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Transitional Housing Program

Program Description:

Transitional Housing provides furnished apartments to homeless families and individuals. The average stay in the transitional housing program is nine months and the maximum time allowed is twenty-four months. Using intense case management; coordinators link residents to supportive services in the community and provide the guidance needed to achieve permanent stable housing.

Eligibility:

  • Must meet HUD’s definition of homelessness:
    • living in an emergency shelter
    • living in a car or place not meant for human habitation
    • within 14 days of a court ordered eviction
    • living on the streets
    • living in a motel paid for by an agency or church
    • in jail or residential treatment in which you have resided for less than 90 days and were homeless before entering
  • Must be at or below 35% of area median income:

    Household size

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    $1378 $1575 $1772 $1969 $2126 $2284 $2441 $2599

    This amount indicates gross (before deductions) monthly income

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain employment
  • What could prevent acceptance into the program?
    • Violent offense within the last 24 months
    • Multiple evictions
    • Excessive debt
    • Inability to live independently
    • Non-compliance with other service providers
    • Dishonesty
    • Failure to maintain weekly status reporting
    • Prior dismissal from LCCH transitional housing program

You will need:

  • To call for a Sign-up appointment or click Get Started
  • Picture ID
  • Social Security numbers for everyone in the household
  • Income verification for the last 30 days (paystubs or letter of verification from employer)

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Rapid Rehousing

Program Description:

Rapid Re-Housing is a program that assists homeless families and single individuals with case management and financial services to move from homelessness back into housing in the shortest time possible.

Eligibility:

  • Must meet HUD’s definition of homelessness:
    • living in an emergency shelter
    • living in a car or place not meant for human habitation
    • within 14 days of a court ordered eviction
    • living on the streets
    • living in a motel paid for by an agency or church
    • in jail or residential treatment in which you have resided for less than 90 days and were homeless before entering
  • Time of assistance is limited and household must develop a plan to show future ability to maintain stable housing
  • Must be below 30% area median income (see chart below)

Household size

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
$1378 $1575 $1772 $1969 $2126 $2284 $2441 $2599

This amount indicates gross (before deductions) monthly income.

You will need:

  • To call for an appointment or click Get Started
  • Picture ID
  • Proof of income for the last 30 days
  • Social Security numbers for all members of the household

Get Started

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Program Description:

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is a program offered by Licking County Coalition for Housing to veterans and their families who are residents of Licking and Knox counties. The goal of the program is to promote housing stability among very low-income veteran families.

If you are homeless, served in the military, and are a resident of Licking or Knox County, you may qualify for housing assistance from Licking County Coalition for Housing. Supportive Services for Veterans Families or SSVF, works to help homeless veterans, both individuals and families, get access to housing and services they may need to maintain housing.

The funding for this program is made possible through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for services, you must:

  • Be someone who has served in the armed services, or a member of a family in which the head of house-hold or the spouse of the head of household has served.
  • Be below 50% of area median income.
  • Be homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.

Documents you will need:
Bring these documents to your first meeting. If you don’t have all of them, we can still help.

  • A photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • An original DD-214
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of residency (eviction notice, shelter referral, or other documentation)

Not sure you're eligible?
Call Anyway! In addition to the SSVF program, LCCH offers other housing programs and may be able to provide you with referrals to other services.

Household size

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
$2041.50 $2333 $2625 $2916.50 $3150 $3383 $3616.50 $3850

This amount indicates gross (before deductions) monthly income.

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Returning Home Ohio

Program Description:

The Returning Home Ohio (RHO) program is designed to provide housing and assistance to those who are being released or have recently been released from State of Ohio prisons. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is funding this program in an attempt to reduce the number of former inmates returning to prison.

Eligibility:

  • Must have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and/or be HIV positive.
  • Must have no other housing options at the time of release.
  • Must be within 60 days prior to or 120 days after release from prison.
  • Must be a single, unaccompanied adult (no couples, no children).
  • Residence in Licking County prior to incarceration is not required, but must be willing to relocate.

