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Stimulus payments are coming: Don't throw out the Earned Income Payment debit card - 01/13/21

The U.S. Treasury has begun issuing its second round of stimulus payments. People who don't receive a direct deposit by early January should look for either a check from IRS or Economic Impact Payment (EIP) debit card in the mail. People will not necessarily be paid the same way they received their first stimulus payment.

 

 How to identify the card: The envelope will have a return address of Money Network Cardholder Services, PO Box 247022, Omaha, NE 68124. This is not a scam. This is this card:

(See attached.) 

 

 

Most individuals will receive $600 and $1,200 for married couples filing a joint return and $600 for each qualifying child. New: Couples filing jointly with just one member of the couple with a work-eligible Social Security Number will now be eligible for payments for the taxpayers and their qualifying children.

People do not need to take any action right now to receive their stimulus payment. Eligible individuals who do not receive their payment or who did not receive their first stimulus payment can claim it (under the Recovery Rebate Credit) when they file their 2020 tax return this year. People who do not normally file tax returns should also file a 2020 tax return if they do not receive their stimulus payment.

More information about the distribution of stimulus payments is in the IRS press release and in new FAQs.

There is also information about how to use the card from the National Consumer Law Center: NCLC's fact sheet.

For free or reduced cost tax filing help: https://cashoregon.org/ or call 211.

Attached Media Files: EIP News Release , EIP VISA CARD
Addyson Gibson
Addyson Gibson
Missing child alert -- Missing children Noelle Johnson and Addyson Gibson believed to be at risk (Photo) - 01/08/21

EDIT NOTE: Anyone who suspects they have information about the location of Noelle and Addyson or their caregivers Kashia Vann and Gary Johnson should call 911 or the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). A previous version of this alert did not idenitfy 911 as a way to report information about the children. 

(Salem) The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Noelle Johnson, age 7, and Addyson Gibson, age 12, siblings who went missing with their caregivers Kashia Vann (mother to both children) and Gary Johnson (father to Noelle) from Portland on Sept. 28, 2020.

ODHS believes that Noelle and Addyson may be at risk and is searching for them to assess their safety.

ODHS asks the public to help in the effort to find Noelle and Addyson. Anyone who suspects they have information about the location of Noelle and Addyson or their caregivers Kashia Vann and Gary Johnson should call 911 or the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). It is believed that they may be in Oregon; or the cities of Vancouver, Washington; San Jose, California; or Las Vegas, Nevada.

Name: Noelle Johnson
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: July 11, 2013
Height: 4’2
Weight: 70 pounds
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Brown
Other identifying information: Hair tips may be dyed blonde
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1402907

Name: Addyson Gibson
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: March 8, 2008
Height: 4’10
Weight: 120 pounds
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Brown
Other identifying information: Hair tips may be dyed blue
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1402907

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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Attached Media Files: Addyson Gibson , Noelle Johnson
Additional Food Assistance Benefits Available through January - 01/07/21

The Oregon Department of Human Services will continue to offer increased food benefits in January 2021, to help Oregonians struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This benefit increase applies to current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who are receiving less than the maximum allotment. Additionally, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there is also a temporary increase in SNAP benefits of approximately 15% for all recipients.

SNAP recipients do not have to take any action to receive additional benefits as they will be placed directly on their Oregon EBT cards. Households receiving SNAP benefits will see the additional supplement to their benefits based on a maximum allotment scale. For example, if there are four individuals in a household and that household is currently receiving $500 in benefits, the emergency allotment supplement will raise their benefits to the maximum allowed for households of four, which is $680 per month – or an increase of $180. With the additional increase in benefits, the total food benefits for that household would be $782 for the month. Total supplemental benefits will differ based on each household’s regular monthly allotment.

Household Size

Maximum Monthly Benefit Amount

Benefit amount with 15% increase

1

$204

$234

2

$374

$430

3

$535

$615

4

$680

$782

5

$807

$929

6

$969

$1,114

7

$1,071

$1,232

8

$1,224

$1,408

Each additional person

$153

$176

Additional benefits will be issued on January 12 and January 29. The January 29 benefits are for anyone who began receiving SNAP January 12 or after. Households only receive one allotment.

For more information about emergency supplemental allotments or to review frequently asked questions, visit https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOODBENEFITS/Pages/About-SNAP.aspx.

Oregonians who receive SNAP can contact their local Self-Sufficiency Programs, Aging and People with Disabilities or Area Agency on Aging office for more information. Find a local office at https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/Offices/Pages/index.aspx or call 2-1-1.

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This is the tenth month Oregon has issued emergency supplemental allotments. Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.

Oregon Department of Human Services announces Mataya Gearhart found - 12/21/20

Date: Dec. 21, 2020 

UPDATE: Oregon Department of Human Services announces Mataya Gearhart found 

(Salem) – Mataya Gearhart, a 17-year old in foster care who went missing from Portland, Ore. on Dec. 5, 2020 has been found. Mataya was found Saturday, Dec. 19. The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division is thankful for the community support to find her.  

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child. 

Report child abuse to?the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).? This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. You can also report child abuse by calling a local police department, county sheriff, county juvenile department, or Oregon State Police.  

Update on COVID-19 vaccine clinics planned for long-term care facilities - 12/20/20

Salem, OR — The first long-term care facility residents and staff will begin to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Oregon tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.

To protect facility residents from the risk of infection, Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and partnering facilities and pharmacies will provide all media with video footage and photographs of the roll out.  

A press release with more information will be sent on Monday. This release, which is expected to be issued midday, will include updated information on the availability of photos and video along with contact information for the participating partners who are supplying the content.

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UPDATE -- Oregon Department of Human Services announces that Missing teenager Clarence Windom has been found - 12/18/20

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, is thankful for the community support to find Clarence Windom.

Clarence Windom, age 18, a teenager in foster care who went missing from Salem on Oct. 15, 2020. He was found on Dec. 17, 2020.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As DHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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