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Work Requirements



Reinstatement of Work Requirements

As of October 1, 2013, Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (CJFS) are required to ensure that the Able Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD) population complies with the work requirement as a condition of receiving food assistance. This program consists of 3-6 months of unpaid work experience in the public or private sector which enables participants to “practice” work, gain valuable soft and hard skills as well as knowledge and training. Work performed in WEP is similar to work normally paid to employees in their job. WEP participants are held to the same performance expectations as that of paid employees including punctuality, dependability, professional appearance and good customer service. WEP is offered full or part time, and can be assigned in conjunction with other activities, including employment, vocational education, GED preparation, or job skills training. WEP is designed for an individual who may need to update their work history and obtain a positive job reference in order to be successful in their job search.

What are the Work Requirements for ABAWD’s?

  1. Work twenty (20) hours per week in exchange for money averaged for eighty (80) hours per month.
  2. Work for twenty (20) hours per week for good or services (in-kind work) verified unpaid work averaged monthly for eighty (80) hours per month
  3. Participate and comply with the requirements of a work program for twenty (20) hours per week. The work program as specific by county agency.
  4. Any combination of work and participating in a work program for a total of twenty (20) hours of more per week as determined by the count agency.
  5. Participate and comply with the CJFS Work Experience Program (WEP)

If a customer meets one of the following exemptions, he or she may not be subject to the work requirements:

  1. Age 17 years old or younger or age 50 years old or older
  2. Mentally or physically unfit for employment as determined by the county agency or a medical professional
  3. Responsible for the care of an incapacitated individual residing with the assistance group
  4. Pregnant or involved in a domestic violence situation 
  5. Participating in a drug or alcohol treatment program
  6. Applying for Social Security Income or unemployment compensation
  7. Receiving benefits with someone who is 17 years old or younger

How can community organizations help?

Help us here at CJFS increase the pool of available work sites! Community Organizations that can use volunteers to meet work needs in the following areas including, clerical, general labor, maintenance, landscaping parks, recreation, food service and program aids can benefit while helping ABAWD recipients keep their benefits. Some basic requirements are to provide a positive work experience, daily supervision, and keep track of the time volunteers are at work. If a organization is interested in becoming a worksite partner call (216) 987-7076.