Housing and Utilities
The Columbus State Community College CState Cares Housing & Utilities Grant is funded by Franklin County, Ohio, and the U.S. Department of Treasury through the Emergency Rental Assistance program to assist eligible student households residing in Franklin County that are unable to pay rent and/or utilities due, directly, or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Not a resident of Franklin County, but still need help? Visit the Coalition on Homlessness and Housing in Ohio for Emergency Rental Assistance programs available in other Ohio counties.
To Be Eligible, Student Must Meet the Following Requirements:
- Current enrollment at Columbus State during the spring 2022 semester; or, if attending for summer 2022 (at least one credit hour), must have completed at least one credit hour after March 20, 2020
- Franklin county resident who is obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling rent for their housing
- Household Income at/or below 80% of AMI (Priority is given to those at/or below 50% of AMI)
- Unemployed or had a reduction in income related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Past due rent and/or utilities
- Applications for spring semester will open January 20th, 2022 and will remain open until funds are exhausted.
- Documents showing identity, current rental agreements, utility balances, etc. will be required to complete the application. You will want to have your documents ready before you begin. Once your application is completed you will be contacted via email on the status.
Any questions can be directed to the Emergency Fund Team in Student Advocacy and Financial Stability at email@example.com or (614) 287-5258
Need help completing your application? Schedule an appointment to discuss your application with a staff member over the phone.
Columbus State does not offer any on-campus housing or shelters, however, the information below may help in your search.
The Success Bridge Housing Stabilization program currently offers two levels of support and was created to provide support to Columbus State Community College students experiencing housing instability. Success Bridge provides campus and community resources to stabilize students through the completion of their CSCC degree. The two types of support available through this program are: General Housing information & Financial Assistance.
1. The first level of support is available to all students and consists of housing information and linkage with community resources.
2. To be eligible for financial assistance, students must:
- be in a degree seeking program at Columbus State
- submit notice of overdue rent, or a utility bill with a shut-off notice
- have completed 9 credit hours of course work at Columbus State
- have completed at least 1 semester at Columbus State
- be in good academic standing
- enrolled in at least 9 credit hours during the term in which they receive assistance
- income at or below 200% of Federal poverty Guidelines (see chart below)
200% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines
Should you have any questions, about this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholar House I & II: Low-cost housing for student parents
Community Properties of Ohio offers the Columbus Scholar House (CSH) program, providing subsidized housing that has been designated specifically for full-time students who are parents, and are enrolled in an Ohio accredited institution of higher learning.
To qualify, students must:
- Be income qualified for Section 8 Housing
- Have full custodial custody of their child or children
- Be enrolled as a full-time student at Columbus State (or other participating accredited Ohio institution of higher learning)
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
Any questions can be directed to email@example.com
Scholar House III: Affordable Housing for Former Foster Youth
The Columbus Scholar House III is affordable housing for former foster youth, ages 18-24, pursuing full-time Higher Education and maintaining at least a 2.5 overall GPA.
Scholar House III is currently seeking applicants, is conveniently located a mile away from Columbus State, and includes 30 fully furnished apartment units.
For more information and to apply please view the Scholar House III Flyer
The resources below are community resources that can assist students who are in a housing and utility needs:
Central Ohio renters and landlords can get up to 18 months of help. Rentful provides simple, reliable and easy-to-access information on the Central Ohio programs that help us stay safe at home. It also dispels common myths, provides eviction information customized to Franklin County and highlights the places both renters and landlords can go to get more support.
Street Card for Homeless in Columbus (contains a limited list of services in Franklin County)
List of Shelters, Transitional Housing, and Low Income & Section 8 Housing resources provided by the Franklin County Reentry Coalition.
Youth Outreach Program (YOP)
The Youth Outreach Program (YOP) may be able to help young people, ages 12-24, get help with their housing, employment, and education needs. The Youth Outreach Program does not have immediate housing available, but they can help young people find and explore safe housing options.
- Advice for building life skills and dealing with problems
- Connections to useful community resources that can help individuals become more self sufficient
- An ally to help with finding a job, getting a diploma, or securing an apartment
- Help with transportation to reach individual goals
- Help obtaining documents like an ID or birth certificate
- Food, health, and hygiene items
- Invitations to fun community and school events and workshops that can help individuals build useful skills
Huckleberry House offers housing options for young people, ages 17-24, that combine safe, fully furnished apartments with access to a dedicated team of counselors and support staff to help young people learn not just how to live on their own, but how to thrive.
- A safe, furnished place to stay for 12 to 18 months while individuals work on independent living skills like budgeting and cooking
- Counseling to help with educational and employment goals
- Support for mental and emotional challenges
- Parenting support, if individuals have children of their own
- Help finding permanent housing after individuals have completed the program
For more information about the Transitional Living Program, call Huckleberry House at (614) 294-8097. Please note that this program has a waiting list.
