Job & Family Services Continue Leading Community Support in COVID-19 Health Crisis
The Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services continues to serve customers throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis. Customers are urged to apply for benefits on-line or over the phone by calling 1-844-640-6446. For additional information on how to receive assistance throughout the COVID-19 health crisis visit their website at https://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/covid19 or call from this list of contact options https://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/contact-us/.
Franklin County's Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) Plan Emergency Assistance resources for food, housing, child care, cash or medical assitance and employment support can be found at; https://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/prc or for additional housing assistance contact IMPACT Community Action at https://www.impactca.org/ or by calling 614-252-2799
The Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio
Training and $250 Available for Recently Unemployed Residents! Franklin County is partnering with The Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio to help residents whose employment has been suspended or terminated due to the public health crisis. Following two weeks of on-line training and career counseling unemployed residents are eligible for $250. For additional information about this program contact: FCSkillBoost@wdbco.org
Providing Meals for Seniors During Public Health Restrictions
During the COVID-19 public health crisis, The Franklin County Office on Aging has extended services for residents 60 years and older to provide home-delivered meals to seniors who are isolated at home. This quick response program waves an income verification requirement for food access through July 1, 2020. To request meals, other available services or information, contact Senior Options at 614-525-6200, Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Aiding Disproportionately Impacted Latino Families
The Ohio Hispanic Coalition offers advocacy, education, training, translation, interpretation, and access to cultural services to improve the quality of life for all Latinos living in Franklin County. The commissioners stepped up to implement safeguards ensuring these emergency funds were disseminated urgently and used to support those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus among the county’s Latino families, which include primarily single mothers who are experiencing housing insecurities. For additional information on how to receive assistance visit the website or call (614) 840-9934
Slowing the Spread of Infection Among Homeless Residents
The Community Shelter Board is leading the charge with federal stimulus Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant funding for a new temporary emergency shelter and will provide staffing, food and health care supplies, transportation, security, environmental and laundry services during the COVID-19 virus outbreak. With more than 1,800 people homeless in Franklin County on any given night, it is more important than ever to establish emergency shelters to help distance residents existing in homeless shelters to slow the spread of the virus. For additional information on help with homelessness visit the website or call the homeless hotline at (614)-274-7000
United Way of Central Ohio
Protecting the health, safety and welfare of residents from the effects of the COVID-19 virus is paramount to the Board of Commissioners. Through a partnership with the United Way of Central Ohio, a coalition of local non-profits, Franklin County is able to discern the needs and gaps in resources within the community and urgently support residents who are disproportionately impacted by this public health epidemic. This purposeful funding provides access to food, household essentials, child care, and keeping the community’s safety net strong as the crisis continues. Visit the Community Response Fund page to learn more about how the United Way of Central Ohio is supporting our neighbors or if you need assistance, call 211.
The Columbus Urban League
Franklin County Board of Commissioners is partnering with the Columbus Urban League for critical community needs. The Columbus Urban League provides services within the community that strengthens families and overcomes barriers, helps residents achieve economic mobility, fosters entrepreneurship, creates access to wealth through smart financial practices, and teaches children critical academic and life skills. The county commissioners recognized early the need for safeguards and placed emergency funding with the Urban League to support efforts to provide housing, financial, and employment services to residents disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. For a complete list of program contacts, click here.
Relief for Families Awaiting Government Aid
Franklin County Commissioners and NAACP seek relief for Families Awaiting Government Aid
The commissioners and the NAACP of Columbus are calling on local banks to honor COVID-19 stimulus checks and COVID-19 Response Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) payments regardless of whether the family has a bank account.
They are asking financial institutions to waive fees on these government-administered assistance payments so that eligible families can make the most of this critical aid. For more information about this and other available assistance visit: Franklin County Job & Family Services COVID-19 Response
Read the press release describing more about the program.