TANF Benefit Extensions
It is possible to obtain a TANF benefits extension in Ohio if you or a member of your household meets certain requirements. If you are deemed eligible to get a TANF extension, then you may be able to receive benefits for more than the standard allotted time, but you will need to know how to complete and submit an extension application. The goal of the OH TANF program is to help low-income families and individuals become financially independent, so you will need to provide a reason for needing additional months of cash assistance. Each county creates its own TANF benefits extension guidelines, which must be continually met.
How can I extend TANF benefits in Ohio?
Obtaining an Ohio TANF extension requires beneficiaries to have a reasonable excuse. To extend TANF benefits past the normal TANF assistance period, individuals and families will need to prove they need additional assistance. Each county in OH has a different set of standards when it comes to granting extensions, so state residents should be familiar with the requirements in their home county. To get a TANF extension, you will need to prove that you have a good cause or you are experiencing some sort of personal or financial hardship that makes it difficult to survive without assistance. You may apply for a hardship TANF benefit extension at any time after your assistance ends, but you may only apply for a good cause extension after a waiting period is over.
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TANF Extension Requirements in Ohio
An Ohio TANF extension may be granted to individuals and families who can prove they are experiencing some sort of hardship. To get a TANF extension, families will need to provide evidence of their hardship and a representative from their county will be tasked with deciding whether it warrants additional cash assistance. A hardship extension may be granted to you if you are a:
- Parent or guardian of a minor younger than 12 weeks.
- Parent or guardian currently receiving treatment for a drug or alcohol issue.
- Parent with a chronic or debilitating mental or physical condition.
- Person who becomes unemployed through no fault of their own.
- Person who is unable to work due to domestic violence issues.
- Teenager who has been designated “head of the household”.
You may also be eligible for a TANF benefits extension if you are a parent who has recently been reunited with your children through the County Department of Job and Family Services. Your caseworker will also examine your request to see if there are any external circumstances impacting your situation.
To receive a TANF benefits extension in Ohio based on personal hardship, you will need to continue meeting the original TANF benefits requirements. If you do manage to meet the TANF extension requirements, then you may be able to receive additional cash assistance payments for a period. There is no limit to the number of times a family or individual can file for a hardship extension. As long as you meet the county criteria, you may reapply for an extension. Applicants will become eligible for a hardship extension on the date of application. When deciding if you meet the T.A.N.F. extension requirements, the county may request additional documents or personal information.
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How to Apply for an Ohio TANF Extension
To apply for a TANF benefits extension in Ohio, benefit recipients must complete and submit a request for extended benefits. You may submit an Ohio TANF extension form up to two months before your cash assistance ends if you are applying during the standard benefits period. Your application will be processed as soon as it is received, and the county will notify you of a decision. A representative will review your TANF benefits extension application and decide if it falls under the hardship or good-cause category. You may be required to submit medical documentation if you or someone you care for is mentally or physically disabled or ill. You will be able to receive a TANF benefit extension if the representative approves “aid pending.” This designation means your extension will be granted as long as you submit the requested documentation to the county.
Additional Information About the Ohio TANF Extension
You must meet the Ohio TANF extension requirements if your extension is granted as well as any other requirement associated with the cash assistance program. If your two-parent household needs to extend TANF benefits, then at least one parent must meet the eligibility requirements. Individuals in your household who are required to follow a self-sufficiency contract will also need to continue adhering to the terms of the contract if they wish to receive additional assistance. Working benefit recipients will need to continue working (if required) if they are granted an extension.
If your household is found ineligible for a TANF benefits extension, then a caseworker may help find out if you are eligible for other government programs such as food assistance. It is also important to note that individuals applying for an extension may be required to complete and sign a new self-sufficiency contract prior to receiving additional benefits.