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5.8 Jim Ashmore 1

  1. 1. All About Benefits: Maximizing Income for Homeless Households<br /> Theories, Ideas and Best Practices<br /> from <br />Hamilton County (Cincinnati), Ohio<br />Agenda:<br /><ul><li>About Hamilton County (specifically Job and Family Services)</li></ul>-Quadruple combined agency which includes; Public Asst, Child Support, Child Welfare and Workforce Development<br />-Nearly 1600 Employees in mid 2008 / Less than 800 now<br />-Dedicated to meeting consumers “where they are”<br /><ul><li>Our basic ideas</li></ul>-Strong social media efforts (informative web site, twitter and facebook)<br />-Allow residents to get as much information about our programs as possible before applying<br />-Subscribe to the “Duck University” philosophy<br /> 3) Best practices<br />-Work Participation: including “Solutions” for the Homeless <br />-Library Fax initiative (41 branches in Hamilton County)<br />-Bold Chat<br />-Self-Serve Application (statewide)<br />-SafeLink Wireless Phones / www.safelinkwireless.com <br />-Work with the community (Planning Committee, etc.)<br />-Explain the value of available benefits<br />-Explain our realities, admit mistakes and, most importantly…. never forget why we’re here! <br />Notes:<br />-Our web site: www.hcjfs.org <br />-Speaker contact Information; Jim Ashmore (513) 946-1858 or via e-mail at ashmoj@jfs.hamilton-co.org <br />

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