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GREATER COLUMBIA 211
BASIC FOOD PROGRAM APPLICATION AND ELIGIBILITY REVIEW ASSISTANCE
Greater Columbia 211 can complete food applications over the phone and then immediately submit it to Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for processing. Can also complete recertification reviews over the phone and answer any eligibility questions.
304 W Lincoln Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902
Eligibility: Applicants are required to be within 200% of theFederal Poverty Guidelines.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
CENTRO LATINO AMERICANO
FOOD PANTRY
Offers an emergency food box program. Also provides SNAP/Food stamps application assistance both in person and over the phone.
944 W 5th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402
Eligibility: Unrestricted, though primarily focused for Latino and immigrant population
Hours: Every other Friday 10am-noon. Call or email to confirm dates.
CLATSOP COMMUNITY ACTION
COMMUNITY RESOURCE DESK AT PROVIDENCE SEASIDE HOSPITAL
COMMUNITY RESOURCE DESK
Assist individuals and families in accessing social services, such as signing up for SNAP/food stamp benefits and Medicaid, as well as assistance finding food pantries, housing resources, utility and heating assistance, transportation options, employment, and other needed services. Also has limited personal and grooming items.
725 S Wahanna Road
Seaside, OR 97138
Eligibility: Unrestricted
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
The Family Resource Center offers information about applying for SNAP (food stamps) and the Oregon Health Plan, subsidized housing, counseling and support groups, and other information about local services and programs. Florence DHS staff visit the Family Resource Center weekly to do intake for people applying for SNAP and/or the OHP
- Distributes and accepts applications for the Lions Club Sight and Hearing Program, which provides vision and hearing tests, glasses and hearing aids to low-income individuals who have no other means of obtaining vision or hearing exams and aids.
- Distributes and accepts applications for Medical Teams International mobile dental vans for low-income individuals without dental insurance or any realistic way of paying for dental care.
3520 Frontage Road
Reedsport, OR 97467
Eligibility: Varies by program
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-noon and 1pm-5pm
INTEGRAL YOUTH SERVICES
NUTRITION HUB
Provides access to community services where community members can come in and sign up for WIC, SNAP, Oregon Health Plan benefits, and educational youth classes focusing on health and nutrition. Fresh produce is sometimes available during the summer months.
115 N 10th Street
Administration Office
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Eligibility: Varies by service
Hours: Nutrition Hub: Monday/Wednesday/Friday noon-5pm
Visit the website or call for the current class schedule
MULTNOMAH COUNTY DCHS YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION
SNAP (FOOD STAMPS) OUTREACH PROGRAM
Conducts community outreach and enrollment assistance to help people apply for SNAP/food stamps and other state and local programs.
209 SW 4th Avenue
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97204
Eligibility: Income eligibility for SNAP/food stamps follows a guideline of 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) or below. Eligibility for SNAP and other benefits is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
OSU EXTENSION SERVICE
OSU EXTENSION COUNTY LOCATOR
SNAP OUTREACH AND APPLICATION ASSISTANCE
OSU Extension offers community outreach, support and enrollment assistance to help people apply for SNAP and other state and local assistance programs. Outreach workers provide help both in-person and by phone with the initial SNAP application and/or interim change form.
Locator
Eligibility: SNAP eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. DHS uses an income guideline of gross monthly household income no higher than 185% FPL.
Hours: Varies
SNAP FAQ
IS PHOTO ID/SOCIAL SECURITY CARD NEEDED TO APPLY?
QUESTION-Do people need to provide a current form of photo identification or a Social Security Card to apply for SNAP?

ANSWER-No. For the interview, photo identification may be helpful, but it is not required. A Department of Human Services (DHS) caseworker can verify identity using a Social Security Number (SSN) or another method.
-Applicants do not need to provide a Social Security Card, they do need to provide the SSN for everyone in the family group applying for benefits, and may have to provide further documentation if they do not have a SSN.

You do not need any documents to fill out and submit an application. Applicants can submit a completed application or fill out the first two pages, (name, address and signature), to establish a "filing date".

