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Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services administers Ohio Works First (OWF) which is the financial assistance portion of Ohio's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.  OWF was established to provide time-limited assistance to eligible families.  OWF provides cash benefits to eligible, needy families for up to 36 months.  The emphasis of OWF is self-sufficiency, personal responsibility and employment.  Applications and eligibility determinations for OWF are completed at the County Department of Job and Family Services.
What are the purposes of TANF?
  • To assist needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes;
  • To reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage; and
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
What are the highlights of TANF?
  •  Work Requirements:
    • Single parents are required to participate in work activities for at least 30 hours per week.  Two-parent families must participate in work activities 35 or 55 hours a week, depending upon circumstances;
    • Failure to participate in work requirements can result in a reduction or termination of benefits to the family; and
    • States cannot penalize single parents with a child under six for failing to meet work requirements if they cannot find adequate child care.
  •  Five-year Time Limit:
    • Families with an adult who has received federally funded assistance for a total of five years (or less at state option) are not eligible for cash aid under the TANF program.
  • Personal Employability Plans:
    • States must make an initial assessment of a recipient's skills; and
    • States may develop personal responsibility plans for each recipient to identify the education, training, and job placement services needed to move into the workforce.
  • Teen Parent Requirements:
    • Unmarried minor parents must participate in educational and training activities and live with a responsible adult or in an adult-supervised setting in order to receive assistance; and
    • States are responsible for assisting in locating adult-supervised settings for teens who can live at home.
Where Would I Go To Apply for OWF?

The Job Center
1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
Dayton, OH  45422

How Long Will It Take For My Application To Be Processed?

30 days or less

What Do I Need To Bring?

Photo ID, proof of income, social security number, proof of residency, utility bills, rent receipts, and landlord statement.

What Telephone Number Would I Call Regarding OWF?


Hours of Operations

Monday, Thursday and Friday 7:30-5:00 p.m.;
Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30-6:30 p.m.

Who Do I Contact If I Have A Complaint?

Customer Services Office at (937) 225-6164

The above information is meant for a guide and does not determine eligibility