Welfare Application Instructions for Ohio



Application Instructions

To apply for TANF benefits in Ohio, candidates can print an application online (http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/interfind.asp?formnum=07200) or contact the local county office.. For a telephone directory, click here or call the TANF hotline at 614-466-6282.


Available Benefits

TANF benefits are figured based on individual state guidelines and dependent on factors such as family size, earned and unearned income, and housing expenses. The state of Ohio has a 60 month (5 year) cap on TANF benefits in the Ohio Works First program. The average TANF benefit for a family of three in 2010 was $434 per month. TANF benefits in Ohio are paid by check, direct deposit or EBT.


Am I Eligible?

In Ohio, TANF applicants must meet both the state and federal guidelines for the program. The federal government requires that individuals meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household, and report as required by the state. The federal guidelines have been built into each state.s program, as this is required in order for states to receive the block grants that fund TANF. Therefore, it is really only necessary that applicants be aware of and meet the requirements as outlined by the state of Ohio. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in Ohio, candidates must comply with the requirements of the Ohio Works First program. Namely, the household must include a child or a woman who six months pregnant, children must live in the home, and adults must sign a self-sufficiency contract.


General TANF information for Ohio

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally funded program that helps American families by providing benefits, both financial and otherwise, to help keep family units intact. TANF benefits, sometimes referred to as welfare benefits, are intended to supplement a family.s earned and unearned income and can be used to purchase clothing, food, medication, and pay for housing and utility costs, for example. On the federal level, the Office of Family Assistance, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees and funds the TANF program. State governments are responsible for designing and implementing their own welfare programs, including the determining eligibility, providing benefits, and distributing cash allotments. This page outlines the state requirements for TANF benefits. To learn more about the Federal TANF program and its requirements, click here. The state of Ohio administers Federal TANF benefits through the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family. To learn more about the Ohio Works First welfare program, click here.