The Open Shelter Columbus

1037 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206

614-222-2885 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Day shelter, drop in center

General Information:
24-hour emergency walk-in shelter Day shelter, drop in center that provides a legal mailing address, food pantry, clothing room, and access to telephone, copier, and fax machine. bag Lunches are prepared and delivered by the dedicated volunteer groups who have been part of our meals program for years. On a daily basis, meals are provided to 100 people. - Lunches are prepared off-site and transported by dedicated volunteers. On a daily basis, meal groups provide lunches for 100 people. - Dinners are also prepared off-site, transported and served by dedicated volunteer groups. Meals are served on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings through Broad Street United Methodist Church - To make arranges to provide meals, please contact Harry Yeprem during regular business hours Financial Management Services include: - Individualized Safety Bank Club savings and financial management accounts - SSI Payeeship Program, assisting homeless and recently homeless persons needing third party money management for Federal Entitlements. The Program assumes this responsibility until a permanent fiduciary agent and support system is in place - Entitlement Coordination assists homeless persons applying for disability benefits Housing Options Services including: - Advocacy and Assistance securing Supportive Housing - Advocacy and Assistance securing Public (Subsidized) Housing - Landlord/Tenant Mediation and Advocacy - Advocacy and referral for Shelter Access - Advocacy and Referral for AOD and Mental Health residential treatment.


Helpful Definitions For The Open Shelter Columbus:
Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.

Day Shelters supplement homeless and low-income people when the shelter their staying in only offers shelter on an overnight basis. Case management is often provided and sometimes there are laundry and shower facilities.  Meals and basic hygiene may also be offered.  Almost all day shelters provide their services free of charge. Any emergency or homeless shelter that allows clients to stay during the day is also classified under this category.

How To Volunteer at The Open Shelter Columbus:
Be a volunteer. Call The Open Shelter Columbus at 614-222-2885 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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