What help does this program provide?
This program provides temporary financial help to support families whose safety is at risk due to
domestic violence. Most often this is when the domestic violence survivor and the children are fleeing domestic violence or at risk of returning to an abusive situation.
The program can help with up to
$1200.00 over a 90 day eligibility period. Payments are given directly to the landlord or other service provider and can help pay for:
Relocation costs - For example, deposits for rent and utilities, replacement of items left behind like clothes and furniture.
Items that help address safety - For example, new locks, security cameras or post office boxes.
Assistance will vary based on your situation; your worker will explain how benefits can be used.
Who is eligible?
A person fleeing domestic violence or a person trying to stay safe from domestic violence whose safety is at risk because of domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence. The person must also fit the following criteria:
- Be a parent or relative caring for a minor child or a pregnant woman.
- Meet the income criteria for the program. (This program looks only at income on hand that is available to meet any emergency needs.)
- Be a resident of Oregon.
Can you get help more than once a year?
Yes, if there is a current safety risk due to domestic violence. These requests are staffed with the central office policy analyst. The analyst will help the field staff identify any gaps in previous planning around safety.
How does ODHS define domestic violence?
It includes hurting, threatening or putting someone down or making them afraid. It also includes trying to control them or make them do things. The abuse can get worse over time. Domestic violence can happen between people in a family, intimate partners, or other people who live in the same house.