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.
In observance of Juneteenth, Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services will be closed on June 19, 2023.
In observance of Independence Day, Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services will be closed July 4, 2023.
Visit the Ohio Means Jobs website: OMJ
2023 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
New Applications for Lorain County JFS Emergency Rent Relief is temporarily closed.
If funds are available after processing our current applications, we will reopen to accept applications.
**Households who do not currently have an application pending who are seeking help with rent and utilities should contact United Way of Greater Lorain County 2-1-1 Resource Database (211lorain.org)
There is a drop-box outside the main lobby available to drop-off verifications for SNAP/TANF/Medicaid/CSEA/Child Care. Visit the Latest News & Updates page for more information on how to apply for benefits and other ways to turn in verifications.
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.Learn More »
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.Learn More »
Lorain County offers several need-based programs designed to assist families, children and adults with food, income, medical expenses, and more.Learn More »
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.Learn More »
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
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