How does DHS Self-Sufficiency Program define Domestic Violence?
It includes hurting, threatening or putting someone down or making them afraid. It also includes trying to control them or make them do things. The abuse can get worse over time. Domestic violence can happen between people in a family, intimate partners, or other people who live in the same house.
What does the program do?
The program provides temporary financial help to support families whose safety is at risk due to domestic violence. Most often this is when the domestic violence survivor and the children are fleeing domestic violence or at risk of returning to an abusive situation.
What help does the program provide?
The program can help with up to $1200.00 over a 90 day eligibility period. Payments are given directly to the landlord or other service provider.
The program can help with housing related payments when there is or has been a domestic violence situation. (including deposits, rents and utilities)
Relocation costs. (including moving costs and other travel costs)
Replacement of personal or household items left behind when the victim and children have fled if items are not available from another source. (clothing, hygiene items, essential furniture items)
Purchase of items that help address safety. (including new locks, motion detectors, P.O. Boxes)
Can you get help more than once a year?
Yes, if there is a current safety risk due to domestic violence. These requests are staffed with the central office policy analyst. The analyst will help the field staff identify any gaps in previous planning around safety.
Who is eligible for the program?
A person fleeing domestic violence or a person trying to stay safe from domestic violence whose safety is at risk because of domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence. The person must also fit the following criteria:
Be a parent or relative caring for a minor child or a pregnant woman
Meet the income criteria for the program. (This program looks only at income on hand that is available to meet any emergency needs.)
Be a resident of Oregon.
Contact your local DHS Self-Sufficiency office. You can find a list of local offices at www.oregon.gov/DHS/localoffices/index.shtml. Look under Children, Adults and Families for the closest self-sufficiency office.