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Cash Assistance

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The TANF program provides cash assistance to low-income families with children while they strive to become self-sufficient. Cash assistance is intended to meet a family’s basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and utilities. Most cash benefits in Oregon are issued via an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. This is also known as an Oregon Trail Card.

Information for applicants and recipients

Eligibility and how to apply

Using your Oregon Trail Card

  • How to use the Oregon Trail Card
  • What to do if your card is lost, stolen or damaged
  • Using your PIN
  • Keeping your card safe, and more

Other programs

Child Support and TANF - Child support services are available to both custodial and noncustodial parents.

Employment and TANF - Most people who receive TANF benefits are required to participate in the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) program

Additional resources

Family Support and Connections assigns a local family advocate to help families identify and overcome challenges.

Oregon Helps – An online pre-screener to help you find out if you may be eligible for other programs that serve families and children.

See more resources