Can You Get Food Stamps on Workers Compensation in Oregon?

The average household receiving food stamps in Oregon got $250 a month in 2009.
The average household receiving food stamps in Oregon got $250 a month in 2009. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Qualifying for food stamps in Oregon depends largely upon the income of your household, which includes everyone living in the home whether or not they're related, compared with the number of people living in the house. The U.S. Department of Agriculture sets the income guidelines at 130 percent of the poverty level or less. This amount includes all sources of income, even workers compensation.

Income Guidelines

The USDA sets the maximum monthly income amount at $1,174 for gross income -- income before subtractions -- for a one-person household in Oregon, and $903 for net income -- income after subtractions -- for the same household. Gross limits rise by about $400 for each additional person in the home, and net limits rise by about $300. Whatever money is coming into the household is counted, meaning workers compensation is counted, as well.

Earned and Unearned Income

Workers compensation is considered unearned income, according to Work World. Both earned and unearned income amounts are calculated when deciding an applicant's eligibility for food stamp benefits. This means you need to report your workers compensation when applying for food assistance benefits in Oregon.

Workers Compensation

There are two types of workers compensation, according to Work World, and those are temporary and permanent. Workers compensation payments are made to people who have suffered a job-related illness or injury, and are also paid to the surviving family members of employees who have died on the job.


As long as the combination of the workers compensation payments and other forms of earned or unearned income in the house are at or under 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, you can qualify for assistance in Oregon, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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