There are two service areas in Oregon. One includes only the counties of Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington. The other service area is for all other counties in Oregon.
Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties
The majority of refugees in Oregon are initially resettled in the Portland Metro area of Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. Here services are provided through the Refugee Case Services Project (RCSP), which is a Public/Private Partnership between Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Voluntary Agencies (Volag) that resettle refugees in this part of the state. Cash services are administered by the Volag for the first eight months in the U.S. under a contract from Oregon's DHS. The Voluntary Agencies include:
English language, vocational training, employment supports, and job placement services are provided through the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) to refugees for their first 12 months of residence in the U.S.
In the RCSP services area, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered through DHS and medical eligibility is administered through OHA.
All other counties in Oregon
Refugees who reside outside Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties are served in the local DHS branch office for cash assistance and SNAP while referrals are made to locally contracted agencies for Employment Services and to OHA for medical coverage.