You will need:

  • To call for a sign-up appointment (740-345-1970 ext. 226)
  • Picture ID
  • Social Security card for applicant

Emergency Shelter

The Licking County Coalition for Housing does not provide emergency shelter. Contact the agencies listed below:

Salvation Army

Emergency shelter for men, women, and families
Located at: 250 E. Main St. Newark, OH 43055
740-345-8120
www.salvationarmyusa.org

St. Vincent Haven

Emergency shelter for men only
Located at: 135 Wilson St. Newark, OH 43055
740-670-0823
www.svdphaven.org

New Beginnings

Emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence
Located at: 60 N. 1st St. Newark, OH 43055
740-349-8719 or 800-686-2760
www.thewoodland.org

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Are you at risk of becoming homeless?

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Project Homeline

Program Description:

Project Homeline is a homeless prevention program to help families and individuals maintain their current housing or find affordable housing through case management services, referrals, and/or financial assistance. Clients meet one-on-one with a homeless prevention specialist to determine what is available to assist the household in achieving housing stability.

Eligibility:

Eligibility guidelines change with the source of funding.

You will need:

  • To call for an appointment or click Get Started
  • Proof of income for the last 30 days
  • Lease (if applicable)
  • Social security numbers for all members of the household
  • Current utility bills

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Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Program Description:

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is a program offered by Licking County Coalition for Housing to veterans and their families who are residents of Licking and Knox counties. The goal of the program is to promote housing stability among very low-income veteran families.

If you are homeless, served in the military, and are a resident of Licking or Knox County, you may qualify for housing assistance from Licking County Coalition for Housing. Supportive Services for Veterans Families or SSVF, works to help homeless veterans, both individuals and families, get access to housing and services they may need to maintain housing.

The funding for this program is made possible through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for services, you must:

  • Be someone who has served in the armed services, or a member of a family in which the head of house-hold or the spouse of the head of household has served.
  • Be below 50% of area median income.
  • Be homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.

Documents you will need:
Bring these documents to your first meeting. If you don’t have all of them, we can still help.

  • A photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • An original DD-214
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of residency (eviction notice, shelter referral, or other documentation)

Not sure you're eligible?
Call Anyway! In addition to the SSVF program, LCCH offers other housing programs and may be able to provide you with referrals to other services.

Household size

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
$2041.50 $2333 $2625 $2916.50 $3150 $3383 $3616.50 $3850

This amount indicates gross (before deductions) monthly income.

Get Started

Subsidized Housing Options

Housing based on income is available in Licking County at numerous locations. To find a complete listing, you may call to schedule an appointment with a housing specialist at LCCH or you may search the housing database for subsidized units. Applications for subsidized housing must be made at each housing location. Eligibility and restrictions vary according to site.

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Are you looking for housing?

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Home Ownership

The following resources may be useful to those who are trying to buy an affordable home, or to those who own their home and are facing financial difficulties.

Habitat for Humanity, MidOhio

www.HabitatMidOhio.org
3140 Westerville Road
Columbus, Ohio
Phone: 614 HABITAT (422-4828)

Habitat for Humanity builds affordable, energy-efficient homes for families in need throughout Central Ohio, including Licking County. The selection criteria for partner homeowners include: ability to pay, willingness to partner and need for shelter.

Home Ownership within reach ( Download )

Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission

www.morpc.org
111Liberty Street, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-228-2663

The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission is a voluntary association of Central Ohio governments which envisions and embraces innovative directions in transportation, energy, housing, land use, the environment and economic prosperity. They offer a variety of education, counseling and financial programs to assist homeowners. Their Pataskala Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), offers assistance to eligible homeowners in the City of Pataskala with home repairs and single family home rehabilitation.

Morpc Housing Services Program ( Download )
Pataskala CHIP ( Download )
Mortgage Assistance schedule ( Download )

Ohio Housing Finance Agency

www.ohiohome.org

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency facilitates the development, rehabilitation and financing of low to moderate-income housing. Formerly a division of the Ohio Department of Development, OHFA became an independent state agency in 2005. Since its creation, OHFA has made affordable mortgage loans to more than 143,000 Ohioans and facilitated the creation of more than 89,000 affordable rental housing units.

