Columbus GreenSpot program offers rebates

rain barrelAre you looking for a rain barrel, compost bin or native plants and trees to spruce up your yard? GreenSpot Backyards has you covered. Beginning April 1st GreenSpot members will be eligible for a $50 rebate on a compost bin, rain barrel or native plants and up to $100 rebate on trees (subject to address verification and specific criteria). Take an easy on-line quiz or attend a workshop hosted by Franklin Soil and Water.

To register or find out more information visit www.GreenSpotBackyards.org.

 

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCE LIST

Columbus City Attorney’s Office, Zone Initiative

375 South High Street, 17th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215

614-645-8619

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

  • Code Enforcement      (to find out info related to Code violation notice)      614-645-3111
  • Housing Division      (to get info on rehab grants and low-interest loans)    614-645-8526
  • City Land Bank        (to propose a transfer of your property to City)            614-645-5263
  • Building and Zoning   (to obtain a permit; licensed contractor list)    614-645-7433
  • Franklin County Treasurer     (to discuss delinquent property taxes & options)        614-525-3431
  • Franklin County Auditor   (for senior citizen, owner-occupied & disabled veteran tax reduction; rental property registration)      614-525-3240
  • Environmental Court   (for court case info)    614-645-1669             (to obtain additional info on resources)      614-645-8742
  • Columbus City Attorney   (to find out who is the Zone attorney in your area or if you have a court case, to speak with the prosecutor)     614-645-7385

LEGAL ASSISTANCE

  • Columbus Bar Association      (lawyer referral)        877-560-1014
  • Legal Aid Society    (legal assistance for low-income residents)    888-246-4418
  • Pro Seniors, Inc.      (legal hotline for Ohioans age 60 and over)   800-488-6070
  • Grassbaugh Vets Project      (legal assistance for Veterans)    614-292-0290
  • Capital University Legal Clinic (will preparation, power of attorney, living wills; cases accepted in August and December)    614-236-6245

HOME REPAIR ASSISTANCE

  • RTCO Tool Library     (free tool rental for homeowners; minor home repairs for senior citizens & individuals with disabilities)   614-258-6392
  • Habitat for Humanity     (home repairs for owner-occupied properties, must be up-to-date on property taxes and mortgage; special program for Veterans)     614-484-1966
  • Habitat’s ReStore     (discounted rehab materials)     614-737-8673
  • Emergency Repair Program    (emergency help for heat, plumbing, electrical)     614-645-8526
  • Lifecare Alliance     (for owners who are 60+, or 55+ and disabled, and in need or safety & health-related home repairs, must be current on property  taxes and mortgage)   614-278-3130
  • Office on Aging     (for senior citizens, one-time property tax assistance, in-home care & minor home repairs)     614-525-6200
  • Homeport     (free classes on home repair, money management & home-buying)     614-221-8889

EMERGENCY HOUSING

  • Hands On Central Ohio    (for assistance with emergency shelter)     888-474-3587
  • CMHA        (for assistance with Public Housing & Housing Choice Voucher Program “Section 8”)   614-421-6000
  • PRC (ODJFS)    (short-term housing for employed adults with kids)     614-233-2000
  • Impact Community Action      (emergency rent & energy bill assistance)   614-252-2799
  • Columbus Urban League     (for assistance with locating affordable housing, foreclosure prevention & landlord-tenant issues)        614-257-6300            
  • Veterans Service Commission (for Veterans in need of emergency mortgage, rent and utilities assistance)     614-525-2500
  • Military Veterans Resource Center (for Veterans in need of assistance with payment of rent or utilities; also provide employment services)    614-230-0662                         
  • Veterans & Families FIRST     (for Veterans in need housing or rent assistance)        614-629-9960
  • Salvation Army     (emergency rent assistance when available)                614-221-6561
  • COMPASS     (offers $100 for rent in a 12 month period, eviction notice required)        614-463-9612

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND JOB TRAINING

  • Unemployment Compensation Benefits     877-644-6562
  • Office of Workforce Development (ODJFS)      888-296-7541
  • Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation        614-559-5052
  • Economic & Community Development Institute    (free classes on how to start a business)      614-559-0115

FOOD ASSISTANCE

  • Office of Family Stability (ODJFS)     877-852-0010
  • HandsOn Central Ohio Foodline     614-341-2282

MEDIATION

  • Columbus City Attorney’s Office     614-645-5807
  • Community Mediation Services     614-228-7191

IMMIGRATION SERVICES/ENGLISH CLASSES

  • Community Refugee & Immigration Services     614-235-5747