Emergency SNAP allotments to end this month
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is reminding Ohioans that emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allotments provided by the federal government will end at the end of February 2023. This is due to recent changes in federal legislation. These extra monthly payments were created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning in March 2023, recipients will receive only their normal monthly payment.
ODJFS continues with communicate with recipients, county agencies, and our partners such as foodbanks about this change with reminders that normal SNAP payment will resume in March. As this is a result of a federal change, there are no hearing rights or fair hearing benefits on the ending of the SNAP emergency allotments. Those in need should reach out to their local county department of Job and Family Services. While they are unable to change the ending of emergency allotments, they can help individuals better understand what programs and services they may be eligible for.
Recipients can manage their benefits by going to https://benefits.ohio.gov/ or by contacting their county Department of Job and Family Services (JFS).
Looking to apply for unemployment benefits? You can file online at https://unemployment.ohio.gov/ 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you don’t have a computer or internet access, you can apply by phone by calling 1- 877-644-6562 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ODJFS Creates New Hotline for Victims of Unemployment Identity Theft
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has established a new toll-free number for individuals to notify the agency if they believe their personal information was compromised and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim: (833) 658-0394. This number is staffed by 50 dedicated, cross-trained customer service representatives, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. One way victims have been discovering identity theft is by receiving an IRS 1099-G form for unemployment benefits that were never received.
The phone number complements a secure online portal ODJFS established last month to provide a direct way for victims to report identity theft. Individuals who believe their identity was stolen and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim can visit unemployment.ohio.gov, click on the “Report Identity Theft” button and follow the guidance for individuals. This includes three steps: 1. Complete the reporting form, 2. File your taxes with IRS guidance, and 3. Protect your identity.
Identity theft is a widespread national challenge. Many Ohioans have become victims, and their identities used to file fraudulent unemployment claims in both the traditional unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs. Last month, ODJFS issued 1.7 million 1099-G tax forms to individuals in whose names unemployment benefits were paid in 2020. Many of those individuals were never paid unemployment benefits and did not know their identity had been compromised until they received a 1099-G form
Looking for a job? Or looking to post a job opening? There are over 40,000 job postings on the JobSearch.Ohio.Gov website from 642 unique companies. We encourage individuals or employers to visit the website and apply for a position or post their job opportunities.
Looking for help with rent, mortgage, or water bills? The new Home Relief Grant program offers assistance to Ohioans who are behind on their rent, mortgage, and/or water bills. Local Community Action Agencies received the funding for this program to distribute to eligible tenants and homeowners through an application process. Eligibility is limited to residents at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and Community Action Agencies will start accepting applications for assistance on November 2, 2020. Those seeking assistance should contact their local Community Action Agency. You can find a list of local Community Action Agencies here: https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/home-relief-grant.html
For more information, check out this fact sheet about the Home Relief Grant program here: https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/pdf/10232020-home-relief-grant.pdf
Public Assistance Programs: To apply for, renew or update cash, food, medical or child care assistance, call 1-844-640-6446 or click to apply at www.benefits.ohio.gov. You can drop off documents in the drop box located at the main entrance on Fourth Street. (Please do not leave cash or checks in this box).
Child Support Enforcement: Customers may request services by calling the agency or visiting our website (forms available). Customers may also access the Ohio Child Support Customer Service Portal Web Portal to view and print payment information, and message a caseworker. You can make child support payments by credit/debit card at https://oh.smartchildsupport.com or by calling 1-888-965-2676. You can also send payments to Ohio CSPC, P.O. Box 182372, Columbus, OH 43218-2372, please make sure to include Case Name, Social Security Number, Case and Order Number.
Protective Services: Normal business hours, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and emergent on-call services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have questions about your case, please contact your caseworker by phone or email.
To report child abuse or neglect, call 419-282-5001 or the Ashland County Sheriff's Department.
Workforce and OhioMeansJobs Services: The OMJ resource room is open to the public. No appointment necessary. Call us to learn about our employment assistance services, 419-282-5000. See the LOCAL JOBS button on our main page. If you have internet access, search for jobs at www.ohiomeansjobs.com .
ASHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC WIFI HOTSPOTS: Ashland County Fairgrounds, Corner Park (W. Main St. & Claremont Ave.), Brookside Park Main Ball Diamond, Brookside Bandshell, Nankin (between church & ball field), Kendig Park in Hayesville, Ashland Public Library.
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