Public Assistance

Public assistance refers to government programs that provide funding to communities, individuals and families in need. Examples include: Cash Assistance, Food Assistance, Medicaid, Child Care Assistance, Transportation Assistance and Fraud.

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Child Support

Child Support is money paid by a parent, who isn’t living with his or her children, to help cover the cost of their care. Child Support helps guarantee that children’s basic needs are met: from food, shelter and clothes to education, transportation and medical expenses.

Protective Services

We provide protective services to the elderly and children who are in danger of harm, unable to protect themselves, and/or have no one else to assist them. SCOJFS is mandated to investigate and evaluate all reports of suspected abuse and neglect.

Recent News

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Disaster Relief Application click here to download

COVID-19 Utility Assistance Application click here to download

 

Effective July 6, 2020

South Central Ohio Job and Family Services will be open to the public

Monday–Friday 8am- 4:30pm

We recommend all customers stay safe and practice social distancing and to continue to access services by telephone and online. Facial coverings are strongly recommended, but not mandatory

Public Assistance

All business will be completed by telephone, email, and fax.

Phone:  1-844-640-6446

Fax: 740-772-7514        

Email: SCOJFS_ChangeTeam@jfs.ohio.gov

Online: https://ssp.benefits.ohio.gov

Mail: SCOJFS, P.O. Box 469, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

You may apply for Public Assistance which includes Cash Assistance (TANF), Food Assistance (SNAP), and Medicaid by calling 1-844-640-6446 Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm or online at https://ssp.benefits.ohio.gov

All interviews will be completed by phone and you can send documents by fax, email or utilize the drop boxes at each site which will be monitored vigorously throughout the day. All business activities will still be processed within the mandated time frames and we will ensure cases are certified timely with no break in assistance. 

Child Care

You may apply for publicly funded childcare online at https://ssp.benefits.ohio.gov. Please submit all requested documentation to ensure a timely process. If you have questions, please call 1-855-726-5237, then select option 3 then option 4 or email childcare-southcentral@jfs.ohio.gov

Non-Emergency Transportation

For transportation needs please call 1-855-726-5237, then select option 3 then option 5.

Direct Delivered Transportation (Van Transportation)

3C Cab – 740-572-7395

Carealot Transportation – 740-577-4467

Chillicothe Transit (Ross-Go) – 740-772-4004

GreenCab – 740-200-3500

HAPCAP – 740-385-6999

Hopewell Health – 740-385-2555

Jackson Transportation – 740-288-2091

Jackson-Vinton Community Action – 740-384-3722

Fasttime Transportation - 740-972-0895

Quest Express – 740-596-1950

Vinton County Senior Citizens – 740-596-4706

  

Child Support

All business will be completed by telephone, email, and fax.

Phone:  1-855-726-5237 Option 2

Fax: Hocking 740-380-3809   Ross 740-772-7514   Vinton 740-672-2297

Online: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocs

Mail: SCOJFS, P.O. Box 469, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

WE CANNOT ACCEPT PAYMENTS AT OUR OFFICES

YOU CAN MAKE PAYMENTS:

ONLINE: Debit/Credit cards http://oh.smartchildsupport.com

IN-PERSON:  MoneyGram (Walmart, etc.) Code #: 14674

You can send documents by fax, email or utilize the drop boxes at each site which will be monitored vigorously throughout the day.

 

Employment Services

All business will be completed by telephone, email, and fax.

Phone: Hocking 740-380-4043 Ross 740-772-7532 Vinton 740-672-2288 or 740-672-2289

Fax: Hocking 740-385-1911 Ross 740-772-7580 Vinton 740-672-2297  

E-Mail: scojfs-workactivities@jfs.ohio.gov

Online: http://www.ohioMeansJobs.com or http://www.unemployment.ohio.gov

You can send documents by fax, email or utilize the drop boxes at each site which will be monitored vigorously throughout the day.

Children’s Services

South Central Ohio Job and Family Services (SCOJFS) is responsible for investigating reports of abuse and neglect involving children and older adults in Hocking, Ross, and Vinton Counties. 

To report suspected Abuse or Neglect of Children or the Elderly, call 1-855-726-5237 and select option 1.  Call 911 or law enforcement if you believe a child or senior is in immediate danger.

For more information and to keep up on announcements, please find us on Facebook at South Central Ohio Job & family Services 

 

 

 

-For updated information and to help you prepare for and protect against the Coronavirus, please go to the Ohio Department of Health’s website. https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home
 
-Get the benefits you need without having to leave your home.  Call 1-844-640-6446 and apply over the phone or apply online at www.benefits.ohio.gov
 
-Interested in becoming a child care provider? click here

 

US CENSUS INFORMATION

In March 2020, the U. S. Census Bureau will send every household an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who lives at your address on April 1, 2020.  You will have the opportunity to respond on-line, by phone or by mail.  Federal law keeps your responses safe and secure.  It is very important that Ross, Hocking and Vinton Counties gets an accurate count of everyone living in the counties.  For more information visit www.census.gov and click Census updates, or for a quick reference click here