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How to Receive Welfare Benefits in Ohio

by Mike Andrews

Welfare benefits in Ohio include food stamps, Medicaid, childcare vouchers, disability assistance and other forms of financial assistance. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the agency that administers welfare benefits in Ohio, also provide some job training and job search assistance to qualified applicants. The eligibility criteria for welfare benefits vary from program to program; for instance, applicants who qualify for food stamps do not always qualify for Medicaid as well. You can apply for just one benefit or you can apply for several benefits, depending on your needs.

Obtain an application for benefits. You can download an application from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services web site (see Resources), or you can pick one up at any Ohio Department of Job and Family Services office.

Fill out the application. You must complete some sections regardless of what benefits you want to receive, but other sections only apply if you are requesting certain types of assistance. If you need help completing the application, ask for assistance at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services office in the county in which you live.

Gather the necessary documentation. The required documentation will vary, depending on what type of assistance you apply for. Your application will list the documents required. You will need things like your Social Security card, driver's license, proof of any income and proof of how much you pay each month for rent and utilities. If you need help getting any of the required documents, ask for assistance at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services office in the county in which you live.

Return your application to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services office in the county in which you live. Provide copies of all the required documentation along with your application.You can mail or fax your application and supporting documents or drop them off in person.

Attend a face-the-face meeting with a caseworker when scheduled. Once your paperwork has been processed, you will be contacted by a caseworker, who will schedule a meeting with you. The caseworker will let you know if you need to provide any additional documentation, what benefits you qualify for, and how and when you will begin receiving your benefits.

Tip

  • If you aren't sure if you qualify for benefits but need assistance, apply anyway. Because the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services considers many factors in determining eligibility, the easiest way to find out if you qualify for benefits is to submit an application.

About the Author

Mike Andrews is a freelance writer and serial entrepreneur focused on small-business and entrepreneurship for average people. He holds a bachelor's degree in biblical studies and a master's degree in theology and has appeared in a wide array of print and online periodicals including "HiCall," "Mature Living" and "Caregivers Home Companion."

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