The RAFT program was set up to help with rental deposits and down payment assistance. It is a wonderful non-profit organization that shoul dbe able to help you. They do have limited amount of funds so you have to apply and they sift through the applications and make a decision based upon who qualifies. It takes 3-6 weeks.
RCap Solutions is also a national program that offers similar programs and similar application process.
Community Development Finance Fund received a $2,025,800 grant to provide community-based nonprofit development organizations with access to low-interest, long-term financing for housing, economic development and commercial projects that revitalize low- and moderate-income communities. As a result of this project, approximately 350 persons will be assisted, 40 jobs will be created, 100 rental housing units will be constructed and 10 businesses will be assisted (2008). Contact: (614) 221-1114
Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)received a $137,500 grant to administer the Preserving Ohio's Affordable Housing (POAH) Project and the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP). Through the POAH Project, COHHIO will conduct tenant outreach to ensure reisents in at-risk properties are informed of their rights, and have access to a toll-free hotline and appropriate housing, maintain a toll-free hotline to answer related questions, distribute a monthly newsletter to stakeholders/subscribers, and present fair housing updates and information at 12 workshops and to 100 individuals. Through the YEP, COHHIO will provide outreach to and coordinate with 325 homeless youth, ages 18-21, as well as service providers in order to identify issues and build community resources for this popuation, and develop six new programs/services to meet the needs of homeless youth (2008). Contact: (614) 280-1984
Community Shelter Boardreceived a $333,900 grant to provide 325 families consisting of 1,170 persons with intensive, home-based case management for up to six months; supportive services, housing referrals and advocacy services based on a comprehensive family need assessment; and financial assistance for housing-related expenses to help families maintain or obtain housing. The targeted families will include at least one dependent child and have incomes at or below 200 percent of the poverty level (2008). Contact: (614) 221-9195
Homes on the Hill Community Development Corporation received a $150,000 grant to provide downpayment assistance and homebuyer counseling to households with incomes at or below 65 percent of the area median income. The downpayment assistance program will assist 40 households consisting of 80 persons and the homebuyer counseling program will assist 300 households consisting of 600 persons (2008). Contact: (614) 275-4663
Community Housing Network, Incorporated received a $225,000 grant to provide emergency rent and utility payments to prevent eviction and utility disconnections; provide security deposits/first month's rent to establish housing; and provide permanent supportive housing. The emergency rent/utility payment program will assist 70 households consisting of 90 individuals; the security deposit/first month's rent program will assist 70 households consisting of 90 persons; and the permanent supportive housing program will assist 82 households consisting of 112 persons. All households served will include a person suffering from a disability and substance abuse and/or a mental illness and with incomes at or below 35 percent of the area median income (2008). Contact: (614) 251-1700
Community Shelter Board received a $503,000 grant to provide security deposits/first month's rent to help homeless persons establish housing and direct housing assistance to homeless families with children. The security deposit/first month's rent program will assist 1,005 households consisting of 2,111 persons and the direct housing assistance will assist 243 households consisting of 875 persons. All households assisted will have incomes at or below 35 percent of the area median income (2008). Contact: (614) 221-9195