Oregon Department of Human Services | Benefits and Assistance

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)
  • Did you lose food purchased with SNAP benefits due to storms, flooding, power outages or fires? Find out about replacement benefits by calling 800-699-9075
  • SNAP benefits can be used to buy food
  • Access SNAP benefits on an Oregon Trail card that can be used like a debit card
  • Emergency Allotments continue in March 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 February
    • Maximum benefit amounts are based on the number of eligible people in the household
Number in Household 1 2 3 4 5
Maximum Benefit $234 $430 $616 $782 $929
    • Extra payments will be issued for:
      • February 11 for all current SNAP households not receiving SNAP maximum allotment
      • February 26 for SNAP households not receiving SNAP maximum allotment that did not receive an emergency allotment on February 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. Learn more about extra pandemic benefits.

 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: For individuals with disabilities or individuals who speak a language other than English, Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) can provide information in alternate formats such as translations, large print or braille. For assistance, please contact the ODHS Office of Equity and Multicultural Services (OEMS) Language Services, Melissa Gomez, at 503-269-0902, 711 TTY or at OEMSLanguage.Services@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Updated on September 2nd, 2021 12:50PM