Applying for food, cash and medical assistance through Hamilton County is a several step process. Please read the following information carefully to ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible. Please note it may take up to 30 days to complete your application. We complete cases in the order that they are received and when all verification documents have been received.

Step 1: Submit an Application

You can submit your application in the following ways:

  • Online (Link located below at the end of the instructions) through the ODJFS Online Benefit Application Portal. Select “Apply for Benefits”. After completing the application, continue with steps 2 through 4.
  • Print an application (Link located below at the end of the instructions) and return through:
Fax

Fax your signed application to (513) 946-1076
(Applications can be faxed from any Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County branch free of charge)

Deliver in person

Signed applications can be scanned at the HCJFS kiosk in the lobby at HCJFS’s main location:

222 East Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Mail

Signed applications can also be mailed to the address above

If you are applying for Medicaid, your tax status information is needed. Please complete the MAGI Tax Information Worksheet and submit with your application.

Step 2: Gather Verification Documents

As part of the application, you will need to submit a number of verification documents. The specific documents accepted are listed in the application, but in general we will need to verify:

  • Who is in the household
  • All household income, and
  • Basic information such as identity, Social Security Number(s) and Birth Verification(s)

Please write your name and case number or social security number on all verification documents.

Step 3: The Interview

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a letter in the mail giving you an appointment date and time for you to come in and complete a face-to-face interview with a caseworker. That appointment will generally be within two weeks of the submission of your application*.

  • PLEASE BRING YOUR VERIFICATION DOCUMENTS TO THE INTERVIEW
  • Your interview will be held on the second floor of Hamilton County Job and Family Services at 222 East Central Parkway.
  • Interviews generally take about 90 minutes. If you are applying for cash assistance, you will be asked to stay an additional hour to go over work requirements for cash assistance.
  • During the interview, your caseworker will be able to answer any questions you may have about the application process.

* Please note: Applications for waiver Medicaid and for those in nursing homes are scheduled separately and will not necessarily fall into these timeframes. Certain other Medicaid applications for benefits may be completed without an actual interview. If yours fits the criteria, you will be notified accordingly.

Step 4: Return any Additional Verification Documents

At the end of your interview, your caseworker will give you a checklist of any additional verification documents we need to complete your case. The sooner you return the verification documents, the sooner your case can be completed.

Return those verification documents to us with your name and case number or social security number on ALL documents.

Fax

Fax your documents to (513) 946-1076
(Applications can be faxed from any Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County branch free of charge)

Deliver in person

Documents can be scanned at HCJFS’s agency kiosk at HCJFS’s main location:

222 East Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Apply Online Now 

Select “Apply for Benefits”

Print an application 

Select “Request for Cash, Food and Medical Assistance (with Voter Registration)

Correlates to HCJFS 7819

In some cases, you may want to apply to receive Medicaid without applying for cash or food assistance. By visting www.benefits.ohio.gov, you can apply for Medicaid only, without applying for cash or food assistance at the same time.

To apply through the site, click “Check your eligibility” and follow the prompts.

Visit Benefits.ohio.gov