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CJFS Suspends Work Activity Related Requirements

3/17/2020


Media contact:
Mary Louise Madigan: (216) 698-2521; mlmadigan@cuyahogacounty.us
Tina Coleman: (216) 592-2739; tina.coleman@jfs.ohio.gov


CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – Due to increased concern regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, in Cuyahoga County all in-person assessments and on-site visits related to work activity requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are suspended until further notice.

The spread of COVID-19 is expected to have a negative impact on public benefit recipients, primarily their ability to meet the required activities needed to obtain and maintain cash and food assistance. To reduce the hardship on SNAP and TANF participants currently participating in an assigned work activity, CJFS will be implementing the good cause standards established by the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 5101:1 3-13 and 5101:4-3-11.1.

The Federal Government, State of Ohio, and Cuyahoga County have declared states of emergency, discourage public gatherings and encourage “social distancing” during the identified state of emergency period.

“Given that all schools are closed and that the pandemic public health crisis has been declared a county, state and national emergency, it is our responsibility to grant good cause to all work required individuals and cancel all work requirement assessments until the state of emergency has been ended,” stated CJFS Administrator Kevin Gowan.

These protocols by CJFS will preserve the effected participants much needed public benefits during this time of national crisis. It will also allow JFS to devote resources to address incoming applications for benefits, ensuring the stability of our community during this challenging time. CJFS is committed to fulfill our role as public servants and support are residents in need.

For more information regarding work activity requirements and good cause, a voice mail message can be left on (216) 987-8656 for TANF and (216) 987-6820 for SNAP.