If you are facing challenges obtaining proof of income or other documents a worker will work with you to obtain income verification and other needed information.
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WHEN IS AN INTERVIEW REQUIRED?
QUESTION-In what situations is an interview with a Department of Human Services (DHS) caseworker required?

ANSWER-An interview with a DHS caseworker is required when a person applies for SNAP for the first time. If a household wishes to continue to receive SNAP (food stamps) after 12 months they mush "re-certify" their eligibility by filling out and completing a new SNAP application and receiving an interview. Interviews can be conducted over the phone or in person.
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE/FASTEST WAY TO GET SNAP?
QUESTION-What is the fastest way to apply and receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits?

ANSWER- Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has a goal of "same day/next day" service, so they try to get people interview appointments as quickly as possible.

If an applicant walks into an office and submits an application they may be able to receive a same day or next day interview. If a client submits an online application and walks into or calls an office with their tracking number, they may be able to receive a same day or next day interview.

If deemed eligible for benefits during the interview, the applicant may be able to receive an Oregon Trail card with benefits that same day or very shortly thereafter.

QUESTION-How long does it take to receive SNAP?

ANSWER- It can take up to 30 days for the application, interview and benefits to be issued if a household is eligible for SNAP.

Some clients may be eligible for expedited service if they meet certain criteria such as: household has income of $150/month or less, household has rent/utility payments that are more than both cash on hand and in bank accounts, or client is a migrant farm worker and has less than $100.

Expedited service has a goal of getting an eligible household signed up and receiving benefits in 7 days, but this is not guaranteed.

-Applicants need to establish a filing date as this starts the process and timeline for benefits. Applicants establish a filing date once an application is submitted and received by the DHS. Applicants can submit a completed application or fill out the first two pages, only providing their name, address and signature. An applicant's benefits will be calculated from that filing date if eligibility is determined.
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APPLIED AND HAVE NOT BEEN CONTACTED
QUESTION-What can I do if I have submitted a SNAP application but I have not received a call from a Department of Human Services (DHS) worker to set up an interview appointment?

ANSWER-An applicant can call or walk in to a DHS office and tell the intake person the date they submitted their application and request the next available interview appointment. If they applied online they can give the tracking number of their online application as well, which identifies the date their application was submitted.

For online applicants, you can advise callers to record the User ID, password and tracking number and keep them in a safe place so they can go back to their application and be assisted more efficiently by the DHS.

DHS will NOT leave messages when a voicemail does not identify the caller's name in the message, if this is the case, then this may be a possible reason the caller did not hear back from the DHS.
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PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INCOME
QUESTION-Is a household that receives income from public assistance programs such as: Social Security (SSI), Disability (SSD/SSDI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Unemployment Benefits, eligible for SNAP (food stamps)?

ANSWER-Yes.
Income from public cash assistance programs is considered "unearned income" by federal regulations; therefore, a household whose sole source of income is from public assistance may be eligible for a benefit that is less than a household with "earned income," such as wages, even if their income amounts are the same. You may need to provide an award letter to the DHS stating how much you receive as proof of income.

If a 1-person household receives $1200 or more/month in public assistance, or a 2-person household receives $2400 or more per month in public assistance and so on, then they might only be eligible for the minimum SNAP/food stamps benefit.

Sometimes people who receive public cash assistance receive an extra cash allotment for their SNAP/food stamp benefit, rather than an Oregon Trail Card.

Many things could affect the calculation of the benefit amount, however, such as the number of dependents in the household and/or out-of-pocket medical expenses for people ages 60 and older and adults with disabilities, for example.
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UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS HAVE ENDED
QUESTION-If a person's unemployment benefits ended, do they need to provide proof of this to Department of Human Services (DHS) to apply for SNAP?

ANSWER-A letter or other proof that unemployment benefits have ended may be helpful, however, DHS may have other means to verify if a person is receiving unemployment benefits or if a person's unemployment benefits have expired.
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ASSETS
QUESTION-What assets does the Department of Human Services (DHS) take into account when determining eligibility for SNAP (food stamps)?

ANSWER- The DHS may ask how much liquid assets a household or family group has which includes: the amount of money in a checking account, savings account or cash in hand. A person having $25,000 or more in liquid assets might not be eligible for SNAP.

