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Supplemental Food Assistance Benefits to be Issued December 11 - 11/30/20

The Oregon Department of Human Service will issue emergency supplemental allotments to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients on December 11.

SNAP recipients do not have to take any action to receive these additional benefits as they will be placed directly on their Oregon EBT cards. Households receiving SNAP benefits will see the additional supplement to their benefits based on a maximum allotment scale. For example, if there are four individuals in a household and that household is currently receiving $500 in benefits, the supplement will raise their benefits to the maximum allowed for households of four, which is $680 per month – or an increase of $180. Total benefits will be different based on each household’s regular monthly allotment for the month of December. Households already at the maximum allotment will not receive an additional benefit supplement.

Household Size

Maximum Monthly Benefit Amount

1

$204

2

$374

3

$535

4

$680

5

$807

6

$969

7

$1,071

8

$1,224

Each additional person

$153


A second release of emergency supplemental allotments will take place on December 31 for anyone who began receiving SNAP benefits after December 11. Households only receive one allotment.

For more information about emergency supplemental allotments or to review frequently asked questions, visit https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/About-SNAP.aspx.

Oregonians who receive SNAP can contact their local Self-Sufficiency Programs, Aging and People with Disabilities, or Area Agency on Aging office for more information. Find a local office at oregon.gov/DHS/Offices/Pages/index.aspx or call 2-1-1.

This is the eighth month Oregon has issued emergency supplemental allotments. Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance, and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.

UPDATE -- Oregon Department of Human Services announces that Missing child Lydia Jazmin has been found - 11/30/20

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, is thankful for the community support to find Lydia Jazmin.

Lydia Jazmin, age 16, is a foster child who went missing from Medford, Ore. on Nov. 11, 2020. They were found on Nov. 23, 2020.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As DHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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UPDATE -- Missing child Kyla Blackmore found by Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/30/20

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, is thankful for the community support to find Kyla Blackmore.

Kyla Blackmore, age 14, is a foster child who went missing from Medford, Ore. on Nov. 11, 2020. She was found on Nov. 20, 2020.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As DHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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UPDATE -- Oregon Department of Human Services announces that Mataya Gearhart found - 11/23/20

(Salem, Ore.) – Mataya Gearhart, a child foster child who went missing from Portland, Ore. on Sept. 8, 2020 has been found. Mataya was found Sunday, Nov. 22. The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division is thankful for the community support to find her.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. You can also report child abuse by calling a local police department, county sheriff, county juvenile department, or Oregon State Police.

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Hot Meals Benefits Extended through the End of the Year - 11/20/20

Today, Oregon received approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Disaster SNAP recipients in the following 23 counties to purchase hot or prepared foods from authorized SNAP retailers until Dec. 31, 2020.

Approved counties: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, and Yamhill.

Normally, SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase "hot food products prepared for immediate consumption." This restriction is being waived following the severe winds and wildfires that led to the displacement of many residents and left them without access to a kitchen to prepare meals. Examples of allowable Prepared Foods include hot deli foods, fountain drinks, including but not limited to coffee and tea, a slice of hot/prepared pizza, hot soup, salad bars, and sandwiches.

This waiver will last through Dec. 31, 2020, and allows SNAP and DSNAP recipients to use their benefits to buy prepared food at any participating retailer that accepts SNAP EBT cards. Restaurant purchases are still prohibited.

For more information about the hot food waiver, visit https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/DSNAP-Hot-Foods-Waiver.aspx.

Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance, and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.

Apply for food, cash and other assistance from home during Oregon Two-Week Freeze - 11/18/20

(Salem, Ore.) – Starting on Nov. 18, Oregon will be in a statewide Two-Week Freeze to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon. Oregonians statewide are asked to stay home except for essential business.

All Oregonians can apply for food, cash and child care assistance provided through the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) from home without having to visit an office in person.

Visit govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits for information on how to apply for assistance using the ODHS online application, email, mail, telephone or application drop off.

Oregonians who need urgent and ongoing food assistance can visit needfood.oregon.gov.

Older adults or people with disabilities who need additional information about resources available to help can call 1-855-ORE-ADRC (1-855-673-2372) or visit www.adrcoforegon.org.

Information on how to apply for domestic violence assistance can also be found at govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits.

While many ODHS offices remain open to the public for essential business, we encourage members of the public to apply online, by email, by phone, or to call before coming in. In most cases, you don’t need to visit an office in person to get assistance.

For more ways to connect with ODHS or to find other types of assistance, contact 211info:

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National Economic Impact Payment Registration Day is November 10 - 11/09/20

Deadline to get your Economic Impact Payment is November 21, 2020

 

Salem, Ore. – Tuesday, November 10 has been designated as Natinal Economic Impact Payment Registration Day as a way to remind people to see if they are eligible for this money.

 

Thousands of Oregonians have not taken advantage of the federal government’s Economic Impact Payment. Individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can get up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under 17 at the end of 2019 can get an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

But many people don’t know that they are eligible or don’t know how to get this money. The deadline is Saturday, November 21 by 3 p.m.

The IRS has mailed letters to people who may qualify for this payment. Because some people aren’t required to file a federal tax return, the letter urges people to visit the Non-Filers Payment Info Tool: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here before the November 21 deadline.  

Help is available

Local help is available for free or low cost through MFS CASHOregon, 503-966-7942. The 211 Info hotline also can assist by phone, call 211; email: help@211info.org; or text your ZIP code to 898211.

Additional resources

For more information on eligibility requirements, see the Economic Impact Payment: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payment-information-center-eip-eligibility-and-general-information.

Those unable to access the Non-Filers tool may submit a simplified paper return following the procedures described in the Economic Impact Payment Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions.  

Beginning two weeks after you register, people can track the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool, available only on IRS.gov: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment#_blank.   

For Oregon tax issues, visit www.oregon.gov/dor call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 800-886-7204.

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