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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides a monthly cash benefit to families with children who meet income limits.
This program provides cash that families can use to pay for things they need while they work toward supporting themselves. The amount of money a family gets depends on how much money they make and how many people are in the family. For example, a family of three with no other income can get up to $506 a month.
This program is for families that:
You can apply online, by phone or in person at a local office. When you apply for TANF, you can also apply for other benefits like SNAP food benefits and Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).
Families who have TANF and need to collect child support can enroll in child support services. These services can help both parents (the one who pays and the one who gets the support) and caregivers of a child.
Some of these services include:
You can enroll in these services through the Oregon Department of Justice.
To learn more and enroll:
Visit the Department of Justice child support services page.
Getting TANF benefits can be counted during an immigrant's public charge test.
However, many immigrants are exempt from the public charge rule, including refugees and people seeking asylum.
Oregon Legal Aid can give you advice before you apply for TANF. You can reach their Public Benefits Hotline at 800-520-5292.
This is an optional program that provides parenting support for low-income families in Oregon.
Learn about Family Support and Connections
The Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) offers several programs to help families lower their child care costs.
Learn about child care programs and see if you are eligible
The Income-Qualified Bill Discount program through PGE offers a monthly discount of up to 25% off your energy bill.
Visit the PGE website to find out if you qualify and apply
If you have TANF, you are likely to qualify for free or discounted internet service through a federal program. There are also other ways to qualify. The program is called the Affordable Connectivity Program or ACP.
Learn about the program and how to sign up
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