Reapply

RCJFS can only approve benefits for a certain number of months at a time, also known as your certification period. At the end of your certification period, you will receive a letter in the mail at the address we have on record telling you it is time to reapply for benefits.

The following instructions only apply to individuals or families that are currently receiving assistance, and have received a reapplication letter.

STEP 1: SUBMIT REQUEST TO REAPPLY

Once you receive your appointment letter in the mail, you will need to submit JFS 07204 to reapply for benefits. This form is included with your appointment letter.

You can submit the JFS 07204 the following ways:

  1. Online (best and fastest) through the ODJFS Online Benefit Application Portal. Select “My Case”.
  2. Paper Fill out a JFS 07204 and submit it the following ways:
    1. Email documents to Richland-Documents@jfs.ohio.gov.
    2. Fax documents to 419-774-0051.
    3. Mail documents to the address below.
    4. Deliver in person - documents can be placed in the exterior or interior drop box at:
      171 Park Ave East
      Mansfield, OH 44902
  3. Phone You may now complete the JFS 07204 during your phone interview by completing an audio signature.

STEP 2: GATHER VERIFICATION DOCUMENTS

As part of your reapplication, you may be required to verify some of your information, particularly if you have had a change in circumstances since your last application. The caseworker will help you identify the specific documents needed, but in general we will need to verify:

  • The last 30 days of your income (two bi-weekly, or four weekly pay checks)
  • If there is additional household members or fewer household members
  • If your employment has changed (lost or new job)
  • If you have moved, you must re-verify your shelter costs (mortgage, rent and utilities)

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

STEP 3: THE INTERVIEW

You will receive an appointment letter in the mail with a date and approximate time of your phone interview. The letter will specify if you should call us or if we will be calling you. The letter will list a window of time in which you will receive a phone call to complete the interview.

Most reapplication interviews are completed over the phone. The caseworker will ask you some questions and will identify the specific verification documents that are needed to continue your case. Please note that you can now complete the JFS 07204 during your interview by completing an audio signature.

STEP 4: RETURN ANY ADDITIONAL VERIFICATION DOCUMENTS

During your interview, your caseworker will identify 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.

  1. Email documents to Richland-Documents@jfs.ohio.gov.
  2. Fax documents to 419-774-0051.
  3. Mail documents to the address below.
  4. Deliver in person - documents can be placed in the exterior or interior drop box at:
    171 Park Ave East
    Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: 419-774-5400 
Fax: 419-774-0051
Hours of Operation: Monday‑Friday
8:00am‑4:00pm
Call Center Hours: Monday‑Friday
8:00am - 3:30pm

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