Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission Emergency Shelter

Contact Information:

1933 E 2nd Street
Defiance, OH 43512
(419) 784-5136

About this Shelter

Emergency Shelter
Shelter services are provided to homeless persons and families in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties. Funding is provided by the Ohio Developmental Services Agency, Office of Community Development.

A maximum of 20 homeless persons can be provided emergency shelter at any one time. Shelter services are provided for up to 60 days. Men, women, children, and families are all accepted. While in shelter, a case manager works closely with the individual or family to identify and work towards the goal of achieving independent housing. Assistance and referrals are provided to address issues such as employment, mental health, budgeting, and access to community resources as well as nutrition, health, and transportation.


Referrals Emergency Financial Assistance Outreach Services.

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission provides a wide array of programs to low-income residents of Northwestern Ohio. NOCAC is committed to helping clients succeed in becoming self-sufficient members of their communities through the services that we provide.

The NOCAC Emergency Shelter is located at 1939 E. Second St. in the Richland Place Building in Defiance. Housing services are provided to homeless persons and families in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties. Funding is provided by the Ohio Department of Development Office of Community Development.

A maximum of 20 homeless persons can be provided emergency shelter at any one time. Shelter services are provided for up to 45 days. Men, women, children, and families are all accepted. While in shelter, a case manager works closely with the individual or family to identify and work towards the goal of achieving independent housing. Assistance and referrals are provided to address issues such as employment, mental health, budgeting, and access to community resources as well as nutrition, health, and transportation.
Once housing is established, the dedicated staff at the PATH Center (Partnership Assistance to the Homeless) provides on-going case management to families and individuals for up to 2 years with the goal of preventing repeated homelessness.

Soup Kitchen/Drop-In Center
The PATH (Partnership Assistance to the Homeless) Center, located at 1939 E. Second St. in the Richland Place Building in Defiance, is a soup kitchen/drop-in center. The program focuses on serving homeless persons, those with severe mental disabilities, or those who have food or nutritional needs but all are welcome. A hot nutritious meal is served each weekday at noon. Weekend and holiday meals are served at 11:30am.

The PATH Center Provides:
Friendship and Socialization
FREE nutritious meals
USDA Food Commodity Distribution for Defiance residents
Referral information for area social service agencies and community support
Games and activities
Guest speakers providing educational opportunities
Free bread and bakery items (as supplies last)
Morning coffee, juice, and rolls



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