Family & Workforce Development offers assistance with finding employment as well as helping eligible individuals with Medicaid, food stamps, cash assistance, and child care needs. Needs that we are unable to fulfill within the Family & Workforce Development Unit are referred to other available community resources. It is the goal of the Family and Workforce Department to help each family attain family stability.
Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)
The Food Assistance Program - formerly called food stamps and known nationally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - helps eligible low-income Ohioans stretch their food budgets and buy healthy food.
You may qualify for benefits if your household's gross monthly income is at or under 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. These guidelines change yearly; you can find the current figures at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.cfm
You can find information about applying for SNAP benefits at the following websites:Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)
ODJFS Food Assistance Fact Sheet
Ohio Benefits online applications
USDA Prohibits Discrimination
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or political beliefs. For more information or to file a complaint of discrimination: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome or write to:
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Health Care Coverage
Free or low cost health care coverage for your children or for your entire family is available for those who qualify through the Healthy Start / Healthy Families Program.
Medicaid for the aged, blind, disabled, pregnant women, children and families is available for eligible individuals.
In addition, help can be extended in paying the cost of nursing home care and child care expenses.
Applications are available upon request so determination of eligibility can be explored.
Fraud UnitFamily & Workforce Development actively pursues collection of payments issued to a participant in error. The Fraud Unit investigates taxpayer complaints
OhioMeansJobs - Erie CountyAre you looking for employment in Erie County? OhioMeansJob is the external website which not only allows job seekers to search for employment, but also provides valuable employment information. We can help you find employment if you are unemployed or under-employed. We assist customers in navigating the Internet, creating resumes, completing job applications, and preparing for interviews.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program is able to assist customers to obtain employment by helping with funding training to obtain a marketable skill for an in-demand occupation. Occupations include: Heavy Tractor-Trailor Truck Drivers, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Assistant, Business Office Specialist and more. If you are determined eligible and appropriate for this program, funding will include: tuition, books, fees, supplies, and uniforms.
The Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) program is able to assist eligible customers with short-term training under $1,500, uniforms and supplies for training or employment, transportation, and/or rent assistance.
Comprehensive Case Management & Employment Program (CCMEP) is a program targeted at customers aged 14 - 24 whom have a barrier and need additional assistance in becoming self-sufficient.
Ohio Works First (OWF) is cash assistance for eligible clients. This program requires a work component and cooperation with child support.
Publically Funded Daycare is available to assist eligible clients with daycare costs for a qualifying activity. The initial income guideline is the 130% federal poverty level.