Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families
WHAT IS cash ASSISTANCE?
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) is the federal program that funds many cash assistance programs across Ohio. The dollars provide a monthly payment (through the Chase Ohio Pathway Card or direct deposit) to low-income families with minor children at home.
In Ohio, the TANF program is called Ohio Works First (OWF). OWF provides temporary support to families while parents work their way toward becoming self-sufficient. OWF cash recipients are required to sign and comply with a self-sufficiency contract with our work program/JOBS area. The self-sufficiency contract requires each individual to engage in work-related activities.
- Good Cause: Must be off assistance for two years and meet certain work-related criteria.
- Hardship: Must meet at least one out of 4 criteria that are based on a household’s extraordinary circumstances that may limit an ability to achieve self-sufficiency.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Eligibility is based on the family's income and the number of people living in the home. In addition, adults must cooperate with the work program/JOBS area to meet participation requirements. Click here for more information on work program requirements.
APPLYING FOR BENEFITS
Click here for instructions on how to apply for cash assistance.
- It may take 30 days to complete your case. Please be patient until that time.
Main Phone: (330) 452-4661
Customer Service Center: 1 (844) 640-OHIO (6446)
Fax: (330) 451-8022 or (330) 451-8925
Address: 221 Third Street SE, Canton, OH 44702