Ohio Works First

This program provides cash assistance for up to 36 months to low-income families with children under 19 and low-income pregnant women in their third trimester. It also provides skill development and job placement services. Participants are assigned to a work site for at least 20 hours per week that will help in developing skills for future employment. If the participant has not graduated from high school, he/she is assigned to a classroom to obtain a GED.


  • Assistance with daycare
  • Transportation
  • Job placement assistance
  • Training in interviewing and resume writing
  • Monthly cash benefit

How to Qualify:

  • Income eligible parents of children 18 years or younger
  • Income eligible parents of children up to 19 only if still in high school

How to Get Started:

Fill out an application and mail it in, call (513) 887-5600 or 1-800-582-4267 to obtain an application or apply in person at 315 High Street, 8th Floor, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

What to Bring:
For each person in the household bring:

  1. Completed application
  2. Three forms of id - example: birth certificate, Social Security card, driver's license, state id, and/or school record
  3. Verification of income
  4. Child care costs
  5. Legally obligated child support payments
  6. Verification of identity
  7. Verification of citizenship (birth certificate)
  8. Social security number
  9. Proof of residency

Contact Information:
Phone: (513) 887-5600 or 1-800-582-4267