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Airmen & Family Readiness Resources


www.vfw.org (follow links to unmet needs)



1800 Vet Help
www.nchv.org 888-233-8582 (Assist Homeless Vets with Housing).
Contact the VA office for the VASH Program vouchers

Omni Financial 702-437-6057
Pioneer Loans 888-430-5176

Financial Planning:
Foundation for Financial Planning


Financial Assistance for Medical Issues/Prescription Drug Support




The Assistance Fund https://www.mygooddays.org

Clark County Assistance Program


H.E.R.O.E.S. Care


Food Bank:


Help Link United Way


Air Force Aid Society


Respite Care Springfield Ohio


Assistance Benefits | Clark County DJFS, OH


Senior Assistance


Financial Assistance | Benefits.gov



Reemployment Assistance Benefits - File a Claim



Clark County Veterans Service- Emergency Financial Support


militaryonesource.com  http://www.militaryonesource.mil/

Military Community Support Programs (MCSP)

Military Community Support Programs (MCSP) provides the following COVID-19 update for the Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program:
Due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, face-to-face support is no longer a viable option for non-medical counseling delivery in many areas. 
Accordingly, MFLCs and Child and Youth Behavioral MFLCs (CYB-MFLCs) will be able to temporarily provide telehealth services to our military community.
These services include telephonic and video non-medical counseling in areas where face-to-face support is restricted due to COVID-19.  We are pleased to announce this temporary capability to provide continuity of care in local communities.  
Thank you for providing installation and facility closure information as we work through the implementation of this new telehealth model.  Our team will
 identify locations to implement MFLC telehealth services as we receive closure updates. Initial telehealth sessions will start by the end of the week, March 27.  
The model of MFLC and CYB-MFLC telehealth and continued face-to-face support is below. 
Support for Adults: 
* Telephonic and video non-medical counseling  
* Face-to-face non-medical counseling will continue in areas where Federal, state, and local COVID-19 restrictions allow.
Support for Children and Youth:  
* Individual video non-medical counseling sessions for minors age 13 to 17 (parent must be available at the start of each video session to give parental consent)
* Family video non-medical counseling for minors 6 to 12 years of age (parent must attend each session) 
* Face-to-face non-medical counseling will continue in areas where Federal, state, and local COVID-19 restrictions allow.
If you would like to speak to an MFLC:
Program (MFLC) go to:

Food Assistance

Food Assistance Benefits Program

What is Food Assistance?

Food assistance (formerly food stamps) is a monthly benefit for eligible individuals and families to purchase food. Benefits come in the form of a plastic card called the Ohio Direction Card.

When families use the card at the grocery store, the purchase is automatically deducted from their monthly benefit.

Who is eligible?

Families and individuals can receive this benefit. Eligibility is complex -- based on family size, income, resources and expenses. Healthy people under the age of 60 may have to participate in a work activity to receive benefits. To find out if you may be eligible, use the food assistance calculator http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/

Applying for benefits

Click here https://www.starkjfs.org/human-services/how-to-apply3 for instructions on how to apply for food assistance.

  • It may take 30 days to complete your case. Please be patient until that time.

Medicaid & Medical Assistance

Medicaid & Medical Assistance Services

Medicaid is state and federally funded health care coverage. Stark County Job & Family Services administers Medicaid programs that may provide health care coverage for:

  • Income-eligible parents and their children up to age 20
  • Preventive and treatment services up to age 21
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults age 65 and older may be eligible
  • Ohioans of any age who have disabilities (including those who are legally blind) may also qualify for Medicaid.
  • Long Term Care Medicaid for a person with a severe disability or medically unstable condition requiring care from a Nursing facility
  • Children in foster care
  • Medicaid Expansion (New for 2014) Uninsured individuals with or without dependents and with no limiting physical factors may qualify if at or below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level.
  • Medicaid Home and Community Based Services that allow people with disabilities to receive care in the home and community instead of a long term care facility, hospital or immediate care facility
  • Individuals with low income who are also Medicare eligible may receive help with all or part of their Part-B premiums, coinsurance and/or other deductibles through the Medicare Premium Assistance Program
  • Medicaid-Eligible Consumers may receive transportation to any Medicaid-covered appointment (doctor visit, dental visits and vision appointments). Visit: https://www.starkjfs.org/human-services/non-emergency-transportation for more information on transportation services.

Medicaid is very broad, with two major covered groups, Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD), and Covered Families and Children (CF&C).  Those who claim to be disabled, but who are not eligible for a regular Medicaid program may qualify through the Disability Determination Area https://www.starkjfs.org/human-services/dda process.

Most Medicaid recipients receive benefit coverage through a Managed Care Plan (MCP) https://www.starkjfs.org/human-services/managed-care-plans

There are several Medicaid programs. To learn about the different programs, read About Medicaid http://medicaid.ohio.gov/FOROHIOANS/Programs.aspx


Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families



Temporary Assistance to Needy Families(TANF) is the federal program that funds many cash assistance programs across Ohio. The dollars provide a monthly payment (through the Chase Ohio Pathway Card or direct deposit) to low-income families with minor children at Caution-home.

In Ohio, the TANF program is called Ohio Works First (OWF). OWF provides temporary support to families while parents work their way toward becoming self-sufficient.  OWF cash recipients are required to sign and comply with a self-sufficiency contract with our work program/JOBS area.  The self-sufficiency contract requires each individual to engage in work-related activities.

