The Emergency Assistance Department provides supportive services that deliver crisis intervention strategies to stabilize households and strengthen self-sufficiency. All Emergency Assistance Programs/Services serve Franklin County households that are at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and most households must have a qualifying emergency to receive assistance.
In 2016, more than $91,302 was leveraged to help 539 households with transportation assistance, furniture assistance, rental assistance, water utility assistance, state identification assistance and bereavement assistance.
Q: What is a qualifying emergency?
A: A qualifying emergency is a situation or circumstance that interrupts your life or lifestyle and makes it so you are unable to afford the expense
Q: What is the Federal Poverty Guidelines for 125% of Poverty?
A: See the table below
Appliance Assistance provides one-time per calendar year material support with a refrigerator or stove (electric) for households with qualifying emergency.
Bereavement Assistance is burial support for households who bear the burden of expense in the unexpected loss/loss of a loved one.
Q: Does IMPACT work exclusively with one or specific funeral homes?
A: IMPACT serves Franklin County. IMPACT will accept a referral from any funeral home located in Columbus and Franklin County within the boundaries of our service area.
Q: How much assistance can I receive?
A: The bereavement assistance benefit is up $700.00.
Furniture Bank Assistance
IMPACT, in partnership with the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, provides access to material assistance referrals for households with a qualifying emergency.
Q: What is required for the Furniture Bank?
A: The Furniture Bank requires a referral from a participating partner agency. All customers referred to the Furniture Bank through IMPACT must bring a $30.00 co-pay to their initial appointment.
Q: Do I need to secure my own truck for Furniture Bank delivery?
A: No, the Furniture Bank will deliver your selections.
Q: Will the Furniture Bank bring my furnishings into my home?
A: No, you must be able to unload your own items. Furniture Bank staff are not permitted to bring the furniture into your home.
Rent/Mortgage Assistance provides one-time per calendar year support for past due balances and first month's rent to prevent homelessness for households that are experiencing situational poverty or crisis.
Q: Does IMPACT pay security deposits or late fees?
A: No, IMPACT does not provide assistance with security deposits or late fees.
Q: How much assistance can I receive?
A: The benefit towards first month and past due rent is up to $700.00.
Q: Can I apply for rent assistance multiple times per year?
A: No, customers may only receive the benefit once per calendar year.
Q: Can I pick up the check?
A: No, payments are mailed directly to the property owner/landlord.
Q: Once approved, will the landlord receive the funds right away?
A: The property owner/ landlord is notified of the agency’s intent to pay however; the receipt of benefit may take up to 10 business days to process
Transportation Assistance is the issuance of bus passes/gas cards to support the household's ability to maintain basic household transportation needs.
Q: What do I need to receive the transportation benefit?
A: All persons receiving the transportation benefit must meet income eligibility at 125% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
Q: Do you provide gas cards or bus passes?
A: Yes, the benefit may provide either gas card or bus pass (based on availability).
Water Utility Assistance
Water Assistance is one-time per calendar year support to a water utility vendor for water bills that are past due or in disconnection status.
Q: Can IMPACT assist with a payment if the water bill is in the landlord’s name?
A: Yes, we work with landlords and have a process that addresses bill payment.
Q: How much is assistance can I receive?
A: The benefit towards the water is up to $250.00 towards a delinquent water bill.
Q: Do I need to be in disconnect status to apply for services?
A: Yes, you must be in disconnect status or off