Knox County

The County Resource Directory
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and programs serving County residents

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The Ohio Benefit Bank

Neighbors helping neighbors


Trained counselors are available where you live, work, play, and pray. Call today to check your eligibility and find a site near you:

  • Prescription Assistance
  • Access to Tax Credits
  • Food Assistance
  • Medical Coverage
  • Assistance with utilities
  • And other community supports

Ohio Here to Help

Website to locate assistance with:

  • education & training
  • food
  • money
  • healthcare
  • housing
  • employment
  • transportation
  • child care
  • child support
  • applications for services

Ohio Airs Service Map

Interactive information and referral website

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission

120 N 4th St.

Coshocton, OH  43812

Phone:  740-622-9801

The Community Services Network is made of more than 1100 local, private, non-profit and public agencies that work to alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in communities throughout the United States.

Services:  transportation, energy assistance (HEAP), employment, child development, food/nutrition (pantries & emergency food), housing & community development (repairs), scholarships, youth programs.

Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel

10 W Broad St., Ste. 1800

Columbus, OH  43215-3485

Phone:  877-742-5622 or 614-466-8574


The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel represents households in court and educates consumers about electric, natural gas, telephone, and water issues.

State law prevents utilities from disconnecting a consumer’s electric and natural gas services for nonpayment if a permanent member of the household has a medical condition defined as “especially dangerous” to health and the consumer has a medical certification waiver on file with the utility company. 

In some cases, electric companies can give preference to prevent disconnection or establish a reconnection of utility service to individuals who rely on life support devices, such as respirators, ventilators or other medical equipment.  

Contact you utility company directly or Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Call Center hotline at 800-686-PUCO (7826).

Social Welfare Services

Find social and welfare services in your area by entering your zip code at this web site:



1-800-651-6223, x526

ActivStyle is a full-service medical supply company that specializes in providing incontinence products to Medicaid recipients. We are committed to helping the underserved Medicaid-eligible patients and their families. Our expertise in understanding technical medical regulations allows us to give you the level of service that you deserve.

If you are on Medicaid, most of our products can be provided to you at no cost.

ActivStyle has a fully stocked warehouse and maintains a highly trained staff of incontinence specialists to ensure that you can find the products that best suit your level of incontinence. If you qualify, we will do all the billing, obtain the prescriptions from your physician, and complete any other Medicaid paperwork for you. Additionally, we do not charge for shipping the products directly to your home.

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS)

15W Locust Ave., Ste. A

Newark, OH  43055-5512

Phone:  740-345-0850 or 888-831-9412

Fax:  740-345-2064


Southeastern Ohio Legal Services® (SEOLS) gives legal help without attorney fees to people with low income and limited savings and assets. We can also serve organizations of low-income people. We receive our funding from the federal and state governments and other sources.

If you live in one of the counties served by SEOLS and have a household income that is less than 125% of the poverty level, you may be eligible for our services. Poverty levels are set each year by the federal government based on family size. You can also contact us if you do not live in one of our counties but you are being sued or need services in a county that SEOLS serves.

The Newark office provides free legal assistance with non-criminal problems if you are low income or you are 60 or older and your legal problem is in Knox and Licking counties.

Knox County Department of Job & Family Services
117 East High Street , Fourth Floor
Mount Vernon

Assistance with health care, food stamps, Financial assistance, food stamps, Shelter and transportation

Knox County Mental Health Authortity
201 A West High Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

Their programs provide assistance to low and moderate income families and individuals.

Ohio Housing Finance Agency

57 East Main Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone: 614.466.7970, 1.888.362.6432

TDD: 614.466.1940

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency offers affordable housing opportunities for Ohioans from rental assistance to home ownership. OHFA provides access to financial resources for the development and management of affordable, safe, and sanitary housing. The agency's programs serve first-time homebuyers, renters, senior citizens, and other populations with special needs who otherwise might not be able to afford quality housing. (Serves all 88 Counties in Ohio)

Knox County Department of Human Services
117 East High St ,Third Floor
Mount Vernon, Ohio
740-392-5437 (24 hour hotline)

Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, AAA5

& Ombudsman
780 Park Avenue, West
Mansfield, Ohio 44906

Phone:  419-524-4144 or 1-800-860-5799

Fax:  419-522-9482

Julie Sipe

Adult day services, Companion services, Home delivered meals, Home medical equipment, Homemaker services, Home repair, Electronics monitoring systems, and medical transportation.

