The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to provide financial assistance to low-income families with children, in order to help them move towards economic self-sufficiency. TANF benefits are available in all 50 states, and we will help you with the specific application for residents of the state of Oregon.
People who reside in Oregon, who have little or no income, and very few resources (such as property, vehicles, or bank accounts) are eligible to apply for TANF benefits. The applicant must be the father, mother, or caregiver of a child 18 years of age or younger, or must be pregnant. An applicant who is 18 years of age or younger and the head of a household can also apply.
How does the TANF benefits work in Oregon
After filling out the application and submitting it, the authorities of the Oregon Department of Human Services will schedule an “admission appointment”, which can be in person or by phone. If you meet all the requirements and are approved, you will receive an EBT card, similar to the one used for food stamps, or SNAP benefits, where the assigned amount will be deposited month by month.
With the TANF money, you will be able to buy and pay a bunch of products and services that are essential for the well-being of the family. Firstly, you can employ these benefits to acquire nourishing food items like meat, fruits, vegetables, as well as staples such as cereal, bread, and eggs. Also, your TANF benefits extend to clothing expenses, permitting you to purchase garments for both yourself and your family, such as shirts, pants, hats, shoes, and even accessories like belts and scarves.
Moreover, these benefits can be applied towards indispensable household supplies such as garbage bags, toilet paper, and cleaning products, and more related to these categories. Expenses like rent, mortgage payments, security deposits, and utility bills (energy, water, telephone, and more) can also be covered with these resources.
Finally, the laundry services and personal hygiene necessities, including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and even the potential acquisition of a washer and dryer if needed, could be covered with this cash. The amount you will be approved to receive depends on the household’s income and size (how many people is it constituted by). Take into account that most applicants will also need to participate in the JOBS program to help them find a job and get other services.
How much will I receive in TANF resources if I apply today?
As previously stated, each case is particular, and it depends on a number of factors how much money you will receive if you are approved for TANF benefits. Having said all this, you must start the application and provide all the information that will be requested in the process, in order to know what is the maximum amount that you are going to receive per month in your specific case.
To give you an example, the maximum amount that the state of Oregon grants for a family of three, without any other income, can go up to $508 per month.You can apply now, renew and report changes (in case that you’re already a beneficiary), entering the Oregon Department of Human Services official website.