Oregon TANF

Oregon TANF offers temporary cash assistance to Oregon’s neediest families with children up to age 18 as well as pregnant women.

Cash assistance is intended to meet a family’s basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and utilities.

As a condition of eligibility, all TANF recipients must participate in the JOBS employment and training program for a minimum average of 30 hours of work-related activities per week, unless otherwise exempted.


How do you qualify for welfare in Oregon? #


To qualify for welfare in Oregon, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or legal alien, or permanent resident
  2. Live in Oregon
  3. Be responsible for a child under 19 years of age
  4. Be unemployed or under employed (working for very low wages)
  5. Have income and assets below TANF limits

How much TANF can I get in Oregon? #


To qualify for TANF, families must have very few assets with little or no income. The current maximum monthly benefit for a family of three is $506.

How long can I get TANF in Oregon? #


TANF cash assistance is intended to be a temporary means of support while families work towards self- sufficiency. Under the law, Oregon limits receipt of TANF assistance to a total of five years (60 months).

How do I apply for welfare in Oregon? #


Due to public health concerns related to​ the coronavirus (COVID-19), you are encouraged to apply o​nline, call your local office before applying in person.

Once your application is received, a case worker will arrange an interview to determine your eligibility.

If you are eligible, you will receive an electronic EBT card, known as “Oregon Trail Card”, that is preloaded monthly with cash benefits.