The Ombudsman addresses the concerns of consumers in a variety of long term care settings. by investigating and resolving complaints; Promoting the enforcement of laws and regulations; Advising and recommending policy to sttae andd federal government agencies on long term care issuses; and educating the public, consumers, providers, and policy makers

Information & Referral

NAMI of Knox County

Phone:  740-397-3088

A family based grass roots organization working to improve the quality of life of persons suffering from mental illness, to provide support and education to their family and friends, and to educate the public concerning these diseases.

Pathways of Central Ohio

1627 Bryn Mawr Dr.

Newark, OH  43055

Phone:  740-345-6166

Crisis Intervention Services

Crisis Hotline & Information Center dial 2-1-1

Ohio Relay 1-800-750-0750

Independent living center of NCO,inc.
1 Marion Ave., Ste. 115 C
Mansfield, OH  44903

Phone:  419-526-6770

Working for and with individuals with disabilities-all ages. Information, referral and personal advocacy. Provides assistance with purchase of rehabilitative devices, ramps and small home modifications.

Knox County BD of Mental Retardation/Developmental
11700 Upper Gilchrist Rd
Mt. Vernon, OH  43050

Phone:  740-397-4656

Emergency 740-501-4592

County agency providing supports to children and adults who have mental retardation or developmental disabilities.


Behavioral Health Care Center of Ohio
8402 Blackjack Rd. Ext.
Mt. Vernon, OH  43050

Phone:  740-397-0442

Comprehensive community mental health center serving Knox and Licking Counties. Agency services include: individual, family, relationship and group counseling, adult and child case management services, psychiatric assessment, medication services.

Mount Vernon Developmental Center
1250 Vernonview Dr .
Mt. Vernon,  OH  43050-1447

Phone:  740-393-6200

Provides supportive, vocational and habilitative services and opportunities to grow, gain independence, and enjoy life for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.


Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation

2281 Village Mall Dr., Ste. A

Mansfield, OH  44906

Phone/TTY: 419-747-3000 or 800-354-6271

Fax:  419-747-3008

The Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) is the program that provides individuals with disabilities the services and support necessary to help them attain and maintain employment. Disabilities may include either physical, intellectual, mental health, or sensory disabilities.

Rx for Ohio website

RxforOhio is a program that connects qualified, low-income people with discount prescription drugs, direct from the pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Community Mental Health

and Recovery Board

of Licking and Knox Counties
1435 B W Main St.

Newark, OH  43055

Phone:  740-522-1234
toll free 1-866-559-6650

Emergency Hotline: 1-800-544-1601

The Community Mental Health & Recovery Board of Licking and Knox Counties was established by the State Mental Health Act of 1988 and Sub House Bill 317. The Board is mandated by state law to provide community-based behavioral health care (mental health recovery and substance abuse/addiction services) to citizens of Licking and Knox Counties regardless of their ability to pay. The Board provides services through contracts with local not-for-profit agencies that follow strict standards mandated by the state and federal governments and by the Board.

Alcohol and Drug FREEDOM CENTER

of Knox County
106 East Gambier Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Phone: 740-397-2660
Fax: 740-392-3613
TTD: 740-397-6591

Open Mon-Fri 8:30 AM - 5 PM

or by appointment

The FREEDOM CENTER has two major purposes in its mission against alcohol and other drug abuse. The first is act as a prevention resource to educate the community about alcohol and other drug abuse, alcoholism and other chemical dependency to dispel and overcome denial as well as to promote low-risk choices. The second is to help individuals and families break free from their dependencies and/or harmful behaviors involving alcohol or other drug abuse. In both, the goal is also to promote drug-free and effective living


Newark Recovery Center

112 S Third St.

Newark, OH  43055

Phone:   740-345-6246

Fax:   740-345-3697

Mount Vernon Recovery Center

110 S Gay St.

Mount Vernon, OH  43050

Phone:   740-392-9491

Fax:   740-392-9165


Click here for a list of additional Knox County resources:

Knox County Public Defender Office
One Public Sq.
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

Phone:  740-393-6734

Ohios indigent defense system consists of County Public Defenders, Non-Profit Corporations, Court-Appointed Counsel, and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. The defense system used by each county is determined by the local Board of County Commissioners.

