Lorain County Job & Family Services

Latest News & Updates from LCDJFS

Statewide System Outage

Lorain County Job & Family Services has been advised by the State of Ohio that the state Job & Family Services database systems will be not available throughout the state on Thursday August 23, Friday August 24, and Monday August 27th. The agency will be closed to the public on the dates listed but staff will be working on those dates. The system outages will not affect Lorain County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the CSEA lobby will remain open during these days.

2018 Summer Camp

Lorain County Boys and Girls Club is now accepting applications for their summer camp sponsored by LCDJFS. The focus of the summer camps is career exploration with daily technology programs as well as literacy and math activities to alleviate summer learning loss and to educate and promote healthy lifestyles.  Children ages 6-15 years old who live in Lorain County households with a gross income up to 200% FPG are eligible for the program.  Summer camps will be provided by Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County from 6/11/18-8/10/18.  Click here for more information. 

Ohio Benefits Interactive Voice Response Feature

On May 31, 2018 the statewide contact center for Medicaid consumers received an interactive voice response feature for the call system at 1-844-640-6446. Consumers are now able to set up case notifications and reminders via text after verifying social security number and date of birth. Consumers will also receive a brief case status update when they call this hotline. In addition to this update, the new system will also have the functionality to robocall consumers whose benefits have been discontinued for failure to complete a renewal.

July is Child Support Amnesty Month-Extended through August

For the months of July and August 2018, the Lorain County Child Support Enforcement Agency (LCCSEA) is sponsoring a “Back-to-School Amnesty Program” whereby LCCSEA will re-instate a defaulting child support obligor’s driver’s license upon payment of one month’s worth of child support. The obligor must also pay a $25.00 re-instatement fee to the BMV.  If you have any questions regarding the Amnesty Program, please contact LCCSEA at 440.284.4401.  Click here for more information.

It's Tax Time!!!

If you worked in 2017, you may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit -even if you don't owe income tax.  You also may qualify for free assistance with the preparation and filing of your income tax return through the Lorain County Free Tax Prep Coalition, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Ohio Means Jobs is one of this year's tax preparation sites. Appointments can be made by calling 2-1-1. 

Online Voter Registration

Ohio residents are now able to register to vote online! The Secretary of State's Online Voter Registration (OLVR) system allows an applicant to securely and efficiently submit a voter registration application online to the Secretary of State's Office. In order to use OLVR, an applicant must have a valid Ohio driver's license or state identification card. The following information will be requested to complete the online voter registration and must match the applicant's BMV information:

  • Applicant's name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Last four digits of applicant's Social Security number
  • Ohio driver's license or state identification number
  • Consent for the Ohio Secretary of State's Office to obtain applicant's signature

Simply click on the link below to register.

Prevention, Retention, and Contingency

Ohio's Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) program provides work supports and other services to help low-income parents overcome immediate barriers to employment. It is funded through the federal Temporay Assistance for Needy Families program. Those receiving assistance from other public assistance programs-including Supplemental Nutrion Assistance Program (SNAP, formally known as food stamps)- also may be eligible for PRC service.

PRC services vary between counties based on community needs. Each county has a PRC plan stating the types of services available in that county and the eligibilty criteria for them. County PRC plans can be found at jfs.ohio.gov/owf/prc/county/countytable.stm

       Vehicle Repair Funding

LCDJFS currently has a PRC program funding vehicle repairs for those who qualify. Vehicle repairs may include reasonable cost of parts and labor for major repairs and maintenance, however excludes regular maintenance such as oil changes, wind shield wipers, light bulbs, etc. Applications can be completed in the CSEA lobby Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. Requirements are:

     * Client must be employed or self-employed for the past 90 days or required to participate in a work activity through OWF/JOBS or SNAP                     Employment and Training program

     *Vehicle must be currently titled and registered in the client’s name for the past 30 days

     *Client must have a current/valid Driver’s License

     *Client must have current proof of insurance for the vehicle

     *A child must be residing in the household

     *Two written estimates within the past 30 days from an agency approved dealer/garage with a tax-payer ID number

New Pediatric Dentistry Location

Lorain County Health and Dentistry has opened a new pediatric dentistry location at 105 Louden Court in Elyria. For hours and other information, click here.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The Stocker Foundation presents Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. This program is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children's classic The Little Engine That Could. Each month a new book will be mailed in your child's name at no cost to the family. See the attached flyer for more information. Flyer also available in Spanish.

Interim Reports

Interim reports can be completed online! 

  • Submitting required forms online is the best way to provide documents to LCJFS
  • It's more convenient for you, and it cuts down on lobby traffic
  • Click here to access your case online and submit your interim report

Case Profile Printouts

The front desk can no longer provide case profile printouts for WIC, HEAP, Community Action, and/or Section-8/LMHA.

In order to obtain a case profile, you must set up online access to your account by following the directions below.  There are computers and printers in the LCDJFS lobby where you may print your case profile free of charge during our normal business hours (Tuesday:  7:45 am - 6:15 pm; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  7:45am - 4:15pm).  An agency staff member is usually available to assist with this process on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between the hours of 8:00am - 8:30am and 2:00pm - 3:00 pm. 

  • set up online access to your case at https://odjfsbenefits.ohio.gov/SelfServiceSplash.jsf.
  • On the "Home" screen, select the "Review Benefits" tab.  Print this page.  It shows your current and future benefit issuance history.
  • On the "Review Benefits" screen, select "Click Here For History" for each individual benefit to get up to 12 months of benefit issuance history.
  • Return to the "Home' screen and select the "Review Case Information" tab.  This page lists the people on your case, their dates of birth, and the benefits your household receives.  Print this page.
  • On the "Report a Change" tab, indicate whether or not you would like to register to vote and submit your answer.  Then, select the appropriate computer option from the drop-down box and hit the submit button.  This takes you to a "Case Summary" page.  Print this page.

2018 Holidays / Agency Closed Dates

New Years Day

January 2

Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15
President's Day February 19
Memorial Day May 28
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day September 3
Columbus Day October 8
Veterans Day November 12
Thanksgiving November 22 & 23


New Year's Eve

December 24 & 25

December 31



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