Department of Human Services 2013-2015 Budget Information
Oregonians access self-sufficiency services when they are in need and have no other alternatives.
We served over one million Oregonians last year through our Self-Sufficiency programs. Most
Oregonians need help meeting needs such as nutritious food – over 800,000 just this month – or
basic supplies through cash assistance for families with children living in extreme poverty such
as toothpaste, bedding, and other basic hygiene needs, or assistance with quality child care so
parents can remain employed and maintain a path of financial stability. Self-sufficiency
programs also help low-income families impacted by domestic violence or refugees seeking a
safe area to live. Some programs require involvement in employment services or job training to
help individuals move as quickly as possible to supporting themselves and their families.
These programs are designed to help break the cycle of poverty, help Oregonians transition to
jobs, support the healthy development of young children and help keep families stable,
preventing children from being abused or neglected and from requiring out-of-home placement
in more expensive foster care. The economic recession triggered a dramatic increase in demand
from Oregonians. For example, the number of Oregon families in extreme poverty seeking cash assistance is 80 percent higher than prior to the start of the current recession.
We have prepared a strategic budget to focus on reinvestment in programs that accomplish two
primary objectives: 1) stabilize and help Oregonians meet their basic needs; and 2) help people
gain jobs and become self-sufficient as quickly as possible.