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Work now required for Ohio food stamps

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From the Dispatch:

Gov. John Kasich’s administration will limit food stamps for more than 130,000 adults in all but a few economically depressed areas starting Jan. 1.

To qualify for benefits, able-bodied adults without children will be required to spend at least 20 hours a week working, training for a job, volunteering or performing a similar type of activity unless they live in one of 16 counties exempt because of high unemployment. The requirements begin next month; however, those failing to meet them would not lose benefits until Jan. 1.

“It’s important that we provide more than just a monetary benefit, that we provide job training, an additional level of support that helps put (food-stamp recipients) on a path toward a career and out of poverty,” said Ben Johnson, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

For years, Ohio has taken advantage of a federal waiver exempting food-stamps recipients from the work requirements that Kasich championed while U.S. House Budget Committee chairman during the mid-1990s. Kasich and former Rep. Bob Ney, R-Heath, co-sponsored an amendment requiring able-bodied recipients without dependents to work that was included in sweeping welfare-reform legislation adopted in 1996.

“The governor believes in a work requirement,” Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said yesterday. “But when the economy is bad and people are hurting, the waiver can be helpful. Now, fortunately, Ohio’s economy is improving.”

More than 1.8 million Ohioans receive food stamps, with the average individual benefit about $132 a month. Of them, an estimated 134,000 adults in 72 Ohio counties will be subject to the work requirements, including 15,000 in Franklin County. They are ages 18 to 50, without children under 18, and deemed to be physically and mentally able to participate, Johnson said.

County officials who administer public assistance and advocates for the poor predict the requirement will take food stamps away from thousands of Ohioans.

“The rolls will go down because of this. Some people will leave because of the requirement, and some won’t be able to meet it. It will be similar to what we saw with (welfare) rolls,” said Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association.

More than 100,000 Ohioans have lost cash assistance since the beginning of 2011 as part of the federal crackdown on work requirements.

“We don’t have nearly enough places for 15,000 people” to work, said Lance Porter, spokesman for the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services. Many of the “able-bodied” food-stamp recipients in the Columbus area have disabilities and are seeking Supplemental Social Security, an application process that can take months, even years.

“We don’t oppose the requirement, but most of these people have no other income than food stamps. Getting them transportation and other help to participate in work activities costs money,” said Jack Frech, director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services. “We’ll have 1,000 people subject to this requirement and there is no way we will have work sites for them. Every work site we have is already filled up by people working for cash assistance.”

The announcement comes the same week as a federal report showing hunger persists in Ohio despite signs of economic improvement. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 6 Ohio families faced hunger last year, the 10th highest rate in the nation. And over the past decade, the percentage of families forced to skip meals or cut back on what they eat has grown 6.3 percentage points, higher than in all but two other states.

Ohio officials learned they would continue to qualify for a federal waiver of the work requirement because the recession made jobs scarce, but the Kasich administration wants to exempt only those in 16 Ohio counties where the two-year average unemployment rate was more than 120 percent of the national rate, Johnson said.
Seems like a small, small step in the right direction.
 

hickslawns

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About dang time. I sure don't want to neglect anyone truly in need. I am just tired of seeing those able bodied people live off the system and expect it of others to support them being lazy.
 
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20 hours of volunteer work, they say that they don't have enough opportunities...

I've never seen a church that couldn't use 20 hours a week of cleaning. Or a soup kitchen that turns away volunteers. Or an old lady that doesn't let someone rake her leaves out of the goodness of their heart. Never seen a street without trash or butts on it, either. Seems like there is always weeding that could be done in our public parks.
 

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They will say the have no means of transportation, or can't afford gas, or something along those lines, and Probly get out of it. I think they need to make the guidelines for food stamps much stricter, and do something so the lazy ones that have kids, just to get more money can't do it anymore. I'm sick of knowing a portion of my check is going to some lazy low life's that have made mooching a lifestyle. I do understand that some people need help. I really do, and I'm willing to help, some. But the worthless ones just ruin everything.
 

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20 hours of volunteer work, they say that they don't have enough opportunities...

I've never seen a church that couldn't use 20 hours a week of cleaning. Or a soup kitchen that turns away volunteers. Or an old lady that doesn't let someone rake her leaves out of the goodness of their heart. Never seen a street without trash or butts on it, either. Seems like there is always weeding that could be done in our public parks.
There is enough trash aling 270 71 and 70 to keep them busy for a decade.
 

Milo

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They will say the have no means of transportation, or can't afford gas, or something along those lines, and Probly get out of it. I think they need to make the guidelines for food stamps much stricter, and do something so the lazy ones that have kids, just to get more money can't do it anymore. I'm sick of knowing a portion of my check is going to some lazy low life's that have made mooching a lifestyle. I do understand that some people need help. I really do, and I'm willing to help, some. But the worthless ones just ruin everything.
You should not be able to smoke, drink or dip on welfare. Test for nicotine before allowing them access to help
 

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The problem is most of them also have kids and are on social security disability. Food stamps isn't the only program they're milking. I know of two people on food stamps without kids. One is on SSDI so he's not affected he gets 100 a month is stamps. I know another guy on food stamps who isn't on SSDI and doesn't have kids he gets a whopping 16 bucks a month. This law is largely useless.
 
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The problem is most of them also have kids and are on social security disability. Food stamps isn't the only program they're milking. I know of two people on food stamps without kids. One is on SSDI so he's not affected he gets 100 a month is stamps. I know another guy on food stamps who isn't on SSDI and doesn't have kids he gets a whopping 16 bucks a month. This law is largely useless.
Isn't that $116 of savings right there?
 

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Isn't that $116 of savings right there?
No. The 100 dollar guy is on social security disability and not affected by this. So it's 16 bucks in savings. I bet 99% if those on stamps either have kids or are also milking disability. It's the people that have 4 kids and get 850 a month that's the problem. This law is nothing more than hot air.