Phone (419) 784-5136 | Address: 1933 E 2nd Street Defiance, Ohio 43512

Home Relief Program

Home Relief Program

Starting November 2, 2020, the state of Ohio will help eligible Ohioans who are behind on rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer utility bills catch up on past payments back to April 1, 2020 and provide additional assistance through December 30, 2020.

If you are a resident of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert or Williams County, you may be eligible.

Click here to learn additional program details including eligibility requirements and documentation you will be required to provide.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 419-599-2481.

Applications can be submitted via fax to 419.599.2481 or by mail to:

NOCAC
104 E. Washington Street Suite 101
Napoleon OH  43545

 

Weatherization Contractors Needed

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) is seeking the following contractors:

***Heating Contractors to replace/repair heating units and water heaters, install duct work, plumbing, etc..

***Electrical Contractors to perform electrical work when needed such as rewires, installation of exhaust equipment, etc..

***Roofing Contractors to replace or repair roofs when needed.

***General Contractors to install ramps, perform minor floor repair, remove/replace windows, and bathroom modifications.

All work will be completed through the Home Weatherization Assistance Program. Contracts will be based on our program year that runs from 7/1/2020-6/30/2021.  Services will be provided in the six county areas NOCAC provides services which includes: Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams counties.

If interested in receiving further information, please contact the Housing & Energy Director; Kelly Feeney at kfeeney@nocac.org. (Must be insured, EPA LEAD Certified, Licensed and willing to attend trainings required to become State Certified for our agency.)

NOCAC Service Updates Due To Coronavirus

NOCAC is making changes to our service programs in an effort to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Because our country is continually updating plans to deal with this fluid situation, there may be other changes implemented in the future.  NOCAC will post these updates to our services as they occur so we can continue to meet our clients’ needs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we continue to navigate this unusual time.  For more information on the COVID-19 virus, please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website.

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MOST NOCAC LOCATIONS ARE OPEN FOR SERVICES.

FOR THE SAFETY OF EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC, SOME RESTRICTIONS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF/WHEN COUNTIES IN OUR AREA CHANGE TO RED OR PURPLE ON OHIO’S COVID MAP, THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL CHANGES IN OUR CLIENT SERVICES.   PLEASE CONTACT OUR AGENCY BEFORE TRYING TO VISIT ONE OF OUR OFFICES UNDER THOSE CONDITIONS.

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NOCAC Community Service offices are open for all HEAP, PIPP and Emergency Service appointments. Appointments can be conducted via phone interview or face-to-face. There are no walk-in services.  Those seeking assistance should still schedule an appointment online or by calling 1-419-219-4641.

Click here to view information regarding assistance for those who have been affected by COVID-19.

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Access to emergency shelter and services to homeless persons continuesPlease call 419-990-5135.  Your call will be returned. 

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At the recommendation of health experts, the PATH Center Soup Kitchen and Drop-in Center will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.  Carryout lunches or packaged meals are available for curbside pick-up from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  Meal delivery for Defiance City residents is available on a limited basis.  Call 419-782-6962, before 9:00 am.

Commodities will be distributed.  We will ask for people to line up in their cars and they will be handed pre-packaged commodities after they are signed in.  We ask that no one gets out of the vehicles.

All other scheduled PATH Center activities through the end of the year are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience

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NOCAC Child Development classes and Home Visits have resumed and are operating under the guidance provided by the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Office of Head Start, and the Office of Governor Dewine. We are still taking applications for the 2020-2021 School Year. For information on how to enroll, please contact Gerri Larson at 419-784-2150 ext. 1140

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We are open for BCI/FBI web check services as long as Defiance County is not in red or purple status.  Please call ahead for an appointment, 419-784-2150, ext. 1115.

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HWAP, EPP, Utility Services and repair programs have all resumed unless your county is in red or purple status..  Calls will be made daily to screen clients prior to our crew’s arrival.

Commodities Distribution

The Richland Place/PATH Center, at 1939 E. Second Street in Defiance, will be distributing USDA food commodities on Wednesday, January 13,  2021.  Individuals and families that meet income eligibility residing in Defiance, Tinora or Ayersville school districts can receive commodities.  Distribution will take place at the PATH Center from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Any questions contact Alicia Ricker (419) 782-6962 Ext 2929.

We will ask for people to line up in their cars and they will be handed pre-packaged commodities after they are signed in.  We ask that no one gets out of the vehicles.

Food to be distributed:

Orange juice
Apple juice
garbanzo beans
beef chili
tomato sauce
dried fruit mix
can peaches
can corn
vegetable soup
spaghetti noodles
corn flakes
peanut butter
instant potatoes
can mix fruit
dried plums
raisins
instant milk
butter
fresh eggs
fresh apples
shredded mozzarella
oj singles
frozen eggs
frozen shrimp
frozen chicken leg quarters

Financial Training Opportunities

NOCAC’s Financial Empowerment Program (FEP) has a variety of opportunities designed to increase the financial competence, confidence, and capacity of clients.

Getting Ahead is an eight week course that uses ‘kitchen table talk’ to explore and overcome the challenges facing limited-income families. Participants ‘investigate’ their own lives to connect to the community and build resources. This course is incentivized. Getting Ahead is open to the public and available in every county NOCAC serves. We are always recruiting! If you’re interested in learning more about how Getting Ahead can help you move forward, contact Tracey Backhaus, Getting Ahead Facilitator at (419) 990-5136 x 3129 or tbackhaus@nocac.org.

Financial Literacy Classes are also available on topics like: budgeting, credit/credit repair, identity theft prevention, and saving for the future. Classes are between 60-90 minutes in length and provide tools, resources, and real world solutions for individuals and families in Northwest Ohio! FEP Financial Literacy Classes are available at a location near you. For more information, contact Amy McMaster, FEP Specialist, at (419) 990-5136 x 3122 or amcmaster@nocac.org.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a six hour workshop that presents a comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and perpetuate poverty on individual and systemic levels. Examining the issue from the perspective of economic class, this workshop provides tools and resources to empower communities to alleviate and prevent poverty. Bridges is open to the public. CEUs are available. For more information or to register contact Dustin Fuller, FEP Coordinator, at (419) 990-5136 x 3114 or dfuller@nocac.org.

 

Pre-School Applications Now Being Accepted

The NOCAC Child Development program is now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 Head Start preschool program.

Head Start is a FREE comprehensive program that helps children, ages 3 to 5, from low-income families get ready for school. Our program provides education, health, social and other services to eligible children in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties.

For more information, please call Isaac at 419-784-5136 ext. 1140.