Financial Assistance Available for Flood Victims

Cleveland, OH - Good news for victims of recent flooding.

Governor Ted Strickland announced on Friday that disaster assistance is available through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for victims of the recent floods and severe weather in Cuyahoga County.

"Governor Strickland's response to our community's needs has been timely, and will certainly prove critical to many families who are eager to put the effects of the recent storms behind them," Brady said after the announcement.

Flood victims residing in Cuyahoga County may apply for one of two types of disaster assistance:

  • Families: may qualify for up to $1,500 in disaster assistance.
  • Elderly and disabled: may qualify for up to $750 in disaster assistance.

Each year, ODJFS reserves $5 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding for disaster victims in counties declared in a state of emergency. In order to be eligible for up to $1,500 in TANF disaster assistance money, families must include a minor child, or pregnant woman, and have evidence of economic need.

Elderly and disabled individuals in these counties who are not eligible for TANF assistance may be eligible for one-time cash assistance of up to $750. Only one payment may be made per household. Ohioans impacted by severe weather who are at least 55 years old and childless or receiving certain disability benefits and can provide evidence of an economic need to the county department of job and family services may be eligible for this type of assistance.

Applications will be accepted at Cuyahoga County Departments of Job and Family Services. Please call 216-987-7000 for more information.