Search for Housing in Ohio

http://www.ohioshousinglocator. org


Rental Assistance

Housing Vouchers

Assisted Housing

Other Rental Housing Lists

Rural Rental Housing

HUD Ohio Apartment Search

Public Housing Authorities

Affordable Housing in Cuyahoga County

Fair Housing Information

Ohio Civil Rights Commission


Ohio Landlord/Tenant Law

Ohio Legal Services

Housing Accessibility

Home Modifications

Universal Design


Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards

Buying a Home

Ohio Housing Finance Agency

Federal Housing Administration

Fannie Mae

Rural Housing Programs

For Homeowners

Foreclosure Prevention

Home Repair

Property Tax Exemptions

Reverse Mortgages

Housing Counseling

Older Ohioans

Find your Area Agency on Aging

Long-Term Care Consumer Guide

Ohio Department of Aging

The Disability Resources Monthly (DRM) Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet

What We Are...   Disability Resources, inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently.    Who We Serve...   We serve thousands of individuals with disabilities through a multidisciplinary network of service providers and consumers. In order to reach as many people with disabilities as cost effectively as possible, we target our services and publications to libraries, disability organizations, independent living centers, rehabilitation facilities, educational institutions, and health and social service providers.    What We Do...   We disseminate information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and on-line services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently.

Mental Health America

501 B S Main St.

Mt. Vernon, OH  43050

Phone:  740-397-3088

Fax:  740-392-4008


Crisis Lines

1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)

1-866-488-7386 (1-866 4 U TREVOR - aimed at gay and questioning youth)

Agency Services
  • Parent Talk newsletter - mailed to parents of newborns born at Knox Community Hospital
  • NAMI of Ohio Hand-to-Hand family education program
  • Self-defense classes
  • Health fair exhibits and others
  • Educational programs, visual materials and resources
  • Knox County Family Fun Day
  • Workshops
  • Brown bag library topics
  • Support groups: HEARTS for parents Post Traumatic Stress Depression/Bipolar Divorce Recovery Workshop.ADD.
  • Publish annual community resource directory

    New Directions

    Domestic Abuse Shelter

    P. O. Box 453

    Mt. Vernon, OH  43050

    Business and Crisis Line:  740-397-4357 (HELP)

    Fax:  740-397-1106


    Our Vision Statement

    New Directions is committed to social change that eliminates violence in all relationships and promotes safe, equal, just, respectful, healthy and loving relationships.

    Our Mission

    The purpose of New Directions is to help victims of intimate partner violence and their children who have been physically, emotionally and sexually assaulted. We also serve victims of dating violence and date and acquaintance rape. By providing a crisis hotline, shelter, advocacy, individual and group support, we enable them to assume power over their own lives. New Directions works toward primary prevention of intimate partner violence and sexual violence.

    Why We're Here

    We are here to listen not to work miracles.

    We are here to help women discover what they are feeling not to make the feelings go away.

    We are here to help a woman identify her options not to decide for her what she should do.

    We are here to discuss steps with a woman not to take the steps for her.

    We are here to help a woman discover her own strength not to rescue her and leave her still vulnerable.

    We are here to help a woman discover she can help herself not to take responsibility for her.

    We are here to help women learn to choose not to make it unnecessary for her to make difficult choices

    We are here to provide support for change.

    Hospice of Knox County


    After office hours, please call (740) 397-3333 and ask for the Hospice nurse. This is the Knox County Sheriff's number.  They will contact our on-call nurse who should return your call within 15 minutes.

