Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.


Mobile Benefit Bank

Navigating the public benefits system can be complicated and challenging. The Mobile Benefit Bank staff can provide easy access to available public benefits for low-income and moderate-income people. Staff members with laptops, printers, cell phones, and mobile Internet access travel to events and activities throughout Lucas County. When working with someone from the Mobile Benefits Bank, you are screened immediately to determine your eligibility for government benefits.

By using the Ohio Benefit Bank’s Web-based program, the Mobile Benefit Bank staff are able to assist seniors, the disabled, and families with children who are not accessing the public benefits for which they may be eligible.

The Mobile Benefit Bank staff can assist you with applying for:

  • Food Stamps;
  • WIC (Women, Infants, Children);
  • Medical assistance;
  • Senior Community Service Employment;
  • Cash assistance;
  • Golden Buckeye Card;
  • Nutrition assistance;
  • Childcare assistance;
  • Home energy assistance;
  • Voter registration; and
  • Best Rx, prescription assistance.

A legal assessment is also completed and then reviewed by legal aid attorneys who determines if you have a need for ongoing legal assistance. Legal help may include:

  • Bankruptcy;
  • Consumer debt;
  • Domestic violence and divorce;
  • Foreclosure prevention;
  • Landlord tenant issues;
  • Housing issues;
  • Immigration; and
  • Living wills and Power of Attorneys.

The Mobile Benefit Bank is a joint project of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO). The project is supported in part by ABLE, LAWO, United Way of Greater Toledo, the Toledo Community Foundation, and the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services.

The Ohio Benefit Bank is made available through a partnership among the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, and other faith-based, nonprofit, governmental, and private sector partners.

Contact the Mobile Benefit Bank

If you are having a community event and would like to include the Mobile Benefit Bank, call (419) 255-0814 to schedule an appointment.