Ohio Works First

Ohio Works First was established to provide time-limited cash assistance to eligible families through Ohio's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program which emphasizes employment, personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. Applications are completed and processed at county departments of job and family services. Cash assistance is provided to eligible families for up to 36 months. For child-only cases, there are no time-limits for cash assistance.

In order to be eligible for OWF, a household must include the following:

  • A minor child or a pregnant woman at least 6 months pregnant
  • A child residing with a parent, specified relative, legal guardian or legal custodian
  • Unmarried minor parents and pregnant minors must be in an approved adult-supervised living arrangement

Adults and minor heads-of-household who apply for or receive benefits must sign a self-sufficiency contract and may be required to participate in a work activity to receive OWF. Failure to comply with the contract without good cause, can result in sanctions affecting the entire family.

You can file an application:

  • in person at our agency during regular business hours
  • by mailing or faxing a completed application

          Ohio Works First Application

What to bring to your appointment:

  • Proof of the last 30 days of income for everyone in your home to include pay stubs, child support, SSI, Social Security, etc.
  • Identification
  • Social Security Cards
  • Birth Certificates

We are required to determine eligibility within 30 days of your application.

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