Rent / utility assistance is the #1 reason why people call 211 for help in Logan County. In response, United Way is launching the Housing Stability Program in 2021. More than just a handout, this program will serve as a hand-up for local families in need of rent and utility assistance.
Please call (937) 592-2886 for assistance or for more information.
When contacted by an individual in need, the staff of the United Way of Logan County is able to provide case management as well as potential financial assistance. If the person is available to meet, UW staff will set up an appointment. If not, the information can be gathered and sent via phone and/or email. The United Way staff member will have the individual fill out the intake form and waiver, and discuss the needs of the person/household. The United Way staff member and the individual will work together to create a case plan for the person, including things such as agency contact information, program information, and budgeting and/or financial tips. The individual will be encouraged to make contact with the agency while with the United Way staff, so that questions and clarifications can be discussed immediately. The United Way of Logan County Stability Fund should be used as resource of last resort; the individual will need to utilize all other agency/program assistance before United Way dollars will be used.
United Way will help any individual in need with case management services. If the individual/household exhausts all other avenues discussed in the case planning process, the UWLC staff will assess the need for rental assistance, or assistance with basic utilities. These utilities are as follows: electricity, water, gas, and propane. UWLC will be the agency of last resort, and will direct individuals to other social service agencies and programs first. Once outside options have been exhausted, financial assistance may be offered through United Way. This financial assistance will typically happen only once in a 12-month period. If utilized twice in a 12-month period, the applicant will also need to agree to attend at least 3 financial coaching sessions. If the applicant does not follow through with the coaching sessions, they will be barred from receiving assistance from the UWLCSF in the future. There are no income limits to receive case management or financial assistance from the United Way of Logan County.
REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
In order to receive financial assistance through the United Way of Logan County’s Stability Fund, individuals/households will need to engage in the case management process. United Way will need the following documentation if someone is to obtain financial assistance.
- Photo ID
- 2 months of income verification (pay stubs, benefits statements, award letters, etc.)
- Documentation of the financial need (past due bill, eviction notice, shut off notice, etc.)
- Proof of contact with other agencies/assistance programs (call logs, case plan document, emails, etc.)
If the individual/household has no income, the United Way of Logan County will either assist them in gaining employment or introduce them to Logan County Jobs and Family Services to obtain eligibility for Social Security Disability. If the applicant does not have an income, and no plan to obtain one, their request will be denied. Employment assistance will be granted by taking the individual (or someone in their household, if applicable) to WSI Services due to its proximity to the United Way office and have them assess for potential jobs. UWLC Staff may also recommend Ohio Means Jobs through Logan County Jobs and Family Services, and assist in setting up an appointment.
The United Way of Logan County will make direct payments to the landlord or utility company. No money will be given to the applicant.
REASONS FOR DENIAL
United Way has the right to deny any applications for financial assistance in which the applicants do not follow through with the case management process. Denial may also happen due to poor collaboration or extensive, repeated histories with other social services agencies. An applicant may also be denied due to lacking a self-sufficiency plan.