    By Phone:
    (740) 397-5188

    By Fax:
    (740) 397-5182

    Hospice of Knox County
    17700 Coshocton Road
    Mount Vernon, OH 43050


    For Patients, Families and Community:
    Since its inception in 1983, Hospice of Knox County has been committed to the ideal that people still matter, especially when they are facing the undeniable reality of end of life. We provide end-of life care for anyone of any age: the elderly patient with heart disease or Alzheimer’s, the middle-aged patient with cancer or kidney disease, the infant with a congenital disorder, or the survivor who is suffering from the grief and loss of a loved one.

    You and/or your family make the choice to join Hospice. Individuals are eligible for Hospice care if their primary doctor states they have a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less, and choose not to accept any further life-prolonging treatments.

    Our Hospice team focuses on you, your dignity, and your comfort. Using Hospice services is a thoughtful choice to provide comfort and support for you and your caregivers during the dying and grieving process. Specialized care is provided day or night, in whatever setting you call home. Hospice helps you face the end of life surrounded, if possible, by your family and in a comfortable setting.

    The sooner Hospice is able to begin caring for you, the more time you have to receive the benefits of friends you can count on and professionals you can trust.

    Modest Needs

    Visit for eligibility guidelines, registration, and application.

    "We work to promote the self-sufficiency of the 'working poor' - the hard-working but low-income individuals and families that conventional philanthropy has otherwise forgotten. Modest Needs offers grants to low-income but generally self-sufficient households, displaced workers struggling to return to the work force, permanently disadvantaged persons struggling to afford medical care, and small non-profit organizations." Grants are paid directly to the vendor or creditor.

    Three main grant programs:


    - Self Sufficiency -help low-income households with short-term emergency expenses

    - Bridge -For persons who will become more self-sufficient once a full month's pay has been received, but need assistance during the transition period.

    - New Employment -helps people in their job search.

    Simply EZ HDM of North Central Ohio, Inc.

    1223 Ashland, Rd.

    Mansfield, OH  44905

    Phone:  419-589-4006 or 800-439-6325

    Fax:  419-589-0130


    We deliver more than 25,000 meals per week to over 47 counties in Ohio. Our weekly visits bring a variety of meals including low-sugar and low sodium choices as well as adhering to sensitive dietary restrictions. Our portions are freshly sealed for easy heat and serve.

    If you are not affiliated with Passport, Title III C, or Ohio Home Care programs, you may purchase meals direct from us. Five meals a week (our minimum) is only $30.00. Seven meals are $40.00, or you may order any combination of those amounts.

    Ohio Home Weatherization Program (HWAP)

    Office of Community Assistance

    77 S High St., P.O. Box 1001

    Columbus, OH  43216-1001

    Phone:  800-282-0882



    The Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is a no-cost energy assistance program designed to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by income-eligible Ohioans, reduce participants' household energy expenditures, and improve participants' health and safety. HWAP is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and provided to Ohioans at no cost for customers Households at or below the federal poverty guidelines or households receiving Supplemental Security Income qualify for this no-cost program.

    Any individual, homeowner, or renter with an income that falls into the federal government's poverty guidelines can apply for services under the HWAP. As required by the federal government, HWAP providers give priority to people over the age of 60 and those with disabilities. The local agency's review of your application will determine your eligibility for services.

    Advocacy & Protective Services, Inc.

    East Central Region

    1250 Vernonview Dr.

    Mt. Vernon, OH  43050

    Phone:  740-397-3526 9-5 M-F

    Fax:  740-393-1099

    After hours, evenings, weekends, holidays:  614-262-3800 or 800-282-9363

    APSI (Advocacy & Protective Services, Inc.) is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to protecting the rights of Ohioans with developmental disabilities. We advocate for the people we serve by helping to make their desires and needs known, especially when they cannot speak for themselves or if they have no other advocate. We do this by providing a full array of guardianship and protective services to individuals age 18 or older.

