Jewish emergency financial services of the greater Cincinnati region.

Services from the Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati are extensive. Low income families across the metro region may be able to receive referrals or other support. While some programs are available to anyone that meets low income levels, other are focused on the Jewish faith.

Emergency assistance is available across Hamilton, Butler, Kenton and Boone Counties.  A focus of their programs is on helping the elderly and preventing homeless. So this means some rent assistance may be offered or a security deposit for those that are currently homeless. Any financial aid is very limited and is focused on a crisis situation.

Other examples of what Jewish Family Service may be able to help with includes emergency funds to pay a portion of a past due utility or heating bill. There can be vouchers to help people buy necessary medicine or maybe to contribute towards a lifesaving medical treatment that may save a life. While there may be other needs met as well, in some cases, a zero percent loan may be used. This can be to pay for a car repair or maybe back rent that is due to a landlord.

Professional Case Management from Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati helps to address self-reliance, independence, employment and general re-engagement with the community at large. This is available in the region, including Hamilton and Butler County.

Staff help low income and struggling families understand and navigate the often complex system of government benefits and private programs. Get advice and help in applying for medical care, low income housing, supplemental income, mental health care, food stamps and more. Without the assistance of a highly trained case manager, many qualified people are sometimes unfairly denied benefits. Or they may not even know what Ohio or Kentucky programs to apply for.

Support may include referral to Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services, JFS Counseling or Senior Adult Programs, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), Free Legal Aid, and a variety of  other non-profit resources in the community.

Homeless assistance is available. They partner with the United Way and other non-profit and government agencies. Assistance is for residents who are at imminent risk for homelessness. Jewish Services often takes part in different HUD programs such as the Shelter Diversion Program or the Strategies to End Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing. While some emergency rental or deposit funds may be issued, the major focus is on case management for homeless or recently evicted clients. Call 513-469-1188.




A food pantry is run by Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati. It has both non-kosher as well as non-kosher food items. Other goods that may be passed out to needy families includes fresh produce, personal hygiene items, and maybe items such as clothing to the Greater Cincinnati area.

Get information on the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program, or OSHIIP. The Cincinnati Jewish Family Service can provide Medicare counseling, applications and information to seniors and the elderly. They are one of the few local non-profits to offer this service in the region. They partner with the Ohio Department of Insurance on this project.

Professional geriatric case managers that are part of Jewish Family Service help older adults, senior citizens and their caregivers. Clients can learn about the complex maze of elderly care and what benefits to apply for and what is covered. Topics addressed include.

  • The various Medicare prescription drug plans.
  • Obtaining health coverage or insurance for seniors and for people under 65 with disabilities.
  • Medicare supplemental insurance.
  • The federal government Medicare Advantage Plans, including PPOs and HMOs.
  • Medical bill and other financial assistance programs for uninsured and people with limited incomes.
  • Long-term care insurance along with home health care coverage services.

A focus of Jewish Family Services is on helping seniors in the community, including Hamilton and Kenton County in the metro area. Care managers from the agency address a broad range of assistance programs and social services for the elderly, in particular those with a low income.

In addition to the Medicare assistance programs above, staff from the agency can assist with other health insurance applications, Social Security disability benefits, and more. They also arrange for in-home services; help determine appropriate living arrangements; manage bill payments and are trained to recognize early warning signs of medical problems.




Caregivers can get support as well. Staff and volunteers are prepared to help ease the persons burden and help them find solutions to any challenges. They can provide Educational programs on care issues, Personal support, stress reduction, and counseling, help with coordination, and offer intervention. Other resources offered include information, referrals and guidance, Respite Care, and support for grief loss. Some fees may be due in some cases. Call 513-469-1188.

The main location of Jewish Family Services is 3113 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220. Call 1 800 458 6233.

By Jon McNamara

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