Oregon TANF

Oregon TANF offers temporary cash assistance to Oregon’s neediest families with children up to age 18 as well as pregnant women with very few assets and little or no income.

Cash assistance is intended to meet a family’s ongoing basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and utilities while they work toward self-sufficiency.

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.


Who is eligible for TANF in Oregon? #

To be eligible for TANF in Oregon, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or legal alien, or permanent resident.
  2. Be a resident of the state of 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.

What is the income limit for TANF in Oregon? #

In Oregon, a family is considered “needy” when their net countable income is less than $616 a month for a family of three.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $345
  • 2 $499
  • 3 $616
  • 4 $795
  • 5 $932
  • 6 $1,060
  • 7 $1,206
  • 8 $1,346

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 with no income 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 not more than 60 months (5 years).

How do I apply for TANF in Oregon? #

Application for TANF can be done online at One Oregon, or in person at your local DHS Self-sufficiency office. Once your application is received, a case worker will arrange an "intake appointment" 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.

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