NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (May 31, 2023) – Tuscarawas County’s JFS office is extending a helping hand to the 75 people whose lives were upended by Sunday’s fire at the Jaycee Village apartments.
Eligibility Referral Supervisor Debbie Whitney says the agency has funding available through its Prevention, Retention, and Contingency program to buy clothing and other needed items for affected families.
“We work directly with Walmart for those purchases. Personal need items, we could explore that. This program is specifically for individuals with children, though.”
You can stop by the JFS Office to complete the application and required eligibility screening interview. Whitney says there’s also a separate, one-page claim form tenants can fill out to request replacement SNAP benefits if they lost food they purchased with their card.
“They actually have 10 days from the loss to report it and then 10 days to get the form completed, so I would encourage anybody just within 10 days of the date of that fire to get in and do the form because that’s going to be the quickest way to get those benefits right on their card.”
Organic Church is collecting clothing and hygiene products for the individuals and families displaced by Sunday’s fire, who are also being assisted by the American Red Cross.