TANF Application Denials and Appeals in Ohio


If you receive an Ohio TANF denial, then you have the right to appeal the decision of the county. Your appeal TANF denial letter will be sent in the mail and will outline the reasons you have been denied benefits. If you do not agree with the reasons detailed in this TANF benefits denial letter, then you may request a hearing in front of an administrative officer. If the officer rules in your favor, then you will be allowed to receive TANF benefits. The state gives residents the right to appeal any decision regarding government benefits in a hearing, and you may hire legal representation.

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Appealing a Denial of TANF Benefits in Ohio

After receiving an Ohio TANF denial letter, you can request an administrative hearing if you disagree with the decision. If you elect to appeal the denial of TANF benefits, then you will have the opportunity to go before a county or state representative and state your case. You are allowed to bring someone to help you. You may also bring anything you believe supports your case during this time, such as evidence of meeting the TANF eligibility requirements. Residents who want to request a hearing must do so at least 90 days after they receive their denial letter in the mail. If the 90th day falls on a weekend or public holiday, then you should request your T.A.N.F. denial appeal the following business day. Individuals who file for an appeal hearing within a certain period of receiving notice may not have their benefits stopped or lowered until a hearing decision is made.

You may appeal your Ohio TANF denial online at the ODJFS website. If you have been denied benefits through TANF, then you may enter your personal information and use the site to request an official hearing. The site will ask you basic questions regarding your name, address, and zip code, as well as questions regarding your benefits and denial. You will be allowed to give a brief explanation as to why you believe you should receive cash assistance, and you can elect to have a state representative help you prepare for your hearing. If you need an interpreter during your TANF benefits denial hearing, then you may specify the language you feel comfortable communicating in. You may not allow another person to fill out the online request for you.

If you are denied benefits through TANF in OH and do not have internet access, then there are ways to request an administrative hearing. You may appeal the denial of T.A.N.F. benefits by calling the ODJFS Consumer Access Line and following the prompts. You may also request a hearing by emailing the state and putting “State Hearing Request” in the subject line. State residents may also contact their caseworker to request a hearing, but this is discouraged unless you do not have access to any of the previously mentioned methods. When explaining why you should not be denied benefits through the TANF program, please include the following information in your letter or email:

  • Name, address and phone number
  • Date you received your denial letter
  • Case number
  • County of residence
  • Program you were denied for
  • Why you need to request a hearing

If you prefer to send your letter in the mail, then you can send it to the ODJFS Bureau of State Hearings in Columbus. You only need to provide a brief explanation when appealing your TANF denial, and if you are currently residing in another county, then please list the name of the county you wish to receive benefits in.

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The Ohio TANF Denial Hearing Process

The denied TANF benefits appeal process in Ohio allows you to hire a legal representative or anyone else you need to help you with your hearing. At the TANF denial hearing, a representative will explain the reasons you have been denied benefits and you may contest the reasons using any evidence you may have. The person presiding over the hearing will usually be an officer, and he or she may only allow you to bring a certain number of witnesses or representatives into the room. You will also have the opportunity to ask the state representative questions. Someone at the hearing will write down the important details and it will also be recorded. A decision regarding your denial of TANF benefits will not be made at the hearing. The hearing officer will send you a written notification of their decision in the mail. The state offers free legal aid to individuals who may need it.

Why are applicants denied benefits through TANF in Ohio?

You may receive an Ohio TANF denial letter in the mail if the county does not believe you meet the program requirements. TANF benefits denial can occur when petitioners submit in application or while collection cash assistance after being enrolled in the program. In addition to knowing how to apply to the TANF program, applicants should be aware of the eligibility requirements. Individuals and families in OH can be denied benefits through TANF for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Your household income exceeds the county limit.
  • You fail to provide all the required information or complete your application.
  • You fail to schedule or show up to your interview.
  • You fail to report any change in your income, job status or household size while receiving benefits.
  • You cannot verify your citizenship status, income or any information the county needs to verify.
  • The county finds out you provided false or misleading information on your application.

If you receive a TANF denial for any of the reasons listed above, then you may still request a hearing in front of a county or state officer. It is also important to note that is illegal to provide the state or federal government with false information.

Ohio Family Assistance

What Kind of Family Assistance Does Ohio Offer?

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) manages the implementation of family programs designed to provide assistance to families in need. These programs include food assistance, cash assistance and protective services. Learn more about the services the ODJFS provides by downloading our comprehensive guide today.

Who Can Benefit From Ohio Family Assistance?

Individuals and households who need support in buying food and other necessities can receive assistance from the various ODJFS programs. In order to receive benefits, applicants must meet certain criteria, such as income, age and citizenship requirements. See what benefits you could qualify for here.