Ohio Has Thrown 40,000 Children Off Key Social Safety Net Program Since 2011

The Nation’s Greg Kaufman reports that “since January 2011, Ohio has thrown nearly 70,000 people — including 40,000 children — off of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program, called Ohio Works First (OWF).” This amounts to nearly 25 percent of the state’s caseload, and is more that the total TANF roll in 39 other states. “You can imagine if someone announced they were going to throw all the children in Virginia off of cash assistance it would be national news. But that many get thrown off in Ohio and it’s barely even local news,” said Jack Frech, director of the Athens County [Ohio] Department of Job and Family Services,