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find help in Tough Times logo Housing Help includes links to information and resources for finding, keeping, living in, and caring for a home.
In cooperation with Habitat For Humanity, this program builds accessible housing for potential homeowners with disabilities, including veterans.
 
On the left side of the page, you can search your city or county in the Directory of Services to find local organizations with places to stay.
 
Look for your county on this map of services, or dial 211 on a telephone for help 24/7.
 
See descriptions of Federal housing assistance programs and learn how to apply. Some programs allow you to fill out the application online.
 
Tips from the U.S. Department of Energy for renters and homeowners who want to save money on their energy costs.
 
After a disaster, find temporary rental housing.
 
Ready to downsize? Find condominiums with HUD-approved mortgages available.
 
The Fisher House Foundation provides temporary housing at major military installations for the families of injured men & women in uniform.
 
Get advice on a variety of housing issues from local counselors sponsored by HUD. 
 
Directory listings of state & local services for homeless vets include contact information for Federal & state agencies, veterans services organizations, & advocacy groups.
 
Shelter your house pets or farm animals during a disaster, plan ahead for tornado season, and learn how to prepare in advance from FEMA.
 
Find residential facility vacancies for a loved one with MRDD.
 
The application deadline has been extended on this federal government web site, which offers calculator tools, advice, a brochure, and descriptions of programs for those who want to modify or refinance their mortgages. New information has been added for military homeowners. Videos, a calendar of local events and a Spanish version of the web site are available. Selected information is provided in six additional languages.
 
The Farm Worker Program of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides assistance and referral services for migrant agricultural workers. A new Spanish language version of the web site is in development. In the meantime, Spanish-speaking staff are available to help answer questions. Information on housing terms and conditions must be available to farmworkers.
 
Learn about your rights and responsibilities from Ohio Legal Services. There is information about other housing issues as well.
 
Search by county, town, or zip code for family, elderly, mixed, and group home rural properties for rent. 
 
If you are relocating, your family pets could face homelessness. Help is available until you can be reunited, including pet deposit assistance, temporary foster homes, or no-kill shelter housing. The American Humane Association has additional tips.
 
The winter utility reconnection program is back. Ohio residential utilities consumers have an advocate who represents their interests, provides education about electric, natural gas, telephone & water issues, and investigates complaints about utility companies. Read a factsheet on how to beat the heat in the summertime, and download factsheets on how to request utility assistance this winter. There is information in Spanish, too.
 
Foreclosure-related information for consumers, including awareness of scams, tenants rights, and a list of other helpful resources.
 
The state agency concerned with services for seniors offers links to information on housing and home repair, maintenance, and modification.
 
Find shelter from violence in your county. Listings can be viewed in twenty languages.
 
If you use home medical equipment, learn if you are eligible to receive a back-up electricity generator for use during power outages. Use this directory of Ohio Home Care Program services which you can search by zip code or type of service. Home care aides, medical appointment transportation, home delivery of meals, and home modification are a few of the services covered by the program.
 
Find quality, affordable housing. Information and publications for both homeowners and renters is available in English and Spanish. Take a look at the programs for first-time homeowners.
 
Search rentals by location, monthly rent, number of bedrooms, and accessibility features to find the perfect home for your family - new listings are added daily.
 
Ohio Here to Help is a one-stop web site from the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services featuring information from public and private sources, a checklist, videos, & many applications which can be filled out in advance. 
 
This publication explains your right to have housing accommodations such as a support animal or grab bars if you are disabled.
 
Check your county's Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) program plan for available rent & utilities assistance, home repairs, short-term housing, and household items. Each county plan is different, and may include anything from car repair to school clothing. 
 
Need a new place for you and your furry friend? Find your next home here.
 
Property Tax Relief
The Ohio Department of Taxation Homestead Exemption program offers reduced property taxes to all Ohio homeowners who are either over age 64 or permanently disabled. Applications are accepted each year from the first Monday in January through the first Monday in June. The Department has prepared a page of questions and answers about the Homestead Exemption.
 
Freddie Mac has a calculator to help you compare the cost of renting vs. buying your home.
 
A new law protects renters in foreclosed buildings. A factsheet, letter to send your landlord, and other information are provided by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
 
Find out about loans to buy, fix up, and pay rent on housing in rural areas of the state. A refinance program is now offered to Ohioans. Read factsheets about USDA programs in English and Spanish. Locate an assistance office near you.
 
Learn about available financial help and other resources to assist you if you are in danger of losing your home to foreclosure.
 
Catnip & Carrots Animal Bunch specializes in helping owners of pet cats and rabbits.
 
Disability.gov lists a variety of housing & service programs just for disabled or homeless veterans & members of the military. Making Home Affordable.gov also has military resources.
 
A growing trend in home building is a design which uses wider doors, a no-step entrance, and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom, easing living conditions and allowing visits by people who have difficulty walking, or use a walker or wheelchair. Visitability-friendly building regulations and awareness in government and the building industry are key goals of groups working on this issue. A related trend in home building is Universal Design.
 
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Office of the Consumers' Counsel, the Ohio Departments of Job and Family Services and Aging and the Ohio Development Services Agency have teamed up to bring together everything you need to know about utility services and assistance programs.