Oregon Department of Human Services | Benefits and Assistance

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Apply online or call your local office before applying in person. Many of our rules have changed because of the state of emergency. Please call your local office for help with any questions.

 Food, Cash and Child Care

Apply for food, cash and child care assistance in one place.

Food/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • SNAP benefits can be used to buy food
  • People with low incomes are eligible
  • Access SNAP benefits on an Oregon Trail card that can be used like a debit card
  • Maximum benefits in September for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers
    • To help with continued impacts to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAP customers will get the maximum amount of monthly benefits in September
    • Maximum benefit amounts are based on the number of eligible people in the household
Number in Household 1 2 3 4 5 Each Additional Person
Maximum Benefit $194 $355 $509 $646 $768 +$146
    • Extra payments will be issued for:
      • September 11 for all current SNAP households not receiving SNAP maximum allotment
      • September 30 for SNAP households not receiving SNAP maximum allotment that did not receive an emergency allotment on September 11
    • If you already get the maximum benefits you will not get an extra payment.

Cash Assistance
Cash benefits are available through:
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - for pregnant women and families with low income
  • Refugee Program – for individuals who have a qualifying refugee status. Individuals are eligible for benefits for up to eight months after their qualifying refugee status was granted
  • Can be used as cash on your Oregon Trail Card, with some limitations
Child Care/Employment Related Day Care (ERDC)
  • Helps low-income working families pay for childcare
  • Increased income limits and $0 copay amounts during state of emergency
  • ERDC can pay for registration fees

 Helping to feed Oregon's children with Pandemic-EBT

Pandemic-EBT benefits is a program for students eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school can get food benefits. This is in addition to their pickup meals from school. More information.

 Domestic Violence Assistance

For families whose safety is at risk due to domestic violence. Most often this is when domestic violence survivors are fleeing domestic violence or are at risk of returning to an abusive situation. Can help pay for:
  • Relocation costs. For example, deposits for rent and utilities, replacement of items left behind like clothes and furniture.
  • Items that help address safety. For example, new locks, security cameras or post office boxes.
Assistance will vary based on your situation; your worker will explain how benefits can be used

For safety planning, referrals to local programs and to find service providers: The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can contact an advocate:
  • By phone at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
  • Through the Hotline website chat feature

 Foster Families

Families and youth impacted by foster care may request support from My NeighbOR, a project through Every Child and in partnership with Oregon Department of Human Services. Please connect with your caseworker to submit a need.

Those interested in donating to help a foster family can visit https://everychildoregon.org/donate/


The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) provides health care coverage for Oregonians from all walks of life. This includes working families, children, pregnant women and single adults.

Apply for OHP and learn about OHP benefits.

For additional resources, contact 211info:

Call 211
Text your zip code to 898211

Accessibility: Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) programs and services. DHS provides free help. Some examples of the free help DHS can provide are: sign language and spoken language interpreters, written materials in other languages, Braille, large print, audio and other formats. If you need help or have questions, please contact us at ADA.dhs@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Updated on October 22nd, 2020 12:47PM