February 2019
How cute does he look in his Batman costume?

Xavier is an energetic and active boy. He loves gym class because he gets to play and run off some of his energy.

When he's at home, Xavier likes playing outside and playing his Batman video game. 
He is a sweet and pleasant kid who doesn't mind helping out around the house. Xavier will put his clothes away, help clean his room and the bathrooms.

Xavier would do best in a home where he can get a lot of attention.

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Government shutdown produces community support

We are fortunate our country's government shutdown is over. As I write this, there is still a threat of another shutdown in mid-February, but we remain fully operational and have not been informed of any change to our programs or that March benefits are at risk.

The recent shutdown affected our food assistance program. Each month, we assist 100,000 people with about $11 million in food assistance. This assistance is a valuable resource to many families.

Fortunately, their food assistance was not lost. In a required federal procedural move, states were forced to access and distribute February food assistance early. This meant all reoccurring monthly food assistance consumers received their February allotment early, on Jan. 16. Our internal team kicked into high gear to make sure everyone had their assistance. I am proud of the work JFS employees do every day, but their drive and determination during times of need is especially inspiring.

The challenge from there was communicating to consumers they had received their benefits early, that these were their February benefits, and they would not receive another load to their card until March. It is often difficult for many of these families to stretch their benefits through the entire month, so there would no doubt be temptation to access additional food early, which could prove problematic when they did not receive benefits in February.

New app for quick help if you see someone who needs shelter

Colder temperatures can be deadly for those with no place to stay.

Strategies to End Homelessness has created an easy way to get help if you see a person in need of shelter.  The  Street Reach app  is available for Apple users. 

If you do not have an Apple device, leave a message on the CAP helpline at 513-381-SAFE (7233). Leave location information and street outreach workers will be notified.

Help us crack down 
on benefit fraud

The early disbursement of food benefits for February has resulted in an increase in illegal sales of benefits. We have noticed and we are paying attention.
Others are too, and they're sharing images with us. One of the most common ways fraud is reported is by screenshots of social media.

Selling even less than $100 in benefits can carry a prison sentence of one year and a fine of $1,000.

Report suspected public assistance fraud  here, by calling HCJFS at 513-946-2217 or at  www.jfs.ohio.gov/fraud.

BMV waiving some fees for people on public assistance

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is offering to waive the reinstatement fee for driver's licenses and permits for state residents receiving public assistance benefits from Job and Family Services.
This offer, which does not apply to commercial driver's licenses and permits, just began and runs through July 31. Applicants must have completed all court-ordered sanctions other than payment of reinstatement fees, and must prove indigence with a screen shot of their JFS case, including:
  • Case status - active
  • Current month
  • Next review date
  • Any authorized representatives
For more information and to apply, please visit the BMV website.

New perfect parent ads

These "perfect parent" ads promoting foster care are just the best. Have you seen the latest round?

This campaign focuses on adopting teens and just how many "firsts" there are to still celebrate with older children.

All the ads end with the same tag line: "You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent."

Please consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Visit hckids.org to get started.