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TANF Oregon

Information on TANF Oregon Program.  Oregon TANF is also called Oregon Cash Assistance

TANF Oregon is a support service for Oregon families.  The purpose of TANF (Temporarily Assistance to Needy Families) Oregon is to provide financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children and the parents or relatives with whom they are living.  Eligible TANF households receive monthly cash and Medicaid benefits. TANF uses state funds to provide cash assistance to families.

Under TANF, eligible adults are limited to receiving benefits for a total of 60 months in their lifetime, including months of TANF-funded assistance granted in other states. Once this limit is reached, that adult and all members of his or her FA household are ineligible to receive any more TANF benefits. The 60 months need not be consecutive, but rather each individual month in which TANF-funded benefits are received is included in the lifetime count

Do You Qualify for TANF Oregon?

To qualify for Oregon TANF:

  • you must be a resident of Oregon,
  • either pregnant OR responsible for a child under 19 years of age,
  • a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident,
  • have low or very low income,
  • and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

TANF Oregon Application Process:

  • The TANF application process starts with a request. The request may be in the form of a phone call, visit, or written request by you or another person or agency acting on your behalf. The date of request is the date the request for benefits is received by the Division. You must apply at the branch serving the area in which your family lives or works. The application process is completed when you fill out, sign the application form, have a face-to-face interview and provide the necessary information and verification within 45 days.

    For an application, contact the Oregon Department of Human Services at 503-945-5651 or contact your local DHS Self-sufficiency office:

    Program Contact Information

    See also Oregon Helps, a website that can help you find out if you might be eligible for several programs that serve families and children:http://www.oregonhelps.org/