To provide emergency shelter and assistance, supportive services, transitional, and permanent housing for homeless, marginally housed persons, and the most vulnerable in central Ohio, either directly or through referrals, to help them achieve maximum participation in the community.
Our outreach team provides the linkages necessary for inclusion into the broader community for over 400 people living each day on the streets, in woods, parks, railroad land, abandoned buildings, and under bridges all across the city. Outreach provides direct referrals to detoxification treatment, medical care, entitlement benefits, and housing options. Due to the limitations of the shelter system, outreach efforts include providing food, clothing, sleeping bags, and more to help them survive until they are able to access shelter or housing options. Outreach provides followup services for those who have recently moved off the streets and into housing.
Day Services and Advocacy Center
Our Day Services and Advocacy Center provides access to a legal mailing address, food pantry, clothing room, telephone, copier, and fax machine. These basic services enable individuals to gain confidence, gives them resources to contact relatives, and helps them make plans for their future. We also provide material assistance, which collects, sorts, and distributes material goods, free of charge, to homeless and marginally housed persons in need.
Housing Options Services
We provide advocacy and assistance for those securing supportive and public (subsidized) housing. We offer landlord and tenant mediation and advocacy for those who are recently receiving housing. We also provide advocacy and referral services for those needing shelter access and those in need of alcohol, drug, and mental health residential treatment services.
Lunches are prepared off-site and are transported by dedicated volunteers to 200 people on a daily basis. Dinners are also prepared off-site, transported, and served by dedicated volunteer groups. Meals are served on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings at Broad Street United Methodist Church.
Financial Management Services
We assist those who are currently in the social security payeeship program, which assists homeless and recently homeless persons needing third party money management for federal entitlements. We assume responsiblity until a permanent agent and support system is in place. We also help those in the entitlement coordination program, which assists homeless persons applying for disability benefits. As an Ohio Benefit Bank site, we help process applications for food stamps and Medicaid.
All portrait information is provided voluntarily by nonprofit organizations. An organization may decline to participate. At a minimum, information is updated annually--sometimes more frequently. Documents indicated as available by an organization are verified by Foundation staff. The financial section is completed by Foundation staff based on available documents for a three-year period.