Are you behind on rent or facing an eviction? 

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging may be able to help. Limited funding is available to provide emergency rental assistance to qualifying older adults in Franklin County. Assistance is subject to change based on availability of funds.

Please call 800-589-7277 and leave your name and phone number. If you have received a three-day notice or eviction notice from your landlord, please say so in your message.

For additional information and resources, visit  


Franklin County’s 2022 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was first observed on June 15, 2006 with the purpose to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. Source: National Center on Elder Abuse,

Each year, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging presents a one-day conference for professionals on topics concerning elder abuse and neglect.

The 2022 conference was held on June 10 and was presented virtually.  Click here to watch a recording of the 2022 WEAAD virtual conference.

Participating presenters and agencies in the 2022 conference were:

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA)


Franklin County Adult Protective Services 


COAAA publishes resource guides that cover information on a variety of important topics. These helpful guides are updated annually and offer information about local agencies and organizations that provide services of interest to older adults and caregivers. Guides can be downloaded or ordered free of charge from COAAA.


The Older Adults Resource Guide includes contact information and resources for a wide range of services available to central Ohioans, including crisis and mental health services, consumer advocacy and legal services, family supports, and even pet supports.

If you’re not finding exactly what you need on our website, we can still point you in the right direction. Call COAAA at 1-800-589-7277 if you need information about other available resources.

Assistance in Selecting a Nursing Home - Nursing Home Compare

On you can a obtain a free copy of "A Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home." You can search their site to obtain and compare nursing home information from all parts of the country, including their performance at their last Medicare state survey.

Resolving Problems in Nursing Homes

Every nursing home should have a complaint procedure policy. If you have concerns or complaints, ask about the policy and follow the organization's procedures.

If you are still uncomfortable with the situation, you should start with the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. If you have urgent care or safety issues, contact the Ohio Department of Health.

COAAA Long-Term Care Ombudsman
(614)221-5891 or (800)536-5891
( Operated by Easter Seals under contract with the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.) The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is empowered by both federal and state government to advocate for residents of adult care facilities, and nursing homes.

State Licensing/Certification Agency
Ohio Department of Health
800-342-0553 (nursing home complaint hotline)
TTY 614-752-6490
Ohio Nursing Home Complaints

Ohio State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Ohio Department of Aging
50 West Broad Street, 9th Fl.
Columbus, OH 43215-5928

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-term Care

HOME Choice

Ohio's HOME Choice program transitions eligible Ohioans from institutional settings to home and community-based settings, where they receive services and supports at home and in their communities.

Established in 2008 with a goal of transitioning 2,000 Ohioans, the program has become a national leader in moving people back home.  As of July 1, 2019, more than 13,000 people have enjoyed a new-found independence through HOME Choice.

Who is eligible to participate?

To be eligible for HOME Choice an individual must:

  • Be enrolled in Medicaid
  • Have resided in a long-term care facility for at least 90 consecutive days
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have income to sustain community living
  • Participate in a needs assessment have a need for the program
  • Have care needs that can be adequately met in a community setting

How do I learn more and apply?

Individuals and family members/guardian will work with the long-term care facility and HOME Choice transition staff to apply, discuss and coordinate services and supports.

Questions about HOME Choice?

Call 1-888-221-1560 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HOME Choice Webpage:

HOME Choice Fact Sheet




Nesterly Central Ohio is dedicated to building personal connections and increasing access to affordable housing through homesharing. Nesterly's secure technology makes it safe and convenient for homeowners to rent a spare room to a student, a young professional, and others interested in lower cost, longer term living options.

Nesterly's homesharing platform helps housemates connect over common interests and facilitates the ability to exchange a portion of rental payments for help with grocery shopping, dog walking, yard work, tech support, and more. 

Homesharing through Nesterly is not intended for short-term rentals of less than one month. In Central Ohio the average length of stay is 180 days, and about 1/3 of our homeshare agreements have taken advantage of the task exchange feature for rent reduction.

Nesterly launched in Boston in 2017 and selected Columbus as its first expansion city in early 2019. Nesterly Central Ohio has been bringing together hosts and guests since the autumn of 2019. You can browse current local homeshare listings here or review Nesterly’s Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

Nesterly Central Ohio takes safety very seriously. Safety considerations include a multi-step screening process prior to matching, background checks for hosts and guests, and automated payments that are processed securely through the platform.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Frances Krumholtz, COAAA’s local homesharing coordinator at 614-645-3646 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nesterly was founded by Noelle Marcus at MIT to tackle two big challenges: housing affordability and aging in place. Since then, Nesterly has won over a dozen awards and has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, Fast Company, The Atlantic, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, PBS Newshour, and NPR’s Marketplace as well as news outlets in Spain, France, China, Argentina, Mexico, and Japan. Locally, Nesterly Central Ohio has been covered by WOSU, ABC6, Daytime Columbus, Clintonville Spotlight, NBC4, and more.