This does NOT include any assets that require paperwork or a process to obtain funds such as: a person's home, retirement accounts, Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) etc.

Receiving SNAP will not affect any of these types of assets.
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DOES ODHS LOOK AT BANK ACCOUNTS?
QUESTION-Does the Department of Human Services (DHS) check the amount of funds in bank accounts?

ANSWER-The DHS may ask for bank statements if you are self-employed or an independent contractor, if you report receiving money from another person or if you report having a certain amount of money available to you in your checking or savings account. Applicants will be asked to provide the amount of money you have on hand, in a checking account and in a savings account on the application and/or during the interview. You can always ask your worker why you are being asked to provide a specific document and ask if there is an alternative way to provide proof of income and/or available cash to a household.
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MOVED FROM ANOTHER STATE
QUESTION-If a person just moved from another state what do they need to do to receive SNAP (food stamps) from Oregon (OR)?

ANSWER- They can apply in OR as soon as they are in state. If the individual or family is deemed eligible, they will receive benefits in OR once DHS verifies they are not receiving benefits in another state.

Provide information on how to apply in OR. You can also provide a referral to their previous state's 211 service by using 211.org office if they need to cancel their previous case in their previous state of residence.

If the caller received or is still receiving benefits from the state they just moved from and they have not requested that state to cancel their SNAP benefits they can apply here in Oregon just as soon as they are here and we can encourage them to do so.

It is helpful if they have a letter stating they closed their case in the previous state, but they do not need that and can still apply in OR even if they did not request cancellation in the previous state yet.

Oregon DHS caseworkers have to call and verify a person, who recently moved to Oregon, is not receiving benefits from another state regardless of the situation. Sometimes DHS can expedite closing cases in other states if a client is having difficulty closing the case in their previous state.

Feel free to transfer a caller to the SNAP Specialist if they have had challenges with this process
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IS THERE A BENEFIT AMOUNT TOO SMALL TO PROCESS?
QUESTION-Is there ever a case where a household may qualify for a SNAP (food stamp) benefit amount that is too small for the Department of Human Services (DHS) to process?

ANSWER-No. DHS will process any amount a household is deemed eligible to receive for SNAP.

If a household is deemed eligible during or at the end of a month and they receive a pro-rated amount for that first month, that amount would be added to the full amount and loaded on their Oregon Trail card at the beginning of the following month.

The lowest benefit amount is $16.
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WHY IS THE MINIMUM BENEFIT WORTH MY TIME?
QUESTION- I am only eligible for the minimum benefit, why is it worth my time applying for it?

ANSWER-A $16/month food benefit may not seem like a lot to some people, but you do not have to use it every month and it will accumulate and be valid for use for up to one year. $48 dollars every 3 months or $192/year towards food costs can really help.

-Even if you are only eligible for a $0 SNAP benefit, this indicates you may qualify for other benefits, like reduced Medicare premiums, telephone assistance, free or reduced cost school meals for your children, student loan deferment and other benefits.

-Most farmers' markets accept SNAP and many will match $5-$10 dollars, depending on the market, so if you visit a farmers' market, that offers this incentive, four times in one month, you could receive an extra $20-$28 for fresh produce, which can be the most pricey items on our shopping lists, while supporting local farmers at the same time.

-There are many free nutrition courses, community cooking classes, materials and resources that help individuals and families purchase and prepare nutritious meals for low cost which will help people use a minimum SNAP benefit more effectively.
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WHO DO I LIST ON THE APPLICATION?
QUESTION-Who do I have to list on the SNAP (food stamps) application?

ANSWER-You must provide the name and relationship of every person who live in your dwelling with you. If you are applying for benefits with another household member that you purchase and prepare meals with then list their Social Security number on the application as well.

If you or someone in your family group are pregnant the pregnancy does not count as a member of your benefits group until birth.

If you are age 22 or under, and live with a parent, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will require you to apply together as a household even if you have your income and expenses separate and do not purchase or prepare meals together.

Parents who live apart can include children on their SNAP application if they purchase and prepare meals for those children 51% of the time or more.

