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​​​​​​About TA​NF

TANF (​Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) provides cash benefits to low-​income families with children. These benefits help meet a family's basic needs like food, clothing, rent and utilities while they work toward self-sufficiency.

  • ​Benefits are issued on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. This is also called an Oregon Trail Card. It can be used like a debit card.
  • The​ maximum monthly benefit for a family of three is $506.
  • Most people who get cash benefits are also in the JOBS program. This program helps people find a job.


TANF is for families that:

  • ​Live in Oregon
  • Have low income and very few assets
  • Are either:
    • 18 or younger and head of their household, or
    • Are pregnant, or
    • Have a child who is 18 or younger

​How to apply

There are several ways to apply for cash benefits.

Contact a local office

Fill out a paper application - You must fill out the whole application

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When you are done:

If you have a problem opening the application form, please conta​​c​t us.

Need help to apply? Contact 211info by phone, text or email.

​Pre-T​AN​​F Program

The goal of this program is to help people quickly find a job or other alternative. A case manager will:

  • Look at the needs of the whole family
  • Help people identify their own strengths, needs and goals
  • Find services to increase employment potential
  • Create a case plan that promotes financial independence and family stability

A family may be in this program for as little as one day or up to 45 days. ​​During this time, ODHS may be able to help pay for:

  • Transportation or child care related to the job search
  • Personal items like uniforms, hygiene items, work boots, diapers, etc.

​Post​-T​ANF Program

This program is currently suspended.​​​