Lorain County Job & Family Services


Due to the partial U.S. Government shutdown, your reoccurring February SNAP benefits will be available on your EBT card no later than January 20, 2019.

These benefits are intended for use in February. You WILL NOT receive additional benefits in the month of February. Please keep in mind these SNAP benefits will be the last you receive until your normal load date in March at the earliest. You may not receive any more benefits until the government reopens. Please make sure to submit all requested verifications by January 18, 2019 to avoid a delay in benefit issuance.

If your case is pending verification for a January Reapplication, Reinstatement or Intake please submit your verification immediately. We have been told cases must be authorized by January 30th to issue benefits for February. If you turn your verification in after January 18th there is no guarantee we will be able to process your benefits to meet this deadline. We will make all efforts to process cases so families have February benefits, and will continue to work after the deadline in processing in the event the funds are made available for continued issuances of benefits authorized after that date.


Welcome to LCDJFS

Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services is committed to promoting the dignity and self worth of those in need. We believe that given a choice, people prefer self-sufficiency. It is our mission to maximize available community resources to support, encourage, and assist families and individuals in achieving their goals for self-sufficiency; to assist in elimination of barriers, and respond to ever changing needs in a progressive, caring and professional manner.

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Child Support

The purpose of the child support program is to provide children with the opportunity for a better life. Working with both parents to establish and enforce support orders is essential in helping children receive the financial and medical support they deserve.

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Child Care

The CCU determines eligibility for publically-funded child care for low income parents and parents receiving OWF cash assistance. This allows parents to work, obtain training, or attend school while being assured that their children are cared for in a safe environment.

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Cash, Food, and Medical Assistance

Lorain County offers several need-based programs designed to assist families, children and adults with food, income, medical expenses, and more.

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Online Case Access

The ODJFS Online Benefit Application is an internet tool that allows Ohioans to access their case information online. Individuals and families can also apply for cash, food, and medical assistance online using this web application.

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Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication or program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9922 (voice), (800) 877-8339 (TTY) or (866) 377-8642 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. ODJFS - DCR 9/2016