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If you get a letter in the mail that says you have an ABAWD status, contact ODHS as soon as possible. You need to take action.
Oregon has two employment and training programs for people who receive SNAP.
Both programs provide free services to help you meet your job goals. You can choose if you want to participate.
STEP programABAWD program
"STEP" is the SNAP Training and Employment program. This program is for people age 16 or older who have SNAP food benefits, and who don't also have TANF cash benefits. (If you have TANF, you can get employment services through TANF.)
The STEP program is for people in Oregon who:
Contact your local office and ask for a referral to the STEP program.
"ABAWD" stands for "Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents." This program is for SNAP recipients age 18 to 49 who don't have a child under 18 on their SNAP case. You can meet
SNAP work requirements through this program and keep your food benefits while you look for a job.
The ABAWD program is
only for people getting SNAP benefits who:
You can visit the
Oregon Employment Department website to watch a video about the program and the next steps you will take. Some of the opportunities include:
Visit the Oregon Employment Department website for program details.
Because of federal rules, people with an ABAWD status can usually only get three months of SNAP benefits in a 3-year period, unless they meet work requirements or have an exemption.
If you participate in the ABAWD program and complete 80 hours of work-related activities each month, this meets your work requirements so you can keep getting SNAP benefits.
Some people with an ABAWD status are exempt from meeting work requirements. If you are exempt, you can can keep getting SNAP benefits without meeting work requirements or participating in the ABAWD program.
If you think you are
exempt, contact ODHS as soon as possible. ODHS needs to approve your exemption.
If you want to participate in the ABAWD program, or want to request an exemption, please contact ODHS:
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