DHS will determine your eligibility based on your relationship to the people in your household, whether you purchase and prepare meals with them, and the incomes and expenses for everyone in the group who is applying together.
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WAYS TO APPLY FOR SNAP BENEFITS?
In the state of Oregon, individuals can apply for SNAP benefits via mail, email, fax, online, over the phone, and in person.

To submit an application over email, individuals must download the fillable application, save it to their device, fill it out, and then email it to their local branch. To submit an application via fax, individuals must print out the SNAP application, fill it out, and send it to the local branch.

There are also community agencies that have partnered up with the Oregon Department of Human Services to provide one on one support to community members seeking to apply for SNAP. To locate this look at, Benefit Assistance * Food Stamps/ SNAP Recipient

To apply over the phone, individuals must call the ONE Customer Service Center. To locate this look at, Certificates/ Forms *Food Stamps/ SNAP Recipient
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COMMON MYTH-DON'T WANT TO TAKE BENEFITS AWAY FROM OTHERS
QUESTION- If I receive SNAP (food stamps) am I taking benefits from others who need them more than I do?

ANSWER- No. The program expands and contracts with need. If you are eligible but don't get them, you are not "saving" them for someone else.
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COMMON MYTH-USING SNAP IS CHARITY
SNAP (food stamps) is a program funded by federal tax dollars, we all pay into it, and if it is needed we are able to benefit from it.

SNAP brings more than $1billion federal dollars into Oregon each year, supporting grocers and local agriculture. If every Oregonian who was eligible received SNAP, an additional $100 million in federal dollars would enter our local economy.

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HOW TO REPORT CHANGES
QUESTION-What changes do I need to report to the Department of Human Services (DHS)?

ANSWER:
-You must keep your mailing address current. DHS closes cases when mail is returned.

-You may want to report changes that may increase your monthly SNAP (food stamp) benefit like: reduction in income, increase in housing and utility expenses, additional members of the family group, and out of pocket medical expenses over $35/month for adults ages 60 and older and adults with disabilities.

-If your income was at or below 100%FPL at the time you applied and then increases above 130% FPL, you are required to report the change to the DHS. If your income was already above 130% FPL when you applied and increases to 200% FPL or above, report the change to the DHS. If you are unsure what your income change is, report the change and DHS can verify if the income change will affect your SNAP benefits.

-Adults age 60 and older and adults with disabilities have a Simplified Reporting System (SRS) of every 12 months.

-Everyone else must complete a 6 month "Interim Change" report to continue to receive benefits, people receive this yellow form in a green envelope in the mail. If you lose it or do not receive it you can get it by visiting a DHS office, calling to request one be resent, or by using the web link here to print it and mail it in.

-After 12 months of receiving SNAP, households are required to re-certify or re-apply by filling out an application, having an interview (in-person or over the phone), and may have to submit documents to the DHS to continue to receive benefits.

-If you experience an extreme hardship that causes a major loss in income or you are experiencing homelessness you may want to contact your worker to see if you are eligible for an increased benefit amount.

-Changes in benefit amounts occur the following month. Benefits cannot be processed retroactively.
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DO I NEED AN ADDRESS TO APPLY FOR SNAP?
QUESTION: Do I need an address to apply and receive SNAP (food stamps)?

ANSWER: Yes. You need a mailing address to apply and receive SNAP. If you are experiencing homelessness there are many agencies, churches and organizations that will let you use their address.

If you need help finding an organization that you can use for a temporary mailing address please call 211, text your zip code to 898211 or email help@211info.org

State agencies are unable to forward mail, so any returned mail will result in the SNAP case being closed. If you change your address make sure to notify the Department of Human Services (DHS) right away.
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WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE MY PAY STUB?
QUESTION: What if I don't have my pay stub?

ANSWER: If you are facing challenges obtaining proof of income or other documents, a worker will work with you to obtain income verification and other needed information.

Wage data and other state income data reporting systems are not used as a sole source of income verification. Information obtained from these screens is always investigated further with the client.

