COVID-19 Emergency Assistance
If you have been adversely affected by the COVID-10 Pandemic you may be eligible for emergency financial assistance. Families who have experienced unexpected expenses and/or job loss as a direct result of the COVID-19 virus may apply "here". These expenses may include (but are not limited to): (1) expenses related to self-quarantine and social distancing; (2) household expenses; (3) childcare expenses; and (4) food. To be eligible for these funds you must be within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and have children in the home or be pregnant.
SNAP and Medicaid Redeterminations and other SNAP Help
If you are due for a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or Medicaid redetermination (also referred to as a renewal), your redetermination date has been pushed out to a later date.
For SNAP Assistance the changes are as follows:
· March redeterminations will now be held in September.
· April redeterminations will now be held in October.
· May redeterminations will now be held in November.
For all Medicaid redeterminations due in March, April or May your redetermination date has been pushed out an additional 180 days.
There is no action needed by the recipient of these programs at this time.
If your child or a child in your custody is receiving free or reduced lunch assistance you will be receiving assistance from the state. Please see the flyer regarding the Pandemic EBT program and the FAQ.
SNAP, Cash and Medicaid Workers are working remotely
Geauga County Job and Family Services is informing Geauga residents that our SNAP, Cash and Medicaid eligibility workers are now working from home. Our calls may show up as “No Caller ID” or “Call Restricted” or something similar. This means if you get a call from us, it will not display “Geauga County JFS.” We are asking you to answer these calls as our workers may be returning your voice mail message or calling you for your phone interview.
COVID-19 Pandemic Child Care Information
Effective March 26th, only Child Care centers operating as Pandemic Child Care Centers will be open. Child care will only be provided for children of health, safety and essential services workers as defined by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS). Application and enrollment will be completed at the child care centers. For a list of centers, forms and additional information on pandemic child care, visit: http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/CoronavirusAndChildcareForFamilies/
Notice to Geauga County Employers: SharedWork Ohio
SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, the participating employer reduces affected employees’ hours in a uniform manner. The participating employee works the reduced hours each week, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) provides eligible individuals an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. For more information go to http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/SharedWorkOhio/index.stm
HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) & Winter Crisis Program (WCP)
Both HEAP and the WCP had been scheduled to end March 31, 2020, but the deadlines have been extended. Regular HEAP applications will now be accepted through June 1, 2020 and HEAP Winter Crisis applications will be accepted through May 1, 2020. Households which have already received a benefit from either program are not eligible to re-apply. Telephone interviews will be scheduled for the Winter Crisis Program. Additional information, including applying online, may be found at www.energyhelpohio.gov or by calling (800) 282-0880.