SNAP BENEFITS A Pandemic EBT plan was approved by the USDA, which will allow ODJFS to provide SNAP benefits to children who are missing meals they would have received at school. Families will receive a one-time issuance of approximately $240 to $300 per child and the benefits will be mailed. Families do not need to apply.
PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AVAILABLE Ohioans can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers than the traditional unemployment program, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today. Those who believe they may be eligible should visit pua.unemployment.ohio.gov and click the button that says “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.” Individuals who pre-registered for the program received an email earlier this week with instructions for how to complete their applications. Read today’s press release for additional details.
NEW DAILY CHECK-IN FOR OLDER OHIOANS The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) yesterday announced a free, daily check-in by phone service for Ohio’s older residents to ensure their well-being amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency and beyond. The program was announced during Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily news conference.
The “Staying Connected” service is open to Ohio residents age 60 or older who have a valid phone number. Those living alone in the community are encouraged to consider enrolling. The automated service, which is available 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, contacts participants each day within a one-hour window selected by them during sign-up. After confirming the caller is OK, it offers to connect the caller with the local Area Agency on Aging for information about services or assistance. If a participant does not answer after three attempts, a call is placed to an alternate contact, if one is on file. After multiple failed attempts to reach the participant and the alternate contact, a call is placed to the non-emergency services line of the local sheriff’s office. Eligible Ohio residents can learn more, or sign up, by visiting www.aging.ohio.gov or calling 1-833-ODA-CHAT (1-833-632-2428).