If you are experiencing homelessness, an eligibility worker will help you to figure out documents and an address.
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SNAP APPLICATION ASSISTANCE
QUESTION-I am filling out the online SNAP (food stamps) application and it is not working, what can I do?

ANSWER: You can try using a different internet browser. You can also call for technical support and questions regarding the online SNAP application.

QUESTION-I applied online but have lost my account information, what can I do?

ANSWER: If it has been some time since you last received SNAP benefits or used your online SNAP account, you can create a new account using the online application. Keep your User ID, password and tracking number in a safe place, you can walk in or call a Department of Human Services (DHS) office with your tracking number to request an appointment for your interview.
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WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY BENEFITS?
QUESTION-What date do my benefits get loaded on my card?

ANSWER-If a household is deemed eligible at the beginning of the month they may receive an Oregon Trail card right away with their benefits, or a portion of benefits, loaded on their card. BUT during or at the end of a month a portion of the benefits would be added to the full amount and loaded on their card at the beginning of the following month.

Benefits get loaded on your card in accordance with the last digit of the Social Security number (SSN) of the head of the household, or main applicant, on the SNAP (food stamps) case. If the last digit is a 0 or 1, the date benefits are issued is the 1st of the month, 2 the 2nd, 3 the 3rd, 4 the 4th, 5 the 5th, 6 the 6th, 7 the 7th, 8 the 8th and 9 the 9th.

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WHAT IS THE HEAT AND EAT PROGRAM?
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 you continue 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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QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OREGON TRAIL CARD (OTC)?
QUESTION-Can a household have more than 1 Oregon Trail card (OTC)?

ANSWER-Yes, a family can have more than 1 adult with an Oregon Trail card for the same account. They can choose the same or different pin numbers, the caseworker is the only person that can add or remove a person to have access to a card assigned to the SNAP (food stamps) account.

QUESTION-If I have an interview over the phone and I am deemed eligible to receive SNAP do I have to go to an office to get my Oregon Trail Card?

ANSWER-No. Your Oregon Trail Card can also be mailed to you.

QUESTION-What should I do if my Oregon Trail Card is lost, stolen or damaged?

ANSWER-If your card is lost or stolen call toll free (855)-328-6715, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, to have your current card cancelled and ask that a replacement card be mailed to you.

If it is not Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm, then first report the stolen or lost card to 1-888-997-4447, then call the Card Replacement Line to request a new one.

If a person's card is damaged and no longer works, they can take the card into a local Department of Human Services (DHS) office. As long as the card is identifiable as that person's card than it can be replaced in the office.

Please also search by key word: "EBT Card Services" for more information.

QUESTION: Where and how do I use my Oregon Trail Card/EBT card?

ANSWER: You can buy food with your SNAP/Food Stamp benefits.

If you receive cash benefits you can buy non-food items with your cash benefits, get cash back from your cash benefits when you make a purchase (you will not be charged a extra fee for this), or get cash from your cash benefits without making a purchase (some stores may limit the amount of cash you can get). After the first two withdrawals, your benefits account will be charged 85 cents per transaction.

You can also get cash from your cash benefits account at an ATM. Your cash benefits account will be charged 85 cents for each withdrawal from an ATM. Some ATMs may charge you another fee as well. You can find out if you will be charged an extra fee by starting to take out money. The ATM will tell you how much it will charge. You can then cancel the withdrawal and try another ATM.

If you do not see the Oregon Trail sign at a store, ask the store manager if you can use your card to buy things or to get cash.

For further information visit the website, walk in to your local self-sufficiency office or call. They have a brochure with more information about how to use the Oregon trail card which is available in English, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
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WORK PROGRAM ORIENTATIONS/TRAININGS AND SNAP
QUESTION-Are there programs that require orientations or trainings to continue to qualify to receive SNAP (food stamps)?

ANSWER- OFSET (Oregon Food Stamp Employment Transition) is a program that requires some individuals to participate in mandatory orientations or check-ins for work search purposes, and if the client fails to attend or fails to show good cause why they didn't attend they may get disqualified from receiving SNAP.

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MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION
QUESTION-What is a medical deduction?

