Assistance for parents

Your family’s mental, emotional, and physical health is influenced by your financial health. Use these resources to find the help you need in all kinds of situations, or to learn ways to better prepare for your family’s financial future.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF):
This program from the state of Oregon “provides cash assistance to low-income families with children while they strive to become self-sufficient.”

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):
Formerly known as “food stamps,” this program offers food benefits to low-income households. This program is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

VIDA Oregon:
This coalition offers IDAs (Individual Development Accounts) to individuals and families to help  them save and build assets. IDA’s are matched savings accounts, with the purpose of helping people to invest in home ownership or repair, start or expand a small business, go back to school, or get specialized training.

The Oregon Money Management Program:
The Oregon Money Management Program, from Easter Seals Oregon, “offers support to people with limited incomes who need help with money management tasks. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with individuals through three core services: Money Coach, Bill Payer, and Representative Payee.”

Innovative Changes:
Innovative Changes is a Portland organization that helps “low-income individuals and families...manage short-term financial needs in order to achieve and maintain household stability.” They offer financial education, responsible small-dollar consumer loans, credit building techniques and asset building opportunities.

Oregon Helps (en español):
Sometimes a family needs a little help, sometimes a lot. This free “prescreener” will identify which assistance programs your family qualifies for.

Metropolitan Family Service - Family Support:
Metropolitan Family Service supports families by providing access to a number of resources, including the “Ways To Work” program that “allows qualified working parents who are unable to get funds elsewhere, to receive loans up to $6,000 to purchase, repair or refinance a car.”

For information and ideas about keeping your family healthy financially (and for a look at how others may be struggling), check out these books.