Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregonians are facing unprecedented economic instability and food insecurity. As Oregon continues to maintain physical distancing rules, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) wants to remind everyone that they can apply for food, cash and child care assistance from home.
While many DHS offices are still open to the public, members of the public are encouraged to apply online at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. The online application does experience heavy traffic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which causes it to be unavailable intermittently. Applicants are advised to try use the online application in the early morning or late evening hours.
Those who are not able to access the online application should call their local office for assistance. They can email or mail you an application, and benefits can be applied for over the phone. Most assistance provided by DHS can be completed without visiting an office in person.
If an in-person office visit it necessary, it is important to call first. Offices have implemented physical distancing measures and may be able to help by phone.
The Lincoln County DHS office is located at 120 NE Avery St. in Newport, and can be reached by phone at 541-265-2248. For residents on the county lines, or just over, the nearest Lane County location is at 3180 Highway 101 in Florence, which can be contacted at 541-997-8251, and the Tillamook County location is at 4670 Third St. in Tillamook, which can be reached at 503-842-4453.
Find other food resources at https://oregonhunger.org/covid-19.