ANSWER-People 60 years of age and older and adults with disabilities who receive Social Security and/or Disability (SSI/SSDI) may also receive a medical deduction, if they have out of pocket medical expenses over $35/month, which may increase their monthly SNAP (food stamp) benefit.

The Department of Human Service (DHS) will ask for verification of bills for medical costs over $35/month including: premiums, co-pays, prescriptions, dentures, hospital costs, nursing care, medical equipment and transportation for medical needs.

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CAN I APPLY IF I AM SELF-EMPLOYED?
QUESTION-Can I apply for SNAP (food stamps) if I am self-employed?

ANSWER-Yes, Self-employed individuals and family groups with monthly income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) are encouraged to apply for SNAP.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) may have to see documentation such as bank statements, receipts for expenses, tax forms and/or other documentation to determine the household income. DHS will also determine if the business is a true small business or an incorporated business as the rules apply differently.
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ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF SNAP
QUESTION: Are there additional benefits to being eligible for SNAP (food stamps)?

ANSWER-Being enrolled in SNAP may qualify you for other benefits like: reduced Medicare premiums, telephone assistance, free or reduced cost school meals for your children, student loan deferment and other benefits.

-Most farmers markets accept SNAP and many farmers markets will give you an extra $5-$10, depending on the market, to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers at the same time.

-The Arts for All program provides access to performances to low-income citizens by offering $5 tickets to those with Oregon Trail Cards. More than 30 arts and culture organizations participate in the program, offering live theater and music performances. For more information please visit the website and inquire before visiting a performance https://racc.org/artsforall/

-Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter. If you have an Oregon Trail Card, you can receive a discount on spay and neuter surgeries for your pets. For more information, please contact your local humane society.

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CAN I USE MY SNAP OUTSIDE OREGON?
QUESTION-Can I use my SNAP (food stamps) in a state other than Oregon?

ANSWER-Yes. You can use your Oregon Trail Card at any food outlet that accepts SNAP.
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CAN PEOPLE AGE 22 AND YOUNGER RECEIVE SNAP?
QUESTION: Can people age 22 and younger receive SNAP/Food Stamps?

ANSWER: People who are age 22 and younger, who live at a different address than their parent(s) or are experiencing homelessness, can apply for themselves and do not have to include their parent(s) in their filing group. People who are age 22 and younger and live with a parent will be required to include their parent(s) in their filing group even if they do not purchase and prepare meals together.
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WHAT IS A FILING DATE?
QUESTION: What is a "filing" date?

ANSWER: A filing date starts the process and timeline for benefits. Applicants establish a filing date once an application is submitted and received by the Department of Human Services (DHS). Applicants can submit a completed application or fill out the first two pages, only providing their name, address and signature. An applicant's benefits will be calculated from that filing date if eligibility is determined.
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WHAT CAN I PURCHASE WITH SNAP?
QUESTION: What can I purchase with SNAP/food stamps?

ANSWER: Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

Foods for the household to eat, such as bread, cereal, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, and seeds and plants that produce food for the household to eat.

In some areas, restaurants may be authorized to accept SNAP from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy any nonfood items, such as beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, tobacco, pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, vitamins, or medicines. Food that will be eaten in the store, hot foods, and prepared meals CANNOT be purchased with SNAP.

Some agencies that serve low cost meals are able to accept SNAP under very special circumstances, it is best to check directly with the agency to see if they are able to accept SNAP.

Please visit the website for additional information
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I NEED A RECORD THAT I RECEIVED SNAP FOR A PRIOR YEAR
QUESTION: What can I do if I need a record that I received SNAP for a prior year?

ANSWER: Call the local Department of Human Services (DHS) that you worked with when you were receiving SNAP and request that they print out a letter of proof that you were receiving SNAP. People often request this because they need it as proof to apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or other programs. Local offices should be able to get records for the past three years. If there is a need for records further back the local office will contact an administrative office in Salem to request it.
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WHAT IF DHS SAYS I OWE BACK PAYMENT?
QUESTION: Can I apply for benefits if the Department of Human Services (DHS) informs me I was overpaid and owe them back?

QUESTION: I received a letter stating I owe the DHS for benefits and I don't understand why, what can I do?

