YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A deal is nearly in place to provide another way for folks receiving government assistance to meet their requirements.
Administrators with the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services say they are finalizing an agreement with the city of Youngstown to provide work for clients who now receive food stamps and other benefits.
Clients are expected to perform 20 to 30 hours of work each week to maintain their eligibility, and the city is expected to bring on about a dozen people for its part of the program.
“They will be patching holes in the downtown area and doing a lot of litter and cleaning of the downtown area through the week,” said Bob Bush with ODJFS. “They are looking to do some work on Saturdays and Sundays, and they are going to be doing some grass cutting once the weather changes.
Bush says those hired by the city will have to undergo background checks and drug testing.
Clients already work for a number of other entities including the Salvation Army, the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority and the city of Struthers.