Families may receive cash assistance for 36 months (which does not have to be consecutive). That assistance can be extended if circumstances warrant. There are two types of extensions:

  • Good Cause: Must be off assistance for two years and meet certain work-related criteria.
  • Hardship: Must meet at least one out of 4 criteria that are based on a household’s extraordinary circumstances that may limit an ability to achieve self-sufficiency.


Eligibility is based on the family's income and the number of people living in the home. In addition, adults must cooperate with the work program/JOBS area to meet participation requirements. Click here https://www.starkjfs.org/human-services/jobs-program  for more information on work program requirements.


Visit: https://www.starkjfs.org/human-services/cash-assistance-apply for instructions on how to apply for cash assistance.

It may take 30 days to complete your case. Please be patient until that time.

Unemployment Information

Valerie Mannon                                                             
Office:  419-213-6334
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist               
Email: Valerie.Mannon2@jfs.ohio.gov
OhioMeansJobs | Lucas
We’re here to help! Please visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/coronavirus for new information and visit http://unemployment.ohio.gov to apply for benefits. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an emergency order to expand flexibility to help you during this emergency.

Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits


Questions and Answers

Question 1:
How do I apply for unemployment insurance?
Answer: File online at http://unemployment.ohio.gov
Question 2:
Will workers qualify for unemployment benefits if the coronavirus (COVID-19) causes an employer to shut down operations?
Answer: An executive order issued by Governor DeWine expands flexibility for Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits during Ohio's emergency declaration period. Unemployment benefits will be available for eligible individuals who are requested by a medical professional, local health authority, or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, even if they are not actually diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition, the waiting period for eligible Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits will be waived. 
Question 3:
If an employer lays off employees due to the loss of production caused by the coronavirus, will the employees be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits?
Answer: Yes, if the employees are otherwise eligible. An executive order issued by Governor DeWine expands flexibility for Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits during Ohio's emergency declaration period.
Question 4:
If an employee receives unemployment benefits as a result of a coronavirus-related business shutdown, will the employer's unemployment taxes increase?
Answer: For contributory employers, charges during Ohio's emergency declaration period will be mutualized. Reimbursing employers will follow existing charging requirements under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4141.
Question 5:
If an employee receives unemployment benefits as a result of a coronavirus-related business shutdown, can the benefits be charged to the mutual account?
Answer: Updated: Yes, an executive order issued by Governor DeWine allows unemployment benefit charges to be mutualized for contributory employers. In addition, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will waive penalties for late reporting and payments during Ohio's emergency declaration period.
Question 6:
If an asymptomatic employee imposes a self-quarantine because of the coronavirus, will they be eligible for unemployment benefits?
Answer: In most cases, no. Unemployment benefits are available to individuals who are totally or partially unemployed due to no fault of their own. In this example, the individual-not the employer-is choosing not to work and, therefore, would be ineligible. However, the facts of each circumstance are important. If the employer allowed this individual to telework, they would not qualify for benefits because they would not be unemployed. If the employer required the individual to stay home but did not offer telework, the individual might be eligible for benefits if they met the monetary and weekly eligibility criteria.
Question 7:
If an employee is in mandatory quarantine because of suspicion of having the coronavirus, will they be eligible for unemployment benefits?
Answer: Yes, an executive order issued by Governor DeWine states that employees who are quarantined are considered to be unemployed.
Question 8:
If the coronavirus creates a situation that causes an employer to submit quarterly reports and/or payments late, will the filing deadline be extended?
Answer: Updated: Yes, an executive order issued by Governor DeWine waives penalties for late reporting and payments during Ohio's emergency declaration period.
Question 9:
What is unemployment insurance impact on tipped workers?
Answer: That depends how the employer reported the employee’s wages. If the employer reported tips as part of the employees wage, it would be reflected on their tax reporting and therefore the UI benefit would be based on wage with tips. If the employer did not include tips in the wage, the employee will need to file an affidavit with their tipped wages for ODJFS to review.

Apply for Benefits

Ohio has two ways to file an application for Unemployment Insurance Benefits:  
  • Online
    File online at http://unemployment.ohio.gov/  24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Service may be limited during nightly system updating. Check the website for available services. Please be sure to follow the instructions.  If you do not have access to a computer, visit your local library or OhioMeansJobs Center where computers are available for public use.  A list of OhioMeansJobs Centers can be found at: http://jfs.ohio.gov/owd/wioa/map.stm
  • Telephone
    Call toll-free 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408, (excluding holidays) Monday through Friday 8 AM - 5 PM.
 To apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits, you will need:  
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver's license or state ID number
  • Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address
  • Name, address, telephone number, and dates of employment with each employer you worked for during the past 6 weeks of employment
  • The reason you became unemployed from each employer
  • Dependents' names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth
  • If claiming dependents, your spouse's name, Social Security number, and birth date
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, alien registration number and expiration date
  • Your regular occupation and job skills
  • If you had out-of-state employment, have worked for the federal government, or are separated from military service, more information is required, including:
    • Form DD-214, member 4 copy (for military service)
    • SF-8 or SF-50 form (for federal government employment)       
Once your application has been filed:   
  • You will receive further information by mail or e-mail.  E-mail will be sent from OJI@odjfs.state.oh.us.
  • Your claim will be assigned to a Processing Center, based on the last four digits of your Social Security number. Click here for a list of Processing Centers by Social Security number http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/claims-processing-center-locations.stm
  • If filing online and you need your Personal Identification Number (PIN) reset, please call toll-free 1-866-962-4064.

SBA Loans

SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19):


Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your support.

Mark Williams
Boots to Business Program Manager, Office of Veterans Business Development
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office: (202) 205-6157
Cell:    (202) 365-7461