Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), also known as Ohio Works First (OWF) or cash assistance, provides temporary cash benefits to qualifying families while the adults of the family prepare for and search for employment.
The TANF program is a work program. Families receive assistance by spending a minimum of 25-35 hour per week (depending on circumstances) working, in school, or and assigned work activity.
Families may be eligible to receive benefits for up to 36 months, sometimes non-consecutively, while families work towards self-sufficiency.
Benefits are distributed through the EPPIcard which can be used like a debit card or through direct deposit into an individual bank account.
Eligibility is based on the family's income and the number of people living in the household.
Assistance groups are not eligible if they include an adult who:
Other Individuals who are not eligible include:
There are many ways to apply for TANF benefits. You may apply online at Benefits.Ohio.Gov, calling 1-866-635-3748 (follow the prompts for food assistance) or by filling out the Request for Cash, Food and Medical Assistance form (JFS 7200) and submitting it to your Clinton County Job and Family Services, Family Support Unit. Applications are accepted in-person during normal business hours Monday-Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm. Applications may also be submitted by mail, email or at the drop box located outside of the Job and Family Services Building.