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As the employees of the Athens County Department of Job & Family Services, we have been charged with the most serious and important responsibility in government, that of helping our fellow citizens who experience the despair of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and ill health. We believe that our programs represent the conscience of society and that our strength lies in seeking a decent life for all.

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Recent Updates


Reentry Task Force says Ohio's automatic license suspension law is ineffective

It is time for Ohio to join the majority of the nation and end a 25-year-old tradition of temporarily suspending a driver’s license for drug offenses that don’t involve a vehicle. Time has shown the practice doesn't work. Even worse, it causes far more harm than good.


Reentry Task Force supports state's fair-hiring policy, but we can still do more

The Athens County Reentry Task Force applauds the state’s decision to remove the question on some public sector job applications that asks candidates about their criminal history.


Elder exploitation expert to speak at Elder Abuse Awareness Day

To commemorate Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Athens County, an expert on elder exploitation will be speaking at the Athens Community Center on Monday, June 15, 10 a.m., to educate the community on the signs of elder abuse and exploitation and what you can do to help.


New director

The Athens County Commissioners have selected Bob Gallagher to serve as the next executive director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services. He will begin his duties on Jan. 1.


2014 Agency Annual Report

This year has been a mix of positive changes and those that are less desirable for Ohio’s safety net. Read all about them in the agency's 2014 Annual Report.


Ohio woman kicked off welfare for not reporting she was in a coma

Advocates for the poor in Ohio say that a several-year-old effort to impose strict work requirements on state welfare and food stamp recipients has led to thousands of families losing aid.


Ohio S.B. 382 will improve the lives of poor non-custodial parents

Ohio’s Senate Bill 382 would, for the first time, guarantee a standard of living of at least the poverty level for non-custodial parents. Jack Frech, our Director, voiced his support for this Senate Bill in a letter sent to every Ohio senator last week, with the request that the same provision be extended to the children and their caretakers.


Campaign shines spotlight on poor during holidays

Members of the faith community have joined housing and human-services advocates in showing the toll the "low-wage economy" is having on individuals and families across the state, according to a press release. The new effort can be found at


Bus route expansion to include Chauncey, Rt. 13

An Athens city bus route expansion, made possible through a state grant and matching dollars from our agency and the city of Athens, will for the first time offer regular public transit in the village of Chauncey and along Route 13, further connecting riders to an already robust public transit system.


Comments on Ohio's 2014 TANF plan

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has submitted its 2015 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) plan to the federal government. The plan is in its public comment period until late August. The Athens County Department of Job and Family Services submitted comments to ODJFS relative to that plan. .


More Ohioans turning to food pantries, study shows

More than 1 in 6 Ohioans — more than 2 million people — don’t have enough to eat and turn to pantries for food each year, according to a new report, “Hunger in Ohio 2014.” The study, released yesterday by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, showed a 40 percent jump in the number of people seeking help from four years ago.


Advocates say food stamps work requirements violate Civil Rights Act

Several poverty advocacy organizations challenged the Kasich administration's move to restrict access to food stamps in most Ohio counties, saying it disproportionately affected poor minorities. Find the full complaint here.


Editorial: Streamlining delivery of human services is critical for Ohio's poor

An editorial from the Cleveland Plain Dealer states that Ohio's range of welfare programs resembles a row of silos. Each caches valuable services. But each stands alone. Both for welfare clients and Ohio's budget managers, that kind of architecture guarantees problems.


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