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 Marian Clark Center 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.


  • Home Delivered Meals are available to homebound seniors in Marion County on a limited basis based on funding availability.  Although there is often a waiting list to receive assistance, interested seniors should contact the Marian Clark Center at 740-375-0202 to receive information regarding the delivery service.   Meals are delivered between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm daily excluding weekends and scheduled holidays.  Meals are prepared for the program through a contract with the Marion General Hospital.  Donations for the home delivered meals are accepted to support the program.  These meals are paid for by the Marion County Council on Aging Levy.


  • The Summer Reading Program provides individualized reading and mathematical assistance to Marion County grade school students over a six-week period during the months of June and July.  The program works closely with Marion City Schools and provides a safe, wholesome summer educational experience.  Further information may be obtained by contacting center staff at the Marian Clark Center.


  • The United Community Rx Program is a unique collaborative program in Marion County.  The program, which is funded by the Marion Community Foundation, United Way of Marion County and the Community Services Block Grant, assists Marion residents to obtain prescriptions in an affordable manner for immediate and ongoing needs.  For the convenience of program participants the assistance office is located in the Smith Clinic at 1040 Delaware Avenue in Marion.  Further information can be obtained by contacting staff at 1-740-383-7716.


  • 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.


  • FREE TAX HELP NOW AVAILABLE IN MARION.  Community Action Organization will kick-off the tax season at the Ohio Heartland Community Action located at 1183 Bellefontaine Ave starting in Mid January on Tuesdays from 11:00-7:00.Taxpayers must have a valid photo ID and social security cards for themselves, spouses, and dependents.  For joint returns, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.  All returns are electronically filed for federal and state tax returns.  Appointments are strongly encouraged but walk-ins will be accepted.  To schedule an appointment, please call Community Action at 740-383-2154.  This service will be available every Tuesday from Mid January to Mid April so please call to schedule your appointment today!

This year the Marian Clark Center will be preparing Income Taxes through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)  It is FREE and takes less than 30 minutes.  We prepare them on Tuesdays 10-6 pm.  We have 8 volunteers trained in basic, advanced,  HSA, retirement, etc.  The only returns we cannot process are cancellation of debit and farm income.  Please call 740-383-2154 X 529 to make an appointment.