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COVID-19 Crisis Information

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

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 or by calling (800) 282-0880.