Crawford County Job and Family Services

Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services
Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services
Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services
Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services
Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services

Cash Assistance

There are two types of cash assistance available through Public Assistance.

Crawford County Cash Assistance

 

Ohio Works First temporary cash assistance (OWF), formerly called Aid to Family and Dependent Children, is a monthly cash grant for families with children or relatives caring for children. The cash grant amount is based on the number of people in your family and your family's income.

 

If you qualify, OWF will help you get job training, find employment and receive some benefits as long as you are working toward independently supporting yourself and your family.

 

It is important to note that OWF cash benefits are limited to thirty-six (36) months in a lifetime and do not have to be consecutive. OWF is a temporary tool to help you become independent.

 

Ohio’s Disability Financial Assistance (DFA) program is designed to give some financial support to disabiled individuals with little or no income while they wais for disability income from (Social Security, SSI, Worker’s Compensation, etc...) to be approved. This program also comes with medicaid.

 

If you are approved for DFA, you can receive up to $115 per month and you will also receive a Medicaid card which covers all Medicaid approved medical services. You will be required to sign form Authorization for Reimbursement of Interim Assistance Initial Payment.

 

Ohio Works First

To be eligible for benefits, all OWF adults and minor heads of households are required to participate in a self-sufficiency agreement and work activity assignments. Self-Sufficiency Contract non-compliance could result in a sanction.  Click the following link to learn more about work activities, participation requirements, and sanctions.

 

Could I be eligible?

To qualify for OWF, families must have at least one minor child or a pregnant woman must be in her 3rd trimester and meet income standards set by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

 

A minor child is an individual who has not attained the age of 18 or an individual who has not attained age 19 and is a full time student in secondary or vocational school.

 

The OWF Monthly Payment Standards are:

 


AG Size

Income Guideline

OWF Payment Standard

1

$ 479

$ 277

2

$ 647

$ 380

3

$ 814

$ 465

4

$ 982

$ 572

5

$ 1149

$ 671

6

$ 1317

$ 746

7

$ 1484

$ 834

8

$ 1652

$ 924

How do I apply?

Complete and submit an application in one of the following ways:

  • In person at agency during regular business hours (M-F 7:30 am – 4:00 pm)
  • Fax to agency at 419-562-1056
  • Mail to Crawford County JFS, 224 Norton Way, Bucyrus, OH 44820
  • Slip in drop box to east of front door (24/7)
  • Apply online through the State of Ohio – Online Benefit Application

 

What verifications are needed?

  • Proof of citizenship, or alien registration card/I-9
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of all income (employment, child support, disability, unemployment, etc)
  • Additional verifications may be requested or required

 

What happens after I submit my application?

  • You or your Authorized Representative are required to have a face-to-face appointment. Applicants are seen Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday 8 – 11 am & 1 – 3 pm. (no Wednesday appointments)
  • Special appointments can be arrangements if you are unable to come during regular business hours.
  • After your initial interview, an appointment to discuss your work activity assignment and self-sufficiency contract will be required.
  • Eligibility determination is required within 30 days of application.

 

What changes do I need to report?

If you do not tell your CDJFS about a change, you may not get all the benefits you are entitled to receive OR you may receive more benefits than you should. If you get help you shouldn’t have received, you may have to pay it back.

 

Cash Assistance Payment Method

 

Crawford County Ohio EPPICard Effective February 1, 2009, Cash Assistance recipients can choose to receive their benefits via the Ohio EPPICard™. The Ohio EPPICard™ is a MasterCard® debit card that can be used at MasterCard member banks, ATMs and any retailers that accept MasterCard. Clients can also choose to have their cash benefits direct deposited into their savings or checking accounts as well.

 

The EPPICard™ will be mailed to the current address we have listed in your case. Should you have any questions concerning your balance, or if you lost your card and need a replacement, please call: EPPICard™ Customer Service at 1-866-320-8822, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, or click here to access their website.

Disability Financial Assistance

Before you are approved for this program you must meet income and resource guidelines.  Once that eligibility is determined, you will be given an appointment with the Disibility Determination Unit.  This caseworker helps gather medical and employment history information.  You will be given medical forms to have your doctor complete.  If you do not have a doctor, we will provide you with a list of doctors who accept the Medicaid card or have a sliding scale fee based on income.

 

This program does not give cash assistance or medical assistance right away.  It can take up to 6 months or longer to be approved.

 

Depending on your circumstances medical can be backdated if you have unpaid medical bills three months prior to your application date.

 

Could I be eligible?

Eligible Individuals include:

  • Individuals who are disabled as determined by the ODJFS Disability Determination section; or
  • Individuals who were at least 60 years of age and in receipt of DFA in June 2003.

A family can not have resources that exceed $1,000. The maximum cash benefit is $115 per month for one person and $159 per month for two people.

 

How do I apply?

Complete and submit an application in one of the following ways:

  • In person at agency during regular business hours (M-F 7:30 am – 4:00 pm)
  • Fax to agency at 419-562-1056
  • Mail to Crawford County JFS, 224 Norton Way, Bucyrus, OH 44820
  • Slip in drop box to east of front door (24/7)
  • Apply online through the State of Ohio – Online Benefit Application
What verifications are needed?
  • Proof of citizenship, or alien registration card/I-9
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of all income (employment, child support, disability, unemployment, etc)
  • Medical history
  • Verification of application for Social Security Disability
  • Additional verifications may be requested or required
What happens after I submit my application?

Once all medical information is received, it is sent to Columbus where a board of doctors review your medical information. Upon completion of review, there will be one of three outcomes:

  • Approved - cash and medical benefits start effective date of application.
  • Deferred – more medical information is requested to determine you case. You will be contacted and asked to provide more or new medical information.
  • Denied – case closed as determined ineligible for Disability Assistance.