Title 5901 Veterans – Military Affairs of the Ohio Revised Code, requires each County Veterans Service Commission/Office to establish and administer a immediate assistance program, financial or otherwise. As such, each county develops its own policies and guidelines regarding financial assistance and is NOT bound by the policies of any other county.
In Medina County, you may be eligible for assistance in the following areas:
- Rent/Mortgage (Nursing Home & Assisted Living or Domicile is exempt)
- Dental (MCHD)
- Medical (requires commission review)
- Other emergency services
Each applicant for financial assistance must meet the definition of a veteran as defined by Title 5901.01 of the Ohio Revised Code or be an Active Duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States, the spouse or surviving spouse, a dependent parent, minor child, or ward of the veteran or the Active Duty member.
The Commission has developed a set of guidelines that is applied to every eligible applicant. It is applied across the board, and exceptions to policy are made ONLY when the Commission determines that the individual situation warrants such an exception.
This program is one of temporary, immediate financial assistance. It is not a long term assistance program and it is not a subsidy program. Assistance will normally not be provided for more than three (3) months per application year unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Furthermore assistance will not be granted for more than thirty-six (36) months in any sixty (60) month period.
Applicants who are eligible for long term assistance programs administered by other agencies will be required to apply for those assistance programs.
Every applicant for financial assistance is required to complete a formal application and provide a complete financial disclosure for all members of his/her household. Failure to provide all required information may result in denial of the application.
a. A financial assistance applicant who has been denied assistance by a Case Manager may appeal the denial to the Director/Veterans Service Officer. If the denial is upheld, the applicant may appeal to the Veterans Service Commission. In each case, a signed appeal shall be written and submitted on the form provided (Policy Letter # 2). An appeal to the Service Officer shall be addressed promptly by appointment. An appeal to the Veterans Service Commission shall be handled at the next regularly scheduled board meeting (2nd Thursday of every month at 4:00 PM; unless it falls on a holiday).
Financial assistance applications are taken on a walk in basis but appointments are recommended.
- 4.1 Financial Assistance Booklet (effective July 1, 2020)
- U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines must be met in order to approve immediate assistance. (guidelines are published yearly at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines)
- A chart with percentages (e.g., 125 percent) of the guidelines (PDF)
- Download the Financial Assistance Application Packet