Emergency Assistance Guidelines
Emergency assistance is available to low-income households experiencing urgent and short-term needs. The goal of the emergency assistance program is to help overcome barriers preventing stability. Requests for assistance require an appointment at one of the NOCAC Community Service offices in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert or Williams counties.
Assistance is dependent upon meeting program income eligibility requirements and the availability of funding which varies among counties.
Assistance may be available to support:
- Rental assistance to prevent homelessness
- Utility assistance to prevent disconnection or to establish services
- Birth certificates or identification
- Prescribed medications
- Assistance with fuel costs for employment or medical related transportation
- Travel vouchers for transportation (Defiance city only)
Income eligibility varies according to funding source guidelines but ranges from 125 to 200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
What you will need for your appointment:
- Proof of citizenship or legal residency
- Social Security cards all household members. If a member does not have a Social Security card, a birth certificate is needed. If you have recently applied for a card, an official letter from the Social Security office with the number printed on it and stating your card is in process is acceptable.
- Proof of disability
- Notice of eviction (for rental assistance)
- All utility bills with account # (for utility assistance) – must be in the name of a household member
- Income documentation (last 90 days) for all household members over 18, even if they are still in school. This includes check stubs, social security and child support. Income from self-employment must be notarized with additional supporting documentation. Any household member over 18 claiming no income must complete an affidavit.
- For the Summer Crisis Program ONLY, you must provide a medical statement if you are under age 60.
Information is required for all household members
Funding sources and partners that support NOCAC’s Emergency Assistance programs include:
- The Salvation Army (Defiance County, Paulding County and Bryan)
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- The United Way of Fulton County
- The United Way of Van Wert County
- Local donations from generous individuals, organizations and churches
Support the emergency needs of low income households by making a donation.
For more information please contact the NOCAC Community Service Worker in your community.
24 Hour Appointment Hotline
HEAP, PIPP, Utility Assistance and
Other Emergency Needs