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DHS news release


Dec. 10, 2007

Contact: Greg Parker, 503-945-6955

Oregon Disaster Food Stamps: now available!

(Columbia and Tillamook counties)

At the request of Governor Kulongoski, President Bush has declared a major disaster for the State of Oregon. The declaration is a result of the severe storm and flooding which began on December 1, 2007, and resulted in major damage in Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook and Yamhill counties.

Effective today, the two counties affected by this disaster (Tillamook and Columbia) will be able to apply for emergency Food Stamp Disaster Assistance Program. If you live or work in one of the affected counties and currently receive food stamps, you may be eligible to receive a supplement to your December food stamps.

If you live or work in one of the affected counties and do not currently receive food stamps, you can apply for the Disaster Food Stamp Program. Only individuals who lived or worked in one of the affected areas and experienced damage to their property resulting in disaster-related expenses or have a loss of job or income will receive Disaster Food Stamp Program benefits.

Residents can apply for benefits in the Department of Human Services office nearest them. Additionally, a temporary satellite office is operating out of the City Hall in Vernonia, Oregon. The address is 1001 Bridge Street, Vernonia, OR 97064.

For information on eligibility, office locations and how to apply, call Oregon SafeNet toll-free at 1-800-SAFENET (1-800-723-3638).