Washington Co. Welfare Staying Steady

By: Brittany Lowe Email
By: Brittany Lowe Email

Recent reports show Ohio's welfare has seen an 18 percent drop over the past year. But Washington County isn't part of the statistic... for good reason.

The reports show welfare has dropped because the majority have failed to meet work requirements.

Washington County's Job and Family Services says Washington County has been at the same rate for years because of the philosophy to put people to work first.

They say the entire staff works hard to find jobs for everyone who applies so those people are given jobs instead of money.

"A taxpayer can see today, okay my taxes are going for people to help people get a job, versus my taxes are going to an individual that I'm just handing a check to. So I mean as a tax payer myself I'd rather see these individuals going to work, and knowing that my tax dollars are helping that individual find a job, continue that employment," explains the director of Washington County's Job and Family services Tom Ballenge.

Ohio reports show about 40 percent of able welfare recipients are working or in job training state wide, Washington County says nearly everybody who is able is working.


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  • by TiredOdStupid Location: Marietta on Apr 7, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    The entire government assistance program is a joke. It's designed to cater to deadbeat, lazy mooches who can't seem to get up off their rear ends and earn an honest living. It's designed to steal from the honest and hardworking citizens. It's a fabricated, delusion of "helping" ones that have run into times of "hardship". Now, don't get me wrong...I know that there are people that actually need to take advantage of the program. But the dishonest claims far outweigh the honest ones. It makes me sick.
  • by Jason on Apr 6, 2012 at 07:47 PM
    Drug testing for welfare would eliminate a bunch of this "working the system". Let your senators and representatives know. Keep calling and writing them.
  • by Rollo Location: Marietta on Apr 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    This article is so untrue. I see for a fact, everyday so many folks on the system that have no intention of working. They fake a disability get a handicapped placard and then live if of the rest of us from then on. They have new computers TVs and spend lots on lottery tickets. The best solution would be to end all government assistance. Then folks would actually get a job. I almost puked when I read this story.
  • by concernpar Location: marietta on Apr 6, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    SSI is determined by Social Security.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    Washington County is a joke.
  • by K on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:18 PM
    Washington county would probably have less on the welfare system if they would investigate the ones on it now I know for a fact of one who is scamming the system now and has been reported but Washington county must not care this person has been reported but still has benefits handed to them I just think it is pathetic when there r some out there who really need the help and can't get it bc they try to do it the legal way
  • by anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 at 08:17 PM
    This is so not true. They say that majority of people r workin when on this haha. Thats a joke n so r the people down there. Try takin a look a people in marietta living off the system because they have kids. I can name at least five. That place is a joke and sad my taxes goes to certain people who have four kids gettin social security hud food stamps n welfare and not required to work. And laughs cause she worked the system. How sad are they. Maybe they should stop denying the hard workers and take a look at those who arent.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 at 05:45 PM
    and where or who do you report the ones that you know are able to work but are cheating the system............? please provide some info
  • by Doubtful Location: Washington Cty. on Apr 5, 2012 at 04:49 PM
    I do not believe that every able bodied person is working. That fact reads good. But, the number of people receiving federal SSI, and the number of people seen idling about convinces me that this was a good story; but, I cannot believe your statistics.
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