Star House is an agency that operates Central Ohio's only drop-in center for youth, ages 14-24, who are experiencing homelessness. The agency offers young people a safe respite from the streets, immediate access to basic needs and connections to stabilizing resources, such as housing, transportation, health care, employment, education, addiction services, legal aid, government benefits, ID cards and more.
CMS mediators are available by phone and virtually as well as on-site at eviction court. Mediators assist with working out "pay and stay" or "tenant move out" agreements so that landlords may continue receiving rent payments and tenants may continue maintaining their current or alternative stable housing.
For help visit Get Help with Eviction Issues or call 614-228-7191 ext. 13 - leave a number with the best time to be reached
The Columbus Urban League (CUL) is now accepting Rental Assistance Applications. Individuals
can get help of up to $1,000 if they at risk of being evicted, need help with a security
deposit, and /or are at risk of becoming homeless — no matter their income.
Questions? Please email CUL at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-484-9111.
The Emergency Assistance Department at Impact Community Action provides a variety of supportive services that deliver crisis intervention strategies to stabilize households and strengthen self-sufficiency. All Emergency Assistance Programs/Services serve Franklin County households that are at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and most households must have a qualifying emergency to receive assistance. Interested individuals may call 614-252-2799.
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus provides advice and representation for tenants residing in private or subsidized housing. Their goal is to preserve and improve the quality of the tenant’s home. Legal services are provided in the following areas:
- Fair Housing
- Security Deposits
- Housing Condition Problems
- Section 8 Voucher Terminations
Individuals seeking representation or legal advice are encouraged to contact the LASC Intake Department at 614-241-2001 or complete an online application.
LSS211 is a 24 hour resource that allows those seeking assistance to call in and speak
with a representative to determine the best supports accessible in their area. Simply
dial 211 to get connected.
Additionally, those seeking assistance may search the LSS 211 online database for a variety of resources to address multiple needs.
This Street Card may help homeless or housing insecure individuals connect with a variety of Franklin County resources to address issues related to housing, healthcare, legal assistance, food insecurity, employment, and more.
Franklin County's Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) program provides one-time financial assistance (up to $1500) to aid with emergency situations. Applicants must have at least one minor child or a pregnant woman living in their home and be at or below 165% of poverty to qualify for PRC one-time emergency assistance.
PRC funds may be used:
- To avoid eviction;
- For auto repairs and maintenance (for those with a job or other offer);
- For utility aid (except for the home heating source utility during the months that other aid programs are in operation);
- For driver license reinstatement, in some cases;
- For a bus pass in connection with workforce, training, education, job search or employment, with a limit of four months.
Click HERE for information on how to apply for and begin to PRC application process.
Assistance is available for both gas and electric bills. The assistance may be in the form of a reduction of your heating bill and/or a set amount based on your income to be paid each month.
Eligibility for the programs below is usually based on household income
HEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency
(ODSA). It is designed to help eligible, low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of
home heating. HEAP pays a one-time payment for most PUCO-regulated utility customers
reflecting their usage for the current winter heating season.
PUCO Extended Payment Plans PUCO regulated gas and electric companies have the following extended payment plans available to help you to make affordable payments and maintain service: The one-sixth plan requires you to pay six equal monthly payments on your past due amount in addition to your current monthly bill. The one-ninth plan requires you to pay nine equal monthly payments on your past due amount in addition to a budget payment plan.
Budget Billing is a program, offered by Ohio's regulated electric and natural gas distribution companies, that spreads out the cost of energy used during high-demand times of the year. Instead of seeing an increase in winter heating bills or summer cooling bills, budget billing breaks down total yearly usage into manageable monthly bills.
PIPP Plus The Percentage of Income Payment Plan, PIPP Plus, helps make monthly payments more
affordable on a year-round basis. And, when a PIPP Plus household pays the monthly
PIPP Plus payment on-time and in-full, some of their old debt and the rest of that
month's bill goes away in the form of a credit on their utility account.
Apartment Hunting/Seeking Housing?
Below is a list of resources to start your search.
These following links are provided for your convenience and should not be considered an endorsement for any particular housing listing. Please be aware that the information provided may not be complete and may not include all available options. These links are also subject to change. Contact each apartment/housing company for full and current information.
OSU Off-Campus Housing Search Tool including rooms for rent, roommate agreements, and a link to a renter’s guide, etc.
TIP: There are a lot of great apartments and rooms for rent listed on some controversial websites, but BE CAREFUL when utilizing websites that anyone can post on!