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.
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.
This program is currently suspended.