – 5328 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43214 (614) 888-7728
Gahanna – 5451 N Hamilton Rd, Gahanna, Ohio 43230 (614) 944-9000
Grandview – 1100 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212 (614) 928-9280
Polaris – 8685 Sancus Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43240 (614) 841-1700
Powell – 4091 Powell Rd, Powell, Ohio 43065 (614) 791-9100

Café Zupas – Free kid’s meal with each visit now through 3/31. Use code CZKIDS on their app or website when ordering ahead.

Burger King – Two free kids meals with any purchase when ordering through their app while supplies last beginning 3/23

Companies Currently Hiring

Kroger
Giant Eagle
Big Lots
WildeBeest Delivery
Amazon
Walmart
Rogue
Marc’s
Costco
Sam’s Club
DoorDash
Robert Half Temp Agency

Fair Chance Employers Currently Hiring: HonestJobs.co

HospitalityUnite job portal for temporary positions hiring
Pizza Hut
Papa John’s
Domino’s Pizza

Netcare

Call 614-276-CARE (614- 276-2273) or Toll Free at 1-888-276-CARE (1-888- 276-2273)

Netcare provides mental health and substance abuse crisis services at 199 South Central Avenue 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Transportation

Effective at 9:15am on Thursday, March 19th, COTA will not be charging fare for transport during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Customers are to board vehicles from the rear entrance of transit vehicles (except ADA/wheelchair service who will continue to use the ramp at the front). Travel should be limited essential trips only.

COTA Bus Routes to the local food pantry

COTA Bus Routes to school lunch pickup sites

Childcare

Action for Children has a comprehensive listing for more than 1600 child care providers in Central Ohio who are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or the Department of Education. To ask for assistance in finding child care, call Action for Children’s Information and Referral team Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, at, 614-224-0222 or email your request to childcareresources@actionforchildren.org.

Utilities

Ohio Utility Companies Pledge Not To Disconnect Service During Coronavirus Threat

The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program (HEAP Winter Crisis Program) helps income eligible Ohioans that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel in their tank maintain their utility service. The program runs from November 1 until March 31. Ohio households, serviced by a PUCO-regulated utility, must sign up for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) or another payment plan in order to receive emergency benefits.  However, Effective Monday March 16, IMPACT’s Emergency Assistance Department will accept “walk – in” applications for the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program / Percentage of Income Payment Program. Clients will receive an accelerated appointment that will check for eligibility, required documentation and then complete signature forms.

Housing Stability/Shelter

Job and Family Services Emergency Assistance (housing or utility needs)

Franklin County Municipal Court

  • The Franklin County Municipal Court issued an order that evictions filed after March 16th will not be scheduled for a hearing until eight weeks after the filing date.
  • No evictions are legally allowed to take place until after May 11, 2020.
  • Landlords may not attempt to move tenants without the court’s assistance, and residents who are at risk of being informally evicted by their landlords should contact:
    • Police non-emergency line at 614-645-4545
    • Legal Aid Society of Columbus at 614-241-2001
  • Franklin County Municipal Court’s Self Help Center will only offer assistance via online chat function Mon-Fri 9 am – 3 pm.
  • Website with chat function: http://www.fcmcselfhelpcenter.org/

Franklin County Jobs & Family Services – PRC Program

  • PRC provides financial assistance, up to $1,500 one time per year, to households with children (specifically, 1 minor under 18 or woman in 3rd trimester) to avoid an eviction.
  • Because of COVID -19, applications can be accessed online and submitted via email.
  • Directions for submitting PRC applications are as follows:
    • Email applications to:  franklin-cdjfs-agencyprc@jfs.ohio.gov
    • Subject line:  Eviction PRC; Customer Last Name
    • Body of email: Please include all of the following information:
      • Full name (first and last name),
      • Any additional information that you feel will be pertinent to us processing the application.
    •  Attachments: The following must be sent with each application (as applicable):
      • Completed signed application,
      • Any supporting verification the customer has provided
        • Rental assistance
          • Last 30 days of income
          • Current lease
          • Signed itemized statement
          • Payment plan if amount owed is more than $1500
        • Security deposit
          • Last 30 days of income
          • Potential lease
          • Deposit repayment agreement
        • Temporary Housing
          • Last 30 days of income
          • 30 day statement from Studio 6

FYI: a free Apple App to scan documents required is “Scannable”


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