ANSWER: Contact the Overpayment Unit (OVP) to inquire about their decision and get more information. You can still apply for benefits, if benefits are approved and there is a past overpayment where you owe DHS back, then the OVP will eventually see that and begin to deduct 10% of the benefit amount each month until the overpayment has been recovered.

If the client does not apply for benefits and does contact the OVP to dispute their case or make arrangements to repay, however, the OVP recovery unit will take taxes and place a lien on any other type of possible financial income, including garnishing paychecks, until it is recovered.
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WANT TO APPLY WITHOUT MY PARENT/FORMER SPOUSE, DHS WON'T LET ME?
QUESTION: Why is the Department of Human Services (DHS) asking about my parent(s)/former spouse, I applied for SNAP for myself and we don't pay for food together or share meals?

ANSWER: If you are age 22 or younger and share a dwelling with your parent(s) or you share a dwelling with a former partner you were married to or had children with, then the DHS is required to include you in the same filing group by federal policy. If you have the same address and are both in the DHS system it will notify them that you have the same dwelling.
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WHAT IS THE ABAWD POLICY?
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE NEW ABAWD POLICY?

ANSWER: The federal SNAP (food stamp) time limits for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). The ABAWD rule is in effect in Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Deschutes, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Marion,
Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties. Individuals considered "ABAWDs" may only receive SNAP benefits for a total of 3 full months within a 36-month period-unless the person meets an "exemption" or complies with certain work requirements.

Who is affected?

A person considered an ABAWD is an able-bodied adult between 18 and 49 years old who is not disabled, pregnant, or living in a household with minor children and who lives in Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Deschutes, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties. Persons age 17 and younger or age 50 or older are not subject to this rule.

Who is exempt from the time limit?

The 3-month SNAP limit does not apply if the individual meets any of the following:
- Working 30 hours or more per week, including self-employment or in-kind work
- Receiving a disability-based benefit (SSI, VA pension, Worker Comp)
- Determined to be physically or mentally "unfit" for employment, this includes people that are unable to work due to a domestic violence situation.
Some may be asked for verification proving they are "unfit to work" which can be provided by a wide range of health care providers including psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, etc.
- Receiving-or has applied for- Unemployment Insurance (UI)
-Participating in a inpatient drug or alcohol treatment program or a mental health treatment program.
- Is a student enrolled at least 1/2 time in a high school or college (special rules may apply)
-Lives in a household with any child under 18-does not need to be their child.
-Is pregnant-at any stage of pregnancy
-Is providing care for a disabled person


ACTION: Individuals need to contact the DHS to see if they meet an exemption.

-If someone has a physical or mental impairment that prevents working full time-even if not homeless-he or she can ask for an "ABAWD exemption" any time. Remember, someone considered an ABAWD does not need to receive a disability benefit or meet the SSI disability standards to qualify as "exempt" and SNAP eligible.

How can someone meet the work requirements?

If not exempt, there are three ways a person considered an ABAWD could meet the SNAP work requirements, including:
1. Working for pay, or goods and services, at least 80 hours/month - an average of 20 hours/week
2. For self-employment earning at least $935.25 a month without business costs or earning at least $1,870.50 each month with business costs.
3.Participating in an eligible work training program for at least 20 hours/week OR
4. Volunteering with a non-profit or faith-based organization on a regular basis at least 80 hours/month - an average of 20 hours/week

ACTION: Individuals will receive a letter from DHS with instructions about work requirements and work orientations that they will need to attend.

Is there another potential option to meet the work requirements that requires fewer hours a week?

-"Workfare" is unpaid or volunteer work that takes place at a DHS designated non-profit.
-The number of workfare volunteer hours required is 20 hours/month, which is 5 hours/week. This is based on the average monthly SNAP benefits received in Oregon divided by the state minimum wage.
-The community organization needs to be an official "workfare" site for a volunteer to utilize this option and fulfill the ABAWD work requirements. DHS is in the process of developing this option.

What if there is a good reason for missing work?

