Lucas County Ohio public assistance.

A number of government assistance and benefits are available in Lucas County Ohio. The programs are focused on the working poor and low income that are struggling. While much of the aid is paid for by the federal government, administration of these resources are done locally at the County Department of Job & Family Services.

Food assistance programs can provide low cost or free food to the needy. Government support from SNAP and resources such as WIC can help the poor and low income in Lucas County buy food and groceries for their family. While resources are limited, the program was generally created in an effort to raise nutritional levels across Lucas County for low income families and women. The program can assist in the well-being of individuals in low-income households, including children and senior citizens.

Both individuals and families may be able to qualify. Eligibility will be based on criteria such as income levels, family size, total financial assets (such as savings and checking accounts, stocks and bonds etc) and other factors.

For people that are found to be qualified, they will be issued a so called Ohio Direction Card, which is similar to a debit card. Individuals can then shop at a local supermarket. When families use the debit card at the local grocery store, the purchase amount will be automatically deducted from their monthly subsidy. Most stores across Lucas County will accept it.

Employment services are available as part of the Lucas County Ohio Works First. Residents that are receiving food stamps or government public assistance can access services and training that will help them prepare and search for employment and build skills.

A resource known as Work Experience Program will help participants become familiar with standard. workplace expectations. Case managers will be assigned to them and help them gain the skills necessary to compete successfully in the labor market. WEP means that individuals will need to work without pay at a job-site in a public, private-non-profit or charity.




Subsidized Child Care may be available. Public aid can be used to help qualified families pay a portion of their costs. The parent needs to be low income and working or in training. Other conditions apply as well.

Lucas County Disability programs are offered by the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services. They adhere to all guidelines that were set by the federal government and the Equal Employment Opportunity Act. Not only can people get information on government benefits such as SSDI, but they can also use the support provided at Job and Family Services One-Stop Office (The Source) to get help with employment-related needs.

Among programs administered include installation of telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDDs), providing a sign language interpreter as needed for individuals with hearing impairments, the use of promotional programs, individual job-development activities, job fairs, and the centers will also offer referrals to other social service agencies in Lucas County that have resources for assisting persons with disabilities obtain employment.

The county will offer the disabled services that will ensure equal opportunity in employment. The agency will also determine occupational qualifications by assessing job, training, work experience, education, and interest. They will also offer vocational exploration and career counseling services. Some assistive technology and equipment may be available as well.

Non-Emergency Transportation Services are available in select parts of the county. For people that are on Medicaid, if their physician can verify a medical need, or if they do not have access to a vehicle, then they may be qualified for Non-Emergency Medicaid transportation program. This regional program may be able to help clients by providing a ride to and from their Ohio Medicaid providers. The phone number for this is 419-213-6363.





Medicaid is the main public funded health care program. It is administered and paid for by both the state and federal government. Health care assistance is offered for medically vulnerable and low-income people. In order to be found to be eligible for medical assistance from Medicaid, applicants need to have met certain financial requirements, be a US citizen, have a valid social security number, and meet other conditions.

Vouchers and limited funding is offered as part of Prevention, Retention and Contingency Benefits. It can assist low income employed families and the needy and help them move out of poverty and become self-sufficient over the long term. Any type of public aid provided by PRC is short term in nature and is not intended to meet ongoing financial needs.

Lucas County Department of Job & Family Services (LCDJFS) provides services such as temporary cash assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid, subsidized child care, adult protection, disability assistance and prevention, retention and contingency services.

TANF, or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, is a federal government funded program that was created in an effort to move clients into work and turn welfare into a program of temporary assistance. The program will reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage for Lucas County residents. There may also be cash grants provided in an effort to help needy families pay for their basic needs so that children can be cared for in their own homes.

The Lucas County Department of Job & Family Services is located at 3210 Monroe St., Toledo, Ohio 43606. (419) 213-8999.



By Jon McNamara

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