Athens County Job and Family Services
13183 State Route 13, Millfield, Ohio 45761-9901
New farm bill a missed opportunity
The new farm bill might prevent new cuts from hitting Ohio, but it did nothing to restore recent cuts that already are hurting hard-pressed Ohioans, said Jack Frech, director of the Job and Family Services department in Athens. Read more in the Plain Dealer.
Many survive solely on food stamps
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Ohio has expanded its Medicaid program and the program is now taking applications
Click here to read about the expanded Medicaid program
Click here to apply online for the expanded Medicaid program
Food Stamps (SNAP) recipients to see a cut in food assistance benefits in November
All U.S. residents who receive food assistance benefits will see a cut in their benefits beginning in November. The cut will be by an average of $10 per person per month. Click here to read more.
Two new reports examine the huge drop in welfare caseloads in Ohio
Two reports released in the last month both call attention to the fact that the state of Ohio has been removing welfare recipients from the caseloads in order to meet its federal work requirements.
Ohio's overall welfare caseload has dropped by more than 100,000 people since January of 2011. The reports state that the goal was not to put people back to work or to help them live independently, but rather only to meet the statistical goals as set by the federal work requirements.
Click here to read the first report, which was commissioned by the state of Ohio and points out how Athens County handled its welfare caseload and work requirements differently from the rest of the state.
Click here to read the second report, which was completed by the Center For Community Solutions.
Click here to read a Toledo Blade article about the two reports.
CATO vs. Reality: 2013
In August, the CATO Institute will release a report based on the premise that welfare benefits are so high that recipients have little incentive to accept jobs. This is an old argument that has never been valid and is much less so now. Both the number of cash assistance recipients and the value of their benefits have dropped dramatically. The Athens County Department of Job and Family Services has prepared a response to the CATO report.
Click here to read the news release about the report.
Click here to read the response from the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services.
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