10,000 Ohioans lose food stamps over work rules

“We need to establish tens of thousands of work opportunities for folks with multiple barriers to meeting the new requirements”
Associated Press
Jan 25, 2014
Thousands of poor Ohio residents have lost food stamp benefits for not fulfilling work requirements, and the number is expected to rise in the coming months.

More than 10,000 people lost the benefits this month as Ohio began enforcing work requirements that had been waived in recent years as the troubled economy made it tougher to find jobs, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

The state said about 140,000 adults who don’t have dependent children now can get the assistance only if they spend at least 20 hours working, attending class or job training, or volunteering each week. Statewide, about 1.8 million people get food stamps.

Thousands more food stamp recipients are expected to lose the benefits soon because they haven’t gone through an assessment of whether the work rules apply to them or they are exempt. For some, caseworkers with large caseloads haven’t finished the assessments. Other recipients haven’t shown up for assessments as requested in notification letters.

“The overwhelming majority (of food stamp recipients) — 75 percent in some counties — didn’t respond to the request for an assessment,” said Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association. “Of those who are showing up, about half are being exempted”

Another challenge in the process is fitting thousands more people into the state’s work force-development system, the newspaper said.

“We need to establish tens of thousands of work opportunities for folks with multiple barriers to meeting the new requirements,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Those barriers include a lack of Internet and email access, criminal records and extended unemployment.

Gov. John Kasich’s administration decided last year it would reinstate the work rules in most Ohio counties because the economy had improved.

Comments

starryeyes83

Would you please shut up and PAY for all of the baby factory freeloaders yourself.

deertracker

The only way "able bodied people" can "suck" the system dry is the majority receiving help are actually the culprits. Make sense? NO!

queen

@ Unassumer
Based on the figures provided, two adults making $9 could pay those bills. They would gross $720/wk or $3120/mo ($720 x 52wks/12 mos), approximately $2496 after taxes.

Unassumer

yes, two adults, not one single mother with a couple of kids.

queen

The scenario you described was a family of four.

sugar

We DON"T mind helping those people, at least they are trying.

The Big Dog's back

The CONservative way: When someone is struggling, step on their neck.

Darwin's choice

The democrat way.....punish people for existing, make them struggle, then claim it's for their own good......

hope and change......

capcap

Try again people..Most retail,Fastfood chains are only giving up 24hr a week due to per ObamaCare. Meijer is one of them getting up to 24hrs work only to employee's.At min-wages, Then when hired they tell you, you can't work at another retail store while working here?? WTF I am 53yr lost everything in 2006 due to job cuts, who going to hire me, and how am I to eat,pay rent,med???

Contango

The liberal way:

Tax what you don't want, subsidize what you do want.

The progressive-socialists won't be satisfied until EVERYONE is beholding to the govt.

Then few if any will vote against their own self-interests.

deertracker

Sad. Seems like most of you missed the most important paragraph in the article. We all know freeloaders exist but they definitely are not in the majority. Seems like most that can be assessed don't even bother with it which means they are willing to fend for themselves. Lots of people had to adjust to a different lifestyle after losing their jobs. Those same people need temporary help and it should be available to them.

capcap has a valid point about potential employment at 53.

Contango

Re: "temporary help"

Would that definition also include some who are going on four yrs. of extended unemployment benefits?

deertracker

Yes, it would.

JudgeMeNot

I wish the number was higher. No more trading food stamps for alcohol, drugs and cash by the worthless scumbags dreecrapper likes to defend.

deertracker

Drug dealers do not accept foodstamps for drugs. Not any smart ones. You can't buy alcohol with foodstamps. If I give you cash that is not a trade, it is a purchase. You are assuming that person is going to buy drugs but you have no way of knowing that. NAP TIME FOR YOU! Night night don't let the bedbugs bite!!

Unassumer

The cost of welfare on each taxpayer will vary from person to person, depending on their annual income. However, about 7% of what you make per year goes towards welfare. For example, every dollar you make, 7 cents of that dollar goes towards welfare.

grandmasgirl

"The state said about 140,000 adults who don’t have dependent children now can get the assistance only if they spend at least 20 hours working, attending class or job training, or volunteering each week. Statewide, about 1.8 million people get food stamps."
I don't think it is unreasonable for these people to do one of the above mentioned acts. There is always lots of volunteer work. Also, if up to 75% of the people never even responded, that tells me that they have been on assistance so long, the don't think the government would DARE to take away their benefits.

ohioengineer

This article shows just how distorted the entire business of welfare has become in this nation. Even the headline of the article "10,000 Ohioans lose food stamps over work rules" distorts and prejudices the discussion. This is not about losing food stamps; rather it is about an entire underclass of citizens in this country who have lost the ability to do anything for themselves. Unlike what the headline implies, these people are not being forced to actually get a job (Heaven forbid!), but are simply being asked to take some positive steps in their lives. The law is actually quite broad - as noted in the following: "The state said about 140,000 adults who don’t have dependent children now can get the assistance only if they spend at least 20 hours working, attending class or job training, or volunteering each week."

So the only way that people CANNOT qualify for food stamps is if they (1) don't have kids, (2) don't work, (3) don't go to school, (4) don't get job training or (5) don't volunteer. The state is actually making it easy to get food stamps - you just have to DO SOMETHING!

Which brings up another point: according to the article “The overwhelming majority (of food stamp recipients) — 75 percent in some counties — didn’t respond to the request for an assessment,” said Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association. In other words, the vast majority of food stamp recipients couldn't even be bothered with putting a checkmark on a piece of paper and returning it in a pre-addressed envelope. And we are supposed to believe that the majority of food stamp recipients are hard-working Americans who have just fallen on hard times. Give me a break!

Peninsula Pundit

One way to dramatically cut the rolls of the working poor is to ensure that the wages they are paid is sufficient to make the employees ineligible for public assistance.
This would properly put the financial onus on the employer and take the burden off the taxpayer.
As it is now, the Obama govt is subsidizing corporations.
Who da thunk it?

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