​​About Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides cash assistance to low-income families with children while they strive to become self-sufficient. Cash assistance is intended to meet a family's basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and utilities. Most cash benefits in Oregon are issued via an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. This is also known as an Oregon Trail Card.


To qualify for TANF, families must have very few assets and little or no income. The current maximum monthly benefit for a family of three is $506.

Applying for TANF

You can apply for TANF by:

English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese

Once you have completed the application form, print it and drop it off or send it to the DHS Self-Sufficiency office in your area.

Note: If you are applying only for food benefits (SNAP), see the food benefits page.


The intent of the Pre-TANF program is to help clients quickly find employment or other alternatives by:

  • Assessing employment potential
  • Determining services needed to enhance employability or reduce risks to family stability
  • Developing a case plan that identifies activities that promote financial independence and family stability

A family may remain in the Pre-TANF program for as little as one day or up to 45 days, depending on the family's situation. During this time, DHS may be able to help with transportation or childcare related to the job search. DHS may also help pay for personal incidental items such as uniforms, hygiene items, work boots, diapers, etc.

Post-TANF Program

This program is currently suspended.​​​