Assistance Program Descriptions:
To be eligible for cash assistance, there must be a child under the age or 19 living in the household. Families must meet all of the program eligibility requirements including specific income guidelines. Families must also cooperate with mandatory OWF work requirements, Child Support orders and other activities identified within the family's Self Sufficiency Plan.
Ohio Works First (OWF)
The objective of the Ohio Works First Program is to assist people in becoming self sufficient and to take responsibility for the lives and well being of their family. All families receiving Ohio Works First benefits have work requirements they must meet in order to receive those benefits. All participants are evaluated to determine their employability. Participants not currently employed are required to take part in approved work activities. Adults with certain disabilities may be required to perform developmental or alternative work activities.
Food Assistance is available to families and individuals to help supplement their ability to purchase food and improve their nutrition. Income and resource documentation must be provided to determine the level of food assistance the family or individual is eligible to receive. Benefits are issued electronically via the Ohio Direction Card which is accepted at most grocery stores across the state.
Medical Assistance (Medicaid, HealthChek, Healthy Start)
Families and individuals must meet income and resource eligibility criteria to qualify for Medicaid Health coverage. For more detailed information about Medicaid, click here: http://jfs.ohio.gov/OHP HealthCheck and Healthy Start are Medicaid programs specifically for infants and children and can be used for preventative and diagnostic medical purposes.
The Affordable Care Act requires that most people must have health coverage or pay a fee (aka: the "individual shared responsibility payment"). However, you may be eligible get an exemption in certain cases. Click here for more details: https://www.healthcare.gov/exemptions/
Child Care Payment Assistance
Assistance paying for Child Care fees is available for working parents or for those currently enrolled in an educational or training program. Eligibility and level of assistance is based on household income. Selection and availability of the Child Care Provider is the responsibility of the parent.