Cash Assistance

Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) is the federal program that funds many cash assistance programs across Ohio. This program provides a monthly check to low-income families with minor children in their home.

Ohio Works First (OWF)

Ohio Works First is a program that offers time-limited financial assistance to Washington County residents. Families must contain a minor child in their home. 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. OWF is also available to pregnant women who are in their third trimester of pregnancy without any other minor children.

If you apply and are eligible a check will be mailed to you each month. These cash benefits are limited to thirty six (36) months. The amount you receive will depend on the number of eligible household members in your family as well as your household's income. Once this three-year time period is exhausted, a person is no longer eligible for OWF cash for two years. After two years off cash assistance, a family can reapply giving "Good Cause" as to why they should be granted an additional 24 months of cash assistance. After this, a person has used their 5 years (60 months) of cash assistance and can never receive this benefit again. There are certain circumstances where you may be able to receive additional cash assistance once your time limit has been exhausted. If this situation arises you can discuss your circumstances with a caseworker to learn more information.

If you qualify for cash assistance you will be required to sign a self-sufficiency contract. An agency caseworker will complete a Jobs Assessment Interview with you. You will be required to participate up to (40) hours per week in a work-related activity with our agency until you become self-sufficient and no longer need OWF cash assistance.

The OWF Cash Assistance monthly payment levels are shown below:

Eligible Recipients In A Family Cash Benefit Per Month
1 $259
2 $355
3 $434
4 $536
5 $627
6 $698
7 $780
8 $864
9 $951
10 $1037

When you apply you will need to bring some verifications with you to complete the application process. Typically these verifications include:

  • Your Social Security Card
  • Proof of age and citizenship
  • Proof of assets (bank accounts, etc.)
  • Proof of any child support benefits
  • Proof of disability (if applicable)

To apply for Ohio Works First (OWF) Cash Assistance please click here

Disability Cash Assistance

Ohio's disability cash assistance program is a 'safety net' for needy individuals who do not meet all of the eligibility requirements necessary to receive help from other federal and state benefit programs, such as Supplemental Security Income and Ohio Works First.  Eligibility is determined by county departments of job and family services based on Ohio Administrative Code rules.

Eligible individuals are:

Individuals who are disabled as determined by the ODJFS Disability Determination section Individuals who were at least 60 years of age and in receipt of Disability Cash Assistance in June 2003

In order to receive assistance, the individuals or family must meet all eligibility requirements including income and resource criteria. For example, regardless of its' size, 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.

To apply for Disability Cash Assistance please click here