Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mobile Express Press Release

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For Immediate Release: Friday, August 07, 2009
Contact: Lauren McMillin, Legislative Aide (614) 466-1790

Ohio Benefit Bank Mobile Van to Visit Rep. Dyer Town Hall Meeting
Constituents Can Apply for State Services on the Spot

COLUMBUS – State Representative Stephen Dyer (D-Green) today announced the Ohio Benefit Bank Mobile Van will be on hand for a Town Hall Meeting at the Tallmadge Public Library on August 17.

“I am pleased to add this service to my upcoming Town Hall Meeting in Tallmadge,” said Rep. Dyer. “The Benefit Bank can help residents sign up for services and get assistance from the state through a number of programs. This is the first time this unique mobile unit has come to a town hall meeting anywhere in Ohio.” The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) is a public-private partnership that helps connect low and moderate-income Ohioans with free tax preparation and access to potential public benefits and work supports.

Trained Benefit Bank counselors will be on hand to assist constituents. Residents can check potential eligibility for work support benefits such health care coverage, home energy assistance, child care subsidies and food stamps in a confidential setting. Counselors also help prepare and file federal and Ohio income tax returns at no cost to eligible Ohioans.

Rep. Dyer’s Town Hall Meeting will run from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at the Tallmadge Public Library, 90 Community Rd. Tallmadge, Ohio 44278 on August 17, 2009. The van will be in the parking lot during that time to offer residents a private place to meet with a Benefit Bank counselor.

Since beginning operations, the Benefit Bank has helped more than 70,000 Ohioans access more than $120 million in tax credits and other work supports. However, more than $1.6 billion in tax credits and other supports go unclaimed by eligible Ohioans who do not apply.

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