Income, Resources & Disregards

There is no resource limit for Ohio Works First because resources are not considered in determining eligibility. Families with earned income who do not currently participate in Ohio Works First, and have not participated at least 1 out of the previous 4 months must meet a gross income test for eligibility to be determined. Gross monthly income includes unearned income and earned income before taxes. The gross income limit for a family of 3 is currently $716, but increases annually. When a member secures employment, the gross income test does not have to be met in a participating family, or a family that has participated at least 1 out of the last 4 months.

Gross Income Test

Families must meet the gross income test which means $250, plus 1/2 of a family’s remaining income is deducted from the total gross earned income. If the family member works full-time and pays for child care, the cost of child care up to $175 is deducted for each child over age 2. The cost of child care up to $200 is deducted for each child under age 2. Up to $120 per child is deducted from the family’s income for part-time employment. Unearned income is deducted from the payment dollar-for-dollar.

Payment
Currently an Ohio Works first payment for a family of 3 is $410. If the family is not paying child care, they could earn up to $1,050 in monthly gross income and qualify for $10 in cash assistance. But if the family is eligible for a benefit of less than $10, a check is not issued because the state does not issue checks for less than $10.