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The City of Portland, Oregon

The Gateway Center

For Domestic Violence Services

Phone: 503-988-6400

Fax: 503-988-6499

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

10305 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97216

Public Assistance & the Department of Human Services

Oregon DHS LogoThe Department of Human Services provides on-site services at the Gateway Center. They provide assistance in referrals and eligibility for self-sufficiency services, including temporary assistance to domestic violence survivors grant. This grant may be provided on a same day basis, based on emergency need.

Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors

What does the program do?

The program provides temporary financial help to support families whose safety is at risk due to domestic violence. Most often this is when the domestic violence survivor and the children are fleeing domestic violence or at risk of returning to an abusive situation.

What help does the program provide?

  • The program can help with up to $1200 over a 90 day eligibility period. Payments are given directly to a landlord or other service provider.
  • The program can help with housing related payments when there is or has been a domestic violence situation (including deposits, rents and utilities).
  • Relocation costs (including moving costs and other travel costs).
  • Replacement of personal or household items left behind when the victim and children have fled if items are not available from another source (clothing, hygiene items, essential furniture items).
  • Purchase of items that help address safety (including new locks, motion detectors, P.O. Boxes).

Can you get help more than once a year?

Yes, if there is a current safety risk due to domestic violence. These requests are staffed with the central office policy analyst. The analyst will help the field staff identify any gaps in previous planning around safety.

Who is eligible for the program?

A person fleeing domestic violence or a person trying to stay safe from domestic violence whose safety is at risk because of domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence. The person must also fit the following criteria:

  • Be a parent or relative caring for a minor child or a pregnant woman.
  • Meet the income criteria for the program. (This program looks only at income on hand that is available to meet any emergency needs.)
  • Be a resident of Oregon.

To Apply:

Contact your local DHS Self-Sufficiency office. You can find a list of local offices at Look under Children, Adults and Families for the closest self-sufficiency office.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -  previously foodstamps

SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is a federal nutrition program. The intent of the program is to help improve the health and well being of low-income households and individuals. Contrary to popular belief, SNAP benefits are not meant to meet all of the food needs of a household or an individual, but to supplement their nutritional needs. People do not need to be destitute to qualify for SNAP benefits.

In Oregon, the program is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Children, Adults and Families (CAF) Division. The eligibility determination and issuance of benefits are provided through DHSoffices across the state.
In May 2009, about 602,000 Oregonians in 313,000 households received food benefits. The average monthly benefit was about $250 per household. The federal government pays the cost of benefits, about $78 million a month, and divides the cost of administering the program with the state.
In Oregon, the benefits are distributed through the state's Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system, which allows recipients to obtain their benefits by using an "Oregon Trail Card" at the grocery store card-scanning devices. Learn more at

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides cash assistance to low-income families with children while they strive to become self-sufficient. The program's goal is to reduce the number of families living in poverty, through employment and community resources.
To qualify for TANF, families must have very few assets and little or no income. The current maximum monthly benefit for a family of three is $528.

Many families in the TANF program also receive help with needs such as employment, housing, child care, domestic violence and other factors that affect family stability. Learn more at

Applying for TANF

You can apply for TANF by downloading an application and instructions below. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view these PDF files. You can download the free software at

These application forms should be printed and filled out by hand and then brought or sent to a local DHS Self-sufficiency office. Forms are also available in the languages below.

English  (PDF, 169 KB)

Spanish  (PDF, 1.46 MB)

Russian  (PDF, 335 KB)

Vietnamese  (PDF, 270 KB)