Many Oregonians are surprised to learn that eligibility is based on their monthly income. Income includes: earnings, social security, disability, child support and more. For most households, resources such as a house, car or money in the bank will not count against eligibility. You may be able to get SNAP if you are working, receiving unemployment, or attending school. (See special rules for students.) People receiving SNAP are often eligible for other services.
Household 2013 Income Guidelines - based on 185% of the Federal Poverty Level
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Monthly amounts go up $620 for each addional person
How to Apply for SNAP
1. You have options:
- The application can be completed and submitted online. Applicants will need to complete an interview either in person or over the phone. A representative from a local branch will contact applicants to schedule an interview time. Be sure to provide a time on the application that you will be available in order to avoid delay in your receiving services. Questions about the online application can be sent to SSM.Program@state.or.us
- Download the SNAP Application PDF, 157 KB or
- For faster service, walk into a DHS office and pick up, fill out, and turn a paper application. Most offices are offering same day service.
2. A DHS eligibily worker will meet with you either in person or over the phone. You will need to provide:
- Proof of identity (such as a drivers license)
- Social Security numbers for everyone included in the application (original cards not required)
- Paycheck stubs or other proof of income (for the last 30 days)
- For non-citizens, proof of lawful immigrant status for household members seeking benefits
3. Once you receive your SNAP EBT card, you will be provided with a brochure on how to use it.
Older adults and people with disabilities can start the application process by simply calling their local Senior Service Office. Interviews can be done over the phone, in an office, home visit, or through an appointed respresentative.
Call 1-800-723-3638 (SAFENET) or 211 for more information on getting or using SNAP benefits.