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Work Requirements

From the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Family Assistance Letter #171 dated September 7, 2018.

Ohio operates a mandatory Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) program that is inclusive of recipients defined as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). Therefore, regardless of a county’s waiver status, every ABAWD in the State must undergo an appraisal of OAC 5101:4-3-29, be assigned and participate in a SNAP E&T component (education/training, job search/job readiness, and/or work experience). ABAWDs that fail to comply with a SNAP E&T requirement are subject to a sanction. ABAWDs who reside in a waived county must participate in SNAP E&T; however, the time limit of 20 hours minimum a week, or 80 hours minimum a month, is waived.

Cuyahoga County is a waived county. 

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 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.