The General Assistance (GA) program
is a new program designed to help individuals with severe disabilities who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. This program, inspired by the Housing First model, is administered by DHS’s Aging and People with Disabilities Collaborative Disability Determination Unit (CDDU).
To be eligible for the GA program, individuals must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be homeless or at risk of homelessness;
- Be an adult, age 18-64, with no minor children living with them;
- Have a severe disability that meets Social Security disability criteria;
- Be receiving Presumptive Medicaid medical assistance;
- Meet all eligibility criteria for Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
- Apply for SSI and appeal any denials received; and
- Sign an Interim Assistance Agreement (IAR), allowing DHS to recover GA funds paid to them once awarded SSA benefits.
The Oregon Programs Eligibility Notebook (OPEN)
provides more information on eligibility.
GA Program Benefits
Benefits include up to $545 per month in housing assistance, $90 in utility assistance per month, $60 in cash assistance per month, and free assistance with the Social Security application and appeals process.