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Financial Assistance

Could I be eligible?

Cash Assistance, or Ohio Works First (OWF)

Cash Assistance, or Ohio Works First (OWF), provides cash assistance for a limited time to low income families under the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. 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.

OWF is based on a "work first philosophy". To be eligible for benefits, all able-bodied adults are expected to participate in a federally approved work activity, which they will be assigned to during the application process.

Ohio Works First

How do I apply?
  • Complete and submit the following application: click here or apply online
  • In person at our agency during regular business hours (M-F 8:00 am-4:00 pm)
  • By mailing a completed application: FCJFS 239 W. Main St. Lancaster, OH 43130
  • By dropping a completed application in the agency drop box located in the front of our building, open 24 hours.
  • By faxing a completed application to 740-689-4848
What verifications are needed?
  • Proof of citizenship, or alien registration card/I-94
  • 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?
  • If you cannot come to an appointment during regular business hours, you will receive a telephone call to compelete an interview by telephone.
  • After your initial interview, an appointment to discuss your work activity assignment and self-sufficiency contract will be required.
We are required to determine eligibility within 30 days of your application.

For additional information on the cash assistance program please click here