Ohio public assistance.

Families in Ohio have access to public assistance which can provide individuals with the ability to receive emergency financial assistance. Most of the services focus on people facing a hardship. That can include the unemployed, seniors, disabled, and low income. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services administers several of the resources. Many are run in partnership with non-profits and other organizations, and the county contacts and programs are noted below.

Job programs - Ohio residents can get help finding a job, education, career counseling, or they can be placed into job training programs. Assistance offered can provide career advice, resume preparation or feedback, information on unemployment compensation, and tools to search job listings. Also meet with case managers to learn networking skills, and to acquire job interviewing skills.

A number of services can help Ohio individuals find their first, next or better job to increase their income. There are a number of public resources and services offered to families across the state. Some of the job resources offered include links to Apprenticeship Programs, Adult Basic Literacy Education, and other training.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services also administers a number of emergency financial assistance and grant programs. Some of the services that are available through the programs include housing, child care assistance, Medicaid, child support, Ohio Works First cash assistance, Prevention Retention and Contingency (PRC) services, and unemployment compensation. Case managers also partner with federal agencies to help people apply for public assistance, such as TANF or food stamps.




Financial assistance for child care is provided too. Qualified low income parents who are either in school or who are working can apply for help to pay their child care bills. They will need to contact their local Job and Family Services office. When you apply also ask about other public assistance programs.

In order to get help with child care costs, individuals must choose a licensed child care center, head start program, or some other type of school-age program. Grants can also be used to pay for a home provider (relative or non relative) or in-home aide that is certified by the CDJFS, so that is an added benefit. It is important to note that clients will still be required to pay for part of your child care, which is called a fee or co-payment. The amount that a client will need to pay is based on their family size, how many children that you have in child care, as well as their total household income. Click here.





Veterans can receive assistance too. Help is available to Ohioans as they achieve self sufficiency. There are many support services and resources offered throughout the state. Get short term help for paying expenses such as energy bills and rent, while at the same time build long term self-sufficiency.

One of the main public assistance programs is Ohio Works First. This can offer short term cash assistance to qualified families. The resources and funding are part of Ohio’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, or TANF. This service emphasizes employment, self-sufficiency, and the personal responsibility of participants.

Applications are both taken and processed at county departments of job and family services, so you need to call your local county social service office. Cash assistance is provided to eligible families for up to 36 month, with longer timeframes approved on an exception basis. Public funds can pay for food, medical costs, housing, rent, and other basic needs. For child-only cases of TANF, the state of Ohio has not set any limits on how long someone can receive cash for. Find more information on the cash assistance from Ohio Works First.

Ohio food assistance - The main goal of the Food Assistance program, formally known as food stamps, is to provide free high quality groceries and meals to raise the nutritional levels of state residents. The public program will in effect expand the buying power and to safeguard the health and well-being of all families and individuals who reside in low-income households in Ohio. A household is a very broad term, and it may consist of a group of individuals who live together or just one person. So food assistance is wide ranging.

Free or low cost medical and health care is provided by Ohio Medicaid. The main goal of this service is to provide affordable health care coverage to pregnant women, children, low income families, people with disabilities and seniors who have limited income or no other health insurance Many of the people served by Medicaid will be able to obtain medical care at no cost to them, which can save them a significant amount of money on their medical and prescription bills. However note that some residents of Ohio may need to pay monthly premiums or co-payments for certain services.




Once enrolled in Medicaid consumers gain insurance coverage for hospital care, doctor visits, well-child visits, long-term care, home health and more. The Office of Ohio Health Plans is responsible for administering the Medicaid and other public health care programs for Ohio families. If needed, find additional programs that can help with medical bills.

Ohio Children’s Buy-In (CBI) program helps people pay for their health insurance. The service allows lower income working families the ability to purchase public health care coverage for certain uninsured Ohio children who meet certain conditions, including they need to have special health needs or high health insurance premiums. The program is state government funded and is run by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Call Ohio Department of Job and Family Services at (800) 686-1556 to apply, details, or addresses of local offices.

Public Aid from Ohio Counties and Cities

Butler County

Cuyahoga County

Franklin County

Hamilton County

Lorain County

Lucas County

Montgomery County

Summit County




By Jon McNamara

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