    The Village Network

    17606 Coshocton Rd.

    Mt. Vernon, OH  43050

    Phone:  740-397-7568

    Referral agencies in need of information on placements contact Brad Bahl.
    Office:   330-202-3837 
    Cell:  330-201-2521


    Teaching and guiding children toward independent productive lives drives every decision made at The Village Network. The needs of each boy and girl are individually assessed and treatment plans are designed to transition youth to permanent environments.

    Masters-level therapists work to create individualized treatment programs for each boy and girl. The programs at The Village Network allow for immediate placement and treatment of youth in crisis.

    Programs available in Knox county:  co-ed residential treatment, crisis assessment services, day services respite care, treatment foster care, transitional living.

    12 other campuses available in Ohio

    Food Pantry

    Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center

    84  Main St., P.O. Box 685

    Bellville, OH  44813

    Phone:  419-886-8395

    Hours:  M-Sat 10am-4pm


    Our outreach center offers clothing, food, fresh produce, and a variety of community activities (games, cards, computer training, job search and preparation, household budgeting, and more).   Please call the food pantries to confirm that the hours have not changed.

    Home Delivered Meals

    Homestyle Direct

    P.O. Box 159

    Kimberly, ID 83341

    Phone:   866-735-0921

    Fax:   208-423-4615


    If you are a Medicaid recipient and are eligible or are currently on the waiver programs through Medicaid, once you are approved by Medicaid, there is no charge for our meals. Homestyle Direct handles all of the Medicaid billing on your behalf. If you are unsure about your qualifications, contact your local Medicaid office. You can also call us, and we will provide the appropriate guidance. All of the items on our menu are priced the same, $5.95 per meal plus the cost of shipping.


    We ship healthy and delicious meals to our customers' doorsteps. All of our meals are certified and approved by our licensed dietician. Our extensive menu offers plenty of variety to please the palate and satisfy special requirements. In addition to the complete meal offerings that feature, chicken, turkey, pork, beef, fish and seafood, vegetarian, and breakfast, we offer special nutritional options; Low-fat, Low-calorie. Carb-controlled, Gluten free, Low-sodium and Renal diets.


    We can ship anywhere in the state of Ohio.

    AIDS Resource Center Ohio

    401 Park Ave. W, Ste. 1

    Mansfield, OH  44906

    Phone:  419-525-2437

    Awareness, advocacy, testing and care services.

    Victim Assistance Program

    117 E High St., Ste. 234

    Mount Vernon, OH  43050

    Phone:  740-397-3404

    Fax:  740-397-3405

    The Justice League of Ohio is the only crime victims’ rights legal clinic in the state of Ohio that provides free legal representation in criminal court to citizens victimized by crime to protect their legal rights.


    *Notification of court hearings including the date, time, and courtroom

    *Information about the progress of the case, including appeals and release hearings

    *Support and advocacy throughout the criminal justice process

    *Provision of a secure waiting area during court proceedings

    *Accompany to court hearings

    *Familiarize victims with trial procedures before they testify in court

    *If applicable to the case, assistance in the filing of claims for compensation in the Ohio Court of Claims

    *Confidential referrals to any appropriate medical, counseling or social service agency

    *Provision to elderly crime victims of services appropriate to their special needs

    *assistance in the reasonable return of property being held as evidence by law enforcement agencies

    *assistance in completing victim impact statements

    Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

    Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI)

    2281 Village Mall Dr., Ste. A

    Mansfield, OH  44906

    Phone/TTY:  419-747-3000 or 800-354-6271

    Fax:  419-747-3008

    BSVI provides direct, personalized services to help individuals with disabilities obtain or retain employment. The BSVI counselor works with you one-on-one to plan an individualized program leading to gainful employment.


    • Work Assessment
    • Mobility Training
    • Medical Restoration
    • Vocational Development
    • Braille Instruction
    • Career Planning
    • Job Placement
    • Adaptive Equipment
    • Employer Assistance
    • Follow-up Support

    ASIST  Translation Services, Inc.

    4891 Sawmill Rd., Ste. 200

    Columbus, OH  43235-7266

    Phone:  888-546-7745

    200+ languages, 24/7/365 availability
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