Ohio Works First

Ohio Works First (OWF) was established to provide time-limited cash assistance to eligible families through Ohio’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program which emphasizes employment, personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. Cash assistance is provided to eligible families for up to 36 months. For child only cases, there are no time limits. After a 36 month time-limit, cash assistance is not available unless the county department of Job and Family Services approves an extension. A family may apply for a hardship exemption at any time their 36 month time-limit has ended. A family may apply for a good cause extension after a 24 month waiting period following the 36 month time-limit. Each county develops its own policy for hardship and good cause. If application is made in Ashtabula County, the family must meet the Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services Hardship and Good Cause policies.

OWF Eligibility Requirements Include:
• A minor child in the assistance group or a pregnant woman in the third trimester of pregnancy
• Children must reside with a parent, specified relative, legal guardian or a legal custodian
• Unmarried minor parents and pregnant minors must be in an approved living arrangement as determined by ACDJFS
• Adults and minor heads-of-household must sign a self-sufficiency contract

There is no resource limit for OWF because resources are not used to determine eligibility.

Eligibility is determined by assistance group size and gross income.

To apply for cash and food stamp benefits, you must complete a face-to-face interview. the county will schedule that interview after you complete the application and mail it, fax it, or deliver it to the county agency. The face-to-face interview may be waived if you meet a hardship condition.