Helpful Resources for Individuals! - CASTO

Updated: April 24

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted so many individuals and businesses within the community. Some are struggling in many ways including mentally, physically, financially and more. The following resources are available to hopefully lessen the burden that individuals have given the current circumstances.


  • CARES Act provides cash payments: Most individuals earning less than $75,000 can expect a one-time cash payment of $1,200 ($2,400 for joint taxpayers). Married couples would each receive a check and families would get $500 per child, so a family of four earning less than $150,000 can expect $3,400. 
  • Ohio Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits   
    • Description: Unemployment Insurance is an employer-paid insurance program that helps workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. It provides temporary income to qualified individuals while they are looking for other work.  
    • Increased Benefits: The CARES Act provides most individuals an emergency increase in traditional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits of $600 per week through July 31, 2020 (on top of State benefits). The Act also created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment insurance to people not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment compensation (including the self-employed and those who have exhausted their regular and extended benefits). 
    • Requirements: In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Ohio during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by the guidelines. You must also be able, available and actively seeking work for each week that you are collecting benefits. 
    • Application: To apply and expedite the claims process for those laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemicclick hereCall toll-free 1-877-644-6562, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Temporary Student Loan Relief: All loan and interest payments are anticipated to be deferred through September 30 without penalty to the borrower for all federally owned student loans 
  • Tax Extension Deadline: The income tax deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020 without penalties and interest.