Marion County

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.


  • Rapid Rehousing Ohio is an intervention with a Housing First approach that is a critical part of a community’s effective homeless crisis response system. Rapid re-housing rapidly connects families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing through a tailored package of assistance that may include the use of time-limited financial assistance and targeted supportive services. Rapid re-housing programs help families living on the streets or in emergency shelters solve the practical and immediate challenges to obtaining permanent housing while reducing the amount of time they experience homelessness and also linking them to community resources that enable them to achieve housing stability in the long-term. Further information can be obtained by calling 740-383-2154.


  • The Summer Reading Program provides individualized reading and mathematical assistance to Marion County grade school students over a six-week period during the summer.  The program works closely with Boys and Girls Club 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. Further information can be obtained by contacting staff at 740-383-2154.


  • 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


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


  • FREE TAX HELP NOW AVAILABLE IN MARION.  The Marian Clark Center will be preparing Federal and State Income Tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. We prepare them on Tuesdays from 10a-6p and should take roughly 30 minutes. We have 8 volunteers trained in basic, advanced, HAS, retirement, etc. The only returns we cannot process are cancellation of debt and farm income. Taxpayers must have a valid photo I.D. and social security card for themselves, spouses and dependents. For joint returns, both spouses must be present to sign required forms. All returns are electronically filed. Appointments are strongly encourage but walk-ins will be accepted. To schedule an appointment please call 740-383-2154 ext. 529. This service will be available from Mid-January to Early April.


  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in partnership with United Way provides rental assistance once in a rolling 12-month period and is available on a first come first serve basis. Funding is released periodically so contacting our local office at 740-383-2154 is the best option for determining when the funds are available. Funding is available to Marion County residents only and children are not a requirement. Household must be at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.


  • Personal Needs Pantry
  1. Services are available four times in a rolling 12-month period.
  2. Service Hours: Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 by Appointment Only
  3. Client must be at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  4. Must have Photo I.D. for all adult household members.
  5. Must have Social Security cards or Birth Certificates for all household members including minor children.
  6. Must have MOST RECENT 90 DAYS worth of Proof of Income for all household members including minor children.