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Food Assistance

The Food Assistance Program is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power, and to safeguard the health and well-being of individuals in low income households in Ohio. A household may consist of an individual or a group of individuals who live together and usually purchase, prepare, and eat their food together.

In order to qualify for the Food Assistance Program, households must meet several program specific requirements including income limits. All able-bodied adults are also required to participate in work program activities.

Click here to calculate your potential eligibility. To file an application online, click here.

Emergency Aid – Helping Families Overcome Barriers to Self-Sufficiency

PRC Work Supports

The Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) program helps employed low-income families overcome immediate barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. This program helps families meet needs required to accept a job offer or retain a job as well as emergency needs that, if not resolved, could threaten the health, safety or well-being of one or more household members. Contact 740-532-3324 if you have any questions.

PRC benefits are available throughout Ohio but vary from county to county based on local needs. Each county has a PRC plan that covers services and benefits available and eligibility criteria.

General services may be available to:
  • Household with minor child(ren)
  • Household income within the guidelines of
    200% Federal Poverty Level
  • Maximum cap of benefits within an 18 month time frame does exist
    and will vary depending on category of assitance services..
    Caps depend on category of services that you need assistance with
  • Limited non-custodial parents
  • Household’s without any sanctions or penalties applied to them
    from any federal programs

Some general services available are:
  • Rent, Mortgage and Deposits (Deposits are limited to subsidized
  • Utility payments (No heating assistance while the Home Energy
    Assistance Program is in effect)
  • Vehicle repairs for employment
  • Uniforms and required equipment for employment purposes

Child Care Assistance

Child Care Assistance is provided to eligible parents in order to keep Ohio's families engaged in work and training efforts while on the road to self-sufficiency. Child Care is the stabilizing force that contributes to skilled, healthy Ohioans, successful businesses and strong communities.

Subsidized Child Care is provided for eligible families to support the parents' work, education and training efforts. ODJFS develops and issues regulations to govern the program and eligibility is determined by Lawrence County Departments of Job and Family Services (LCDJFS). Eligibility is reviewed annually.

Families receiving this benefit must take their children to child care providers who are certified or child care providers that are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and under contract. The child care benefit is paid directly to the child care provider or center and families are expected to pay a part of the cost based on income and family size.

Click here to complete a child care application.

Cash Assistance

Ohio Works First (OWF) is the financial assistance portion of Ohio's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. OWF was established to provide time-limited assistance to eligible families.

OWF provides cash benefits to eligible needy families for up to 36 months. After 36 months, a family cannot receive additional cash assistance unless the Lawrence County Department of Job and Family Services (LCDJFS) approves an extension of benefits. The emphasis of OWF is self-sufficiency, personal responsibility and employment. To file an application online, click here.

Health Assistance/ Medicaid

The Medicaid program in Ohio provides medical coverage for certain qualifying individuals and families with limited income. To qualify for Medicaid a person must be a U.S. citizen or meet Medicaid citizenship requirements, be an Ohio resident, have or can obtain a Social Security number, and meet financial requirements.

Ohio Medicaid provides coverage to the following:
  • Children younger than age 19
  • Pregnant women
  • Families with children younger than age 19
  • Adults age 65 and older
  • People who are legally blind
  • People with disabilities

Health care services covered under Ohio's Medicaid
program include:

  • Most inpatient and outpatient hospital services
  • Most services of doctors, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists,
    and other licensed specialist
  • Certain prescription drugs
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures
  • Immunizations
  • Well-child visits
  • Care in a nursing facility
  • Mental health, alcohol, and drug-addiction services

Click here to file an application online.

Transportation Assistance

Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) is a statewide program administered by the County Department of Job & Family Services for Medicaid eligible customers. NET provides transportation to and from Medicaid providers. Under special circumstances, a gas card make be issued to participants who can use their car or friend or relative’s car for the transportation to the Medicaid appointment. You must give five working days notice. The Medicaid appointment must be within our “Medical Community” of Lawrence County. Under special circumstances, there can be travel outside the “Medical Community” of the tri-state area for services that are not available within Lawrence County.

To Be Eligible
  • You must have a current Medicaid card for the same month as
    your appointment
  • You must have met your spend-down for the month
  • Your appointment is for a service paid by Medicaid
  • You are pregnant and have applied for Medicaid.
  • You do not require ambulance or ambulance services or you
    are able to ride in a car or van
  • You have given a minimum of five working days notice of
     your appointment

Ohio Benefits Information Line

844-640-OHIO (6446)

Applicants & Recipients can call the above number to get the status of their Cash, Food and Medical Assistance Benefits.

Once individuals dial the number, choose your language; then select option 2 and enter zip code; then select option 1 and enter personal identifying information.

Once all information is entered, the individual can select an option to receive the status of benefits, the monthly issuance amount that is approved and sign up for text alerts, etc.

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