Ohio Benefits Bank
The Ohio Benefits Bank (OBB) is a web-based computer program to connect low and moderate-income Ohioans with access to work supports such as tax credits and public benefits. The OBB is offered through a public-private partnership between the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks and over 1000 faith-based, nonprofit, governmental and private-sector partners. Ohioans can also check potential eligibility and apply for other work support benefits such as health care coverage, home energy assistance, child care subsidies, and food assistance. Trained counselors staff Benefit Bank sites in all of Ohio’s 88 counties where they help prepare and file federal and Ohio income tax returns at no cost to eligible Ohioans. Free income tax assistance is also available through an online, self-service program. APDS clinical facilitators have been trained to provide Benefits Banks services to APDS clients only because of our high caseload per clinician for counseling and education services.