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Homeless Concerns

Have you ever come across a homeless individual and felt helpless because you didn't know the best way to get them help? We understand, which is why we have compiled a list of resources and organizations that can help point you in the right direction.

Additional Resource Directories

As of February 1, 2019

Community Shelter Board

Community Shelter Board

355 E. Campus View Blvd., Suite 250, Columbus, Ohio 43235-5616

Phone: 614-221-9195   Fax: 614-221-9199

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

"Bringing together diverse organizations to work together as an efficient system that provides safe shelter and quick access to housing for men, women and families experiencing homelessness."

HandsOn Central Ohio

1105 E. Schrock Road, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43229

Phone: 614-221-6766   Fax: 614-224-6866

Email: [email protected]

"HandsOn is Central Ohio’s Leader in providing Information, Resource Referral, and Community Data Insights that serve residents of a Smart City in a growing region."

Far East Neighborhood Pride Center

Center Manager : Lynne LaCour

2500 Park Cresent Drive, Columbus, OH 43232

Phone: 614-724-0100   Fax: 614-724-0111

Email: [email protected]

"The Neighborhood Liaisons are a team of advocates created to work across department lines to get results for resident requests, problems and questions."

Homeless/Panhandlers History

At Brice Rd. & I-70:

  • 10/9/08: Routine individuals claiming to be homeless have been cited for panhandling and CPD continues to watch them. If you find that an individual is panhandling in a particular area, please do not call the CPD dispatch, but rather contact Officer Poole or myself directly so that the issue can be looked into with more depth.
  • Previous: Some of the individuals who have been witnessed standing on the on & exit ramps of I-70 at Brice, were found to be living in either the boarded up Chi-Chi's or the Bob Evans. Police have taken the appropriate measure to ensure that the property was secured and that any individual(s) who were not supposed to be in the vacant building were removed. 
  • Although individuals have been seen with signs reading "will work for food", there have been instances where food has been given to them only for it to be thrown on the ground after the person drives away. The best thing that you can do is if you run across someone who is claiming to be homeless, please let myself or Officer Poole know so that individual can be redirected to the nearest shelter. There is no reason that any homeless person should be standing on any corner. There are plenty of resources in the city of Columbus for them to receive the care and food that they need.
  • I have many copies of the areas Homeless Shelter Guide if anyone should like a copy.