-A person can claim "good cause" for not meeting the work or community service hours if he or she was sick, transportation broke down or there was bad weather that shut down the workplace. As long as someone has a job or community service slot but missed work hours for reasons "beyond his or her control," DHS should accept this as "good cause" and not terminate the SNAP benefits.

What else should I know?

-After receiving the initial 3 months worth of SNAP benefits, a person may qualify for a second 3-month period of SNAP. Certain criteria must be met, such as having worked 80 hours for one month or moving from a waived area, for this one-time extra 3 months of SNAP benefits. A person may also re-qualify for SNAP, if they have lost benefits because of not meeting ABAWDs requirements, by becoming exempt, such as becoming newly pregnant, or meeting work requirements.

DHS can answer questions about the exemptions, work requirements and explain any needed verification.

Are there appeal rights?

-YES! Every SNAP applicant or recipient has the right to ask for a fair hearing to challenge any DHS decision he or she disagrees with. That includes if DHS denies or terminates SNAP benefits for alleged failure to meet an ABAWD exemption, a work or volunteer requirement.

What if I am interested in advocacy work to change this policy?

Partners for Hunger Free Oregon (PFHO) will be working to collect stories and work with people who would like to address the impact of the policy change in Congress. Visit their website oregonhunger.org to learn more.
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WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?
Question: What documents do I need to provide?

Answer: You may need to bring: Your identification, proof of your income, Social Security number for everyone in your household who wants benefits, and proof of your legal immigration status for those person who want benefits. Let DHS know if you need help in getting the above information.
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WILL RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT AFFECT MY SNAP?
Question: Will receiving unemployment affect my SNAP benefits?

Answer: Yes. Income limits have not changed. Unemployment benefits count as income and could affect your eligibility for SNAP. Failure to report unemployment benefits could lead to cancellation or having to pay back benefits.
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INTERIM CHANGE REPORT
QUESTION- What is the Interim Change Report?
ANSWER- 6 months after receivng SNAP/food stamps benefits or re-certifying, households must submit an Interim Change Report (form 852).
REPORT-Changes in income that make your income exceed 130% of the FPL must be reported. -Changes of address and may want to report changes like a reduction in income, increase in housing and utility expenses, additional members of the household and out of pocket medical expenses over $35/month for adults ages 60 and over and adults with disabilities.

No interview is required during an interim change report.
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Eligibility: Must be a current SNAP recipient
Hours: Call local branch between Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
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RECERTIFICATION
QUESTION- Do I have to Re-certify to recieve SNAP(food stamps)?
ANSWER- If a household wishes to continue to receive SNAP (food stamps) after 12 months they must "re-certify" by filling out and completing a new SNAP application and receiving an interview. Interviews can be conducted over the phone or in person. The recertification form is mailed out 45 days in advance.
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Eligibility: -Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis

-Income eligibility follows a guideline of 185% FPL or below, which is monthly income before taxes of $1,968/month (or below) for 1 person, $2,658/month for 2, $3,349/month for 3, $4,040/month for 4, $4,730/month for 5, $5,421 month for 6, $6,112/month for 7, $6,802/month for 8, add $681 to the gross monthly income for each additional person.

-Other factors are considered in determining eligibility and monthly SNAP benefit amount like: type of income, housing costs, utility costs, out-of-pocket medical expenses for those age 60 and older or receiving disability in the group, and relationships of the members of the family group.

-SNAP applicants must be a US citizen or meet specific non-citizen requirements.
Hours: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week -5pm
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EMERGENCY ALLOTMENT
Question: What is the Emergency Allotment?

Answer: Emergency benefits for households not receiving the max for their filling size. SNAP households will automatically receive the additional allotment in the same way they receive their current benefits.

No additional action is needed from Oregonians already enrolled in SNAP. The increase brings all households to the maximum SNAP benefit. Households that already receive the maximum benefit will not receive any additional benefits.

For any case specific questions, call local SNAP branch.
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YAMHILL COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP
SNAP OUTREACH AND APPLICATION ASSISTANCE
Helps people apply for SNAP/food stamps and other state and local programs.
1317 NE Dustin Court
McMinnville, OR 97128
Eligibility: SNAP eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Uses an income guideline of gross monthly household income no higher than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm
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