Save the Dream Ohio

www.savethedream.ohio.gov
Phone: 888-404-4674

Save the Dream connects financially distressed homeowners with HUD approved housing counseling agencies that help families avoid foreclosure. Homeowners may qualify for up to $25,000 for a single program or up to $35,000 for more than one program through Save the Dream Ohio.

Apprisen

www.apprisen.com
Phone: 800-355-2227

In addition to budget counseling and financial education, Apprisen offers pre-rental, pre-purchase, foreclosure prevention and reverse mortgage housing counseling services.

LEADS

www.leadscaa.org
160 Wilson Street
Newark, Ohio
Phone: 740-349-8606

Leads Community Action Agency, along with HEAP and other services, offers emergency home repair and utility assistance. Some assistance is specifically for senior citizens. Eligibility guidelines and restrictions apply.

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Do you need help with taxes and finances?

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Free Tax Preparation

Program Description:

Since 2006, LCCH has provided free income tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is an IRS sponsored program which uses certified community volunteers to prepare and e-file federal, state and school district returns for income-eligible taxpayers, for free.

Eligibility:

Most taxpayers who make less than $54,000 per year are eligible. This is measured by the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the tax return. The limit is the same for single and married filers.

Schedule:

  • MONDAYS: Licking County Library, 101 West Main Street, Newark, 12:30-6:30 PM. Appointments and limited walk-ins.
  • WEDNESDAYS: Ohio Means Jobs, 998 East Main Street, Newark, 10:00 AM- 3:30 PM. Appointments only.
  • THURSDAYS: OSU-N/COTC Campus, Warner Library, 1179 University Drive, Newark, Jan 26th, Feb 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd only, 2:00-7:30PM. Appointments and limited walk-ins
  • THURSDAYS: LCCH Office, 23 South Park Place, Suite 200, Mar 2nd through Apr 13th, 4:30-7:30 PM. Appointments only.
  • SATURDAYS: LCCH Office, 23 South Park Place, Suite 200, 9:00 AM - Noon, appointments and limited walk-ins.
  • Appointments only outside of the January 25- April 15 filing season.

You will need:

  • To call and schedule an appointment 740-345-1970 ext. 200
  • Valid photo ID
  • Social Security Card for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Tax Forms
    • W2
    • 1098T
    • All 1099's
    • Social Security Statement
  • Affordable Health Care Statements
  • Bank Account# + Routing#
  • Copy of last year's return
  • Joint returns must be signed by both spouses.

File for Free Yourself

If your total household income is $60,000 or less, and you wish to file your own taxes, you can file federal and state tax returns for free at myfreetaxes.com. Toll free helpline available at (855) 698-9435.

Budget Tools

Money Savings Tips ( Download )

Budget Workshop ( Download )

Helpful Links

For more information about consumer protection, credit counseling and other financial services or issues, contact:

Apprisen

www.apprisen.com
1-800-355-2227

For housing counseling, bankruptcy counseling and education, financial counseling and education, or debt repayment programs.

Better Business Bureau

www.centralohio.bbb.org
614-486-6336

Research a business, contractor or agency, or make a complaint.

Consumer Action

www.consumer-action.org
415- 777-9635

Consumer information and advocacy about credit, lenders and other financial topics.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

www.consumerfinance.gov
855-411-2372

Provides information and handles complaints abouat many financial topics: budgeting, student loans, credit and credit reporting, bank accounts and services, and debt collection.

Federal Trade Commission

www.ftc.gov
1-800-FTC-HELP

Consumer protection information, publication and services

Licking County Bar Association

www.lickingcountybar.org

Referrals for attorneys serving Licking County, including pro bono (free) clinics and bankruptcy.

Ohio Bar Association

www.ohiobar.org

Click ”for Public” to access informative articles or pamphlets on topics such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, home equity loans, debt settlement, spending and credit, property ownership, loan modifications, Ohio law, Social Security disability, contracts and wills.

