QUESTION: What is the "Heat and Eat" program?

ANSWER-"Heat and Eat" is a one-time payment that is added to a SNAP (food stamp) recipient's Oregon Trail card that can be used to purchase food. This funding comes from an energy assistance program (LIHEAP) to assist households that pay energy costs even if they do not pay an energy company directly.

Households always have a right to have their SNAP case reviewed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to make sure they are receiving the maximum monthly SNAP benefit. However, a DHS letter about "Heat and Eat" does NOT indicate the household is eligible for an increased monthly benefit.

Households that receive "Heat and Eat" may be categorically eligible for energy assistance but they may be ineligible to receive energy assistance from agencies that require an applicant to have an energy bill in their name. These households may contact the agencies in their area that administer energy assistance to check.

If a member continues to need further information about the Heat and Eat program, call Oregon Housing and Community Services. 1-800-453-5511, select option 2 and then option 3.
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