The Winter Crisis Program starts November 1st, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Please call the automated hotline at 1-866-861-6421 to schedule your appointment.

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The services provided specifically at the Henry and Betty Egner Memorial Center in Galion, Crawford County include:


  • The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program designed to help low-income Ohioans with their winter heating bills.  The program runs from July 1 to June 30.


  • Winter Crisis Program (WCP) (Also called “Emergency HEAP”) - The Winter Crisis Program provides financial assistance to income-eligible households that are threatened with disconnection of their heating source; have already had service disconnected; need to establish new service or pay to transfer service; or in the case of bulk fuel customers, only have 25 percent or less of the tank’s fuel capacity on hand.  The WCP program year runs from November 1 to March 31.  OHCAC has until April 15 to finish processing incomplete or pending applications.


  • Summer Crisis Program (SCP) – The Summer Crisis Program provides financial assistance to income-eligible households determined eligible by the current SCP State Issued Grant Agreement, Exhibit 1, Scope of Work.  The SCP program year runs from July 1 to August 31.  OHCAC has until September 15 to finish processing any incomplete or pending applications.


  • Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) – The percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus helps income-eligible Ohioans manage their energy bills year round.  The program allows eligible Ohioans to pay their energy bill based on a percentage of their income each month.  To be eligible for the program, a customer must receive his/her electric or gas service from a company regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), must have a total household income which is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, and must apply for all energy assistance programs for which he or she is eligible.  For Gas PIPP Plus, the utility must be a primary heat source.


  • The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and additional energy conservation programs operated for Columbia Gas Customers and Ohio Edison customers are operated by OHCAC at a Marion location.  Center staff can assist with applications and information regarding program guidelines, services and time frames.  Services provided for eligible households can include appliance replacement and home insulation.  To contact the Marion Housing and Weatherization Office directly call 740-387-9703.


  • The Emergency Food Pantry is a client choice food pantry including summer produce markets for Galion residents in times of crisis. Household income must be at or below 125% of the federal poverty level and customers must present the last 30 days of income, proof of Galion residency and photo identification.


  • The Clothing Outlet offers gently-used clothing and small household items available for purchase for $.25 per item. Household income must be at or below 125% of the federal poverty level.


  • Holiday Assistance may be available to provide families with provide gifts and necessities during the holiday seasons.  Customers must be at or below 125% of the federal poverty level and present the last 30 days of income, proof of Galion residency and photo identification.


  • The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program assists with obtaining permanent housing.  Household income must be at or below 30% of Average Median Income and customers must present the last 13 weeks of income, and photo identification.


  • The Adult Tutoring Program provides assistance with preparation for the G.E.D. examination for Crawford County residents.


  • The Ohio Benefit Bank Program provides help with pre-registration for food stamps, medical benefits, taxes, voter registration, and other services.


  • The Backpack Program provides Galion school-aged children with enough nutritional, kid-friendly food to last each weekend during the school year.


  • The Fatherhood Program serves Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland Counties.  This program is designed to help fathers develop healthy and lasting relationships with their children while assisting them develop the tools needed to provide economic stability for their families.  The program is free for all fathers and offers several services.  Initial assessment and testing is done to complete an individual service plan.  Program services include:


          • Eligibility determination
          • Assessment and Testing to determine employment plan
          • Education/Career Awareness
          • Job Seeking and Job Retention
          • Short Term Vocational and Certificate Training
          • Supportive Services
          • 24/7 Dad Curriculum
          • Financial Planning
          • 90 Day follow-up

For more information on the Fatherhood Program, Contact Tracey Rector.

740-387-1039 x 832 or toll free at 877-241-3427 x 832.  via email at:

Fatherhood Program address:  372 E. Center St., P.O. Box 779, Marion, Ohio  43301-0779.


  • The OHCAC Head Start is a free, developmentally appropriate preschool education and socialization program for income eligible 3, 4, and 5 year old children and their families.  Children with special needs are also eligible.  The program operates according to applicable Head Start and Ohio Department  of Jobs and Family Services  regulations. We strive to provide an environment where children feel safe and are encouraged to be active and creative explorers trying out their own ideas and thinking their own thoughts in areas that interest them.   The half day center option is available for children to attend a preschool classroom either in the morning or afternoon for 3 ½ hours Monday through Thursday.  Children attending the morning session are served an approved USDA breakfast. The afternoon session children receive lunch and a snack.  Our comprehensive program provides services to our families in the areas of Family Partnership, Transition, Education, Health and Nutrition, Intervention, Mental Health and Transportation. Our 28 classrooms enroll 910 children in the cities of Marion, Mt. Gilead, Mansfield, Shelby, Bucyrus and Galion located in Marion, Morrow, Richland and Crawford counties.


  • For enrollment information please contact the following County Offices:

Marion           740-387-1039 or 1-877-241-3427

Morrow          419-947-7045

Richland         419-589-3337 or 1-866-546-4315

Crawford        419-468-5121 or 1-800-854-4020


Please see the Family Income Guidelines for more information on what is needed for enrollment.