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services

www.seols.org

Legal aid, including tax and bankruptcy issues, for households whose income is less than 125% of the poverty level.

The Internal Revenue Service

www.irs.gov

Information regarding federal income tax filing and dispute resolution procedures.

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Do you have landlord/tenant questions?

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Tenant/Landlord Relations

Program Definitions:

Generally speaking, anyone who occupies or possesses the residential property of another under a rental agreement is a tenant. One who owns rental property and permits another to use, occupy or possess the residential premises for a period of time in return for money or something of value, is a landlord. A lease or rental agreement is a written or oral contract between persons. A properly written agreement will eliminate many misunderstandings and problems that commonly arise between a landlord and a tenant.

The rights of a tenant:

Include the right: to complain to a government agency about your landlord’s violation of housing laws that affect health and safety; to join with other tenants; to know the name and address of your landlord; to privacy; to have repairs made in a timely manner. If a landlord fails to make repairs in a timely manner (30 days for non-emergency repairs) a tenant may escrow rent with the Clerk of Courts, get a Court Order for repairs, ask the court to reduce the rent, and/or terminate the rental agreement and move out.

The obligations of a tenant:

To comply with health and safety codes; to refrain from, and prevent guests from damaging the property; to keep the premises safe and sanitary; to keep plumbing fixtures clean; to dispose of all garbage; to operate fixtures properly; to keep landlord supplied appliances clean and use them properly; to cause no disturbance to neighbors; to allow your landlord reasonable access; to insure that controlled substances are not used on the property.

The rights of a landlord:

Include the right: to set the rent amount and to increase it upon giving adequate notice (unless you have a lease that provides for a fixed rent for a specific term); to rent or refuse to rent to anyone you wish, provided you do not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, military status, disability, family status, ancestry or national origin; to enter the unit to inspect, repair, make improvements or show the property, provided 24 hours’ notice is given; to evict the tenant for nonpayment of rent or for breaking significant conditions of the agreement, provided proper procedure is followed; to have the property returned in as good a condition as it was when the tenant took possession, except for ordinary wear and tear.

The obligations of a landlord:

To comply with the standards of housing and health codes; make all repairs and keep the rental premises in a livable condition, keep all common areas of the premises in a safe and sanitary condition, maintain all electrical plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, fixtures and appliances that have been supplied or are required to be supplied; provide trash receptacles and remove trash when you own 4 or more units in the same building; supply running water, reasonable amounts of hot water and reasonable heat at all times (the tenant may be required to pay utilities); to terminate the lease of a tenant illegally using controlled substances on the property; not to abuse the right to enter the property; not to change the locks, terminate utility service or remove the belongings of a tenant in an attempt to evict a tenant without a court order; register with the auditor of the county.

This information was taken from the Ohio State Bar Association publication, updated February 2012. For more complete information please refer to their website.

Helpful Links

For more information about the landlord/ tenant issues, contact the agencies below.

City of Newark, Division of Property Maintenance

40 W Main Street, 4th Floor
Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 670-7585
PropertyMaintenance@newarkohio.net

For enforcement of the property maintenance code, within the City of Newark.

Licking County Health Department

www.lickincohealth.org

For healthy homes information, including insect infestation, and to report code violations for trash.

Licking County Apartment Association

Amber Balo, Secretary
P.O. Box 4973, Newark, Ohio 43058-4973

Professional association of landlords in Licking County, providing education and assistance to property owners.

Licking County Bar Association

www.lickingcountybar.org

Referrals for attorneys serving Licking County, including pro bono (free) clinics.

Ohio Bar Association

www.ohiobar.org

Information and pamphlets about basic landlord/ tenant rights and obligations, including how to escrow your rent, security deposit rights, intent to vacate clauses, eviction, college students and leasing, renters insurance, and what to do if your landlord is in foreclosure.

Ohio Revised Code

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/5321

For the laws governing landlord/ tenant issues in the State of Ohio

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services

www.seols.org

Legal aid ( including eviction, rent escrow and other landlord/tenant issues) for households whose income is less than 125% of the poverty level.

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