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

Toledo Edison Fuel Fund Assistance

Funds are currently available to assist Toledo Edison customers in our service area.

  • Funds available beginning 3/1/2021
  • Maximum benefit amount of $250
  • No disconnect notice is required
  • Must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

This program is only available until funds are depleted so call soon to schedule your appointment.

419-219-4641

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.

Tax Preparation Program

Tax Preparation Program

EXCITING NEWS FOR THE 2021 TAX SEASON

In partnership with the IRS, NOCAC’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) will be offering free Federal, State and School District tax preparation through MyFreeTaxes.com.   In addition, we are taking part in the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program, which provides free assisted tax preparation for qualified taxpayers.

MyFreeTaxes.com is a free, safe and easy way for individuals to file for free! Unlike many free offerings, there are no income requirements and there are no hidden fees for state returns! There may be small fees if the return requires a Schedule C, D, or E. It is done completely online and can only be accessed through the link below.

When using MyFreeTaxes.com for your Ohio state tax return, the software will ask you to for your county and school district. Unfortunately, this will NOT automatically create your School District return. So, if you reside in a school district that has an income tax, you will ALSO need to create a School District return form, SD-100. (See picture below)

For assistance, you can call the MyFreeTaxes.com help line: 866-698-9435.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a volunteer-driven program that assists taxpayers in preparing their Federal, State and School District taxes for free. We will be holding tax clinics throughout Defiance, Williams, Paulding and Fulton counties this year. Tax clinics are by appointment only. There is an income limit of $56,000 per return and all taxpayers must be present at the time of preparation. Social Security cards are needed for all taxpayers and dependents claimed on the tax return.

To set up an appointment please contact our Tax Hotline at (419) 990-5134.

If you have any questions, please email taxes@nocac.org or contact our Tax Hotline at 419-990-5134.  For information on your Civil Rights as a taxpayer, please view this document.

Commodities Distribution

The Richland Place/PATH Center, at 1939 E. Second Street in Defiance, will be distributing USDA food commodities on Wednesday, April 7,  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
Grapefruit Juice
Canned garbanzo beans
Canned black beans
Canned mix fruit
Canned green beans
Canned peas
Potato Flakes
Roasted almonds
Walnut pieces
Raisins
Butter
Fresh oranges
Cereal
OJ singles
Frozen Blueberries
Frozen fish filets

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.