If you need help with bills, finding a job, or other aid, the Community Action Team, Inc. (C.A.T.) is a not-for-profit, private corporation that assists residents of Columbia County. C.A.T. currently helps over 15,000 people annually throughout the area. Call them at (503) 397-3511 to learn more or apply for the programs they may offer.
Emergency housing program and help with rent
The housing program will provide assistance to those households that are earning less than 60% of the median income of families in Columbia County. The C.A.T. organization serves a variety of families and individuals, including undereducated and underemployed single parent households, senior adults, children & youth, adults with permanent physical and psychiatric disabilities, and low income, struggling families. Locate other ways to get help with rent.
Emergency Energy Bill Assistance Program
The primary goal of this energy and utility bill program is to assist low to moderate income households who are in need of basic services such utility bill assistance, and grants are available to provide help with bills. More on electric bill assistance.
The C.A.T. community action agency has offered residents a weatherization program that is targeted to help those households who have an annual income that is at a certain thresholds as determined by the federal government poverty level. Both renters and homeowners may also be able to qualify for the program if their incomes do not exceed the 60% of the statewide median income level. Weatherization improvements can help people save several hundred dollars per year on their utility and heating bills.
Cash grants for housing rehabilitation
The Community Action Team of Columbia County works with various local government agencies, including St. Helens, to obtain and administer Community Development Block Grant funds that are used for housing rehabilitation. What this amounts to is no-interest, deferred payment loans (no payment until house is sold) are offered to qualified home owners. The funds are to be used to update and modernize the homes, and ensure they are safe to live in.
Many other programs are run by the agency, and read Community Action Team assistance programs.
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