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Refugees and others with an
eligible immigration status can get help with cash, medical, employment and other services when they first come to Oregon. Oregon gets funding to provide these services from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and State Legislature. Local resettlement agencies help refugees get connected to services.
Learn about programs and services below.
Refugee cash and medical benefits are for people who:
*Families with children 18 or younger may be able to get cash benefits through the TANF program.
Visit the TANF page to learn more.
Refugees can get support through Refugee Cash (REF) and Refugee Medical (REFM) programs for the first year after being granted refugee status.
Families with children should apply for cash benefits through the
You can apply online, by phone or in person at a local office.
If you need help to apply, contact a local Refugee Resettlement Agency.
Refugees can apply for other programs through the Oregon Department of Human Services, including:
You can apply for any of these services at a local ODHS office. If you’re connected to a Resettlement Agency, ODHS will work with them to help you apply.
Salem for Refugees
Refugee Resettlement Agencies
Refugees can also access other programs in their community.
Local Refugee Resettlement Agencies can help refugees with Extended Case Management services (ECM) for up to 24 months during their first 5 years in the U.S. The 24 months don't have to be consecutive. For example, a refugee could get services for 18 months when they first arrive, and later on get services for 6 more months, for a total of 24 months.
Services may change from time to time.
For questions about refugee policy: You can email
email@example.com or call the ODHS Central Office at 503-945-5600.
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