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

2020 Census Information

2020 Census Information

The 2020 US Census — Everyone Counts!

NOCAC is proud to join the National Community Action Partnership and the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies to support the 2020 US Census!  It is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. government and counts every person living in the USA.  The census Includes 10 questions and takes 10 minutes to complete.

EVERY person needs to be counted in the 2020 Census!  Did you know that children under 5 years old are the most undercounted population?  Funding for Head Start, schools, school lunch programs, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and many other federal programs is based on population.  For every person not counted, it is estimated that $2,000/year in funding will be lost for the next 10 years (until the 2030 Census).

For more information, please click to view these short (2-3 minute) videos.

The Citizenship Question (English)

The Citizenship Question (Spanish)

The Census is Easy and Convenient

Children and the Census

The census can be completed online, on paper, via telephone or in-person beginning March 12, 2020.
Telephone: English: (844) 330-2020 / Spanish: (844) 468-2020

Thank you for your help supporting an accurate census count!

NOCAC Service Updates Due To Coronavirus

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

Because our country is still putting plans in place to deal with this situation, there may be other changes implemented in the near 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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NOCAC has suspended face to face appointments for all HEAP, PIPP and Emergency Service appointments. Those seeking assistance should still schedule an appointment using the link, schedule online, or by calling 1-844-493-1193. Appointments will be conducted by phone from one of our HEAP/Community Service Specialist.

Please note that Toledo Edison and AEP have both temporarily suspended shut-offs due to non-payment of bills.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)  extended its winter reconnect order through May 1, 2020. The Winter Reconnect Order helps Ohioans reconnect or maintain electric and natural gas service during the heating season between Oct. 14, 2019 and May 1, 2020.  The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) has been extended until 5/1/20.  The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) has been extended to 6/1/20.

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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 will be closed to the public until further notice. In an effort to encourage people to stay home, in accordance with the Governors mandate, we will not be doing carry out meals at this time.

All scheduled PATH Center activities for the remainder of March and April are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience

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Due to the Governor of Ohio closing all private and public schools with the premise of avoiding spreading the COVID-19 virus, NOCAC will be canceling all Child Development classes and home visits for the next three weeks (March 16 to April 3).

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BCI/FBI web check services are suspended until April 6th.

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All Getting Ahead classes and CCMEP activities have been suspended until further notice.

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Due to the growing number of places that have suspended services as a preventative measure against the spread of corona virus, NOCAC’s tax program has likewise suspended ALL services.  If you have an appointment, you will be contacted.

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All HWAP, EPP services, and home repair are suspended until further notice.

Tax Filing Information

New This Year!

In partnership with the IRS, NOCAC will be offering free Federal, State and School District tax preparation through 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. can be accessed here.  

If you have any questions, please email or contact our Tax Hotline at 419-990-5134.  Please note that the deadline for filing taxes this year has changed to July 15, 2020.

Commodities Distribution

The Richland Place/PATH Center, at 1939 E. Second Street in Defiance, will be distributing USDA food commodities on Wednesday, Aptil 8, 2020.  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 9am-1pm.  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
Red Kidney Beans
Canned Pork
Tomato Sauce
Canned Peaches
Canned Pears
Vegetable Soup
Cream of Mushroom
Canned Salmon
Canned Chicken
Walnut pieces
Dried Cherries
Peanut Butter
Tastee O’s
White Rice
Frozen Eggs
Peach cups
Frozen Peach Slices
Pork Loin
Frozen Chicken Breast Filet
Frozen Whole Chickens

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.

National Community Action Month

The month of May has been designated Community Action Month in order to recognize the positive impact Community Action agencies provide for their local communities. Together, these agencies work to help thousands of families achieve self-sufficiency.

This month allows Community Action agencies the opportunity to highlight the work that they do to help struggling families reach economic stability. It also provides everyone in the community a first-hand look at poverty that exists in their own neighborhoods.

Community Action Month is a time to honor and celebrate the impact agencies have in making our communities – and our nation – stronger.