Cash Assistance


Recipients must work to qualify for time-limited support

Ohio Works First (OWF) provides cash assistance for a limited time to low-income families under the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program.

Work-First Philosophy

OWF is based on a “work-first” philosophy - that to be eligible for benefits, all able-bodied adults are expected to work. Those needing training or supportive services to improve their potential for employment may receive help through other services provided by the OhioMeansJobs Division of Clark County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS) and its partners.

To qualify for OWF, families must have at least one minor child or a pregnant woman must be in her 3rd trimester and meet income standards set by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.



Access an online application.

Bring the Following to Appointment

Help prevent delays in the approval process by bringing the following to your appointment:

  • Identification such as:
    • Driver's license
    • Social security card
    • Birth certificate
  • Current mortgage or rent verification
  • Current utility bills
  • Verification of the last 30 days of income

Time Limit for Assistance

Qualifying families may receive monthly assistance checks for a maximum of 36 months. At the end of 36 months, extensions may be granted by CCDJFS under certain circumstances.

After exhausting the 36 months of eligibility, a family must be off cash assistance for 24 months before trying to re-qualify. To receive assistance after this 24-month period, the family must provide proof of a catastrophic event that prevented them from remaining self-sufficient.

Over their lifetime, adults are limited to a total of 60 months of OWF cash assistance.