Families can apply for $500 in aid from Hamilton County Job & Family Services

Program begins April 6
Posted at 12:39 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 12:39:36-04

CINCINNATI — Starting April 6, families in Hamilton County can apply for $500 to help with hardships from the COVID-19 crisis.

Job and Family Services director Tim McCartney announced a $3 million COVID-19 job response program Friday.

“We know families in this community are hurting through job loss, through the inability to go to work, and JFS is very proud to make this investment in the community,” McCartney said.

McCartney said access to the program will be available through an online application at

Once the application is complete, JFS staff will call to conduct a short interview.

After an application is approved, a check for $500 per eligible family will be sent in about two weeks.

McCartney said families must have one adult and one minor child at a minimum to be eligible. As for other verification requirements, he said his agency is making those as broad as possible in order to get this money out to the community.

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“These dollars, if you are eligible for them, will not affect any other benefits that you receive either from our agency, federal stimulus or unemployment,” McCartney said. “These will be over and above anything that you might receive in those arenas.”

Detailed information about the program, as well as a link to the online application, will be available on the Job and Family services website April 6.