There are several different places that families can turn to for aid in Eugene and Lane County. There are organizations and resources that provide help with rent, energy bills, weatherization and energy conservation programs, and other everyday expenses.
The utility company created an assistance program that provides the unemployed with credits on their utility bills. There are still funds available to distribute to unemployed customers who struggling to pay their utility bills in this difficult economy, even if they’ve already received help from EWEB earlier this year. Eugene Water and Electric Board works closely with local organizations, including the Lane County Human Services Commission, which contracts with St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, the Campbell Senior Center, and the Catholic Community Services to get people signed up for the assistance program.
The amount of assistance being provided has increased this year. As part of the company’s customer care program, EWEB has greatly increased the amount of the credit it gives unemployed customers to $300 from $200. The energy bill credit from EWEB’s will apply to any unemployed customer, regardless of their current or past income. However customers need to have proof of receiving state unemployment benefits within 14 days of the date of their application for the assistance.
To learn more or apply, contact St. Vincent de Paul, call the utility help line 461-8794 or stop by the Lane County Human Services Commission social service office at 456 Highway 99 North.
The Lane County Human Services Commission has several other options for local families and administers numerous other programs. They include those listed below. Contact them at (541) 682-3798 to apply or learn more. They offer the programs listed below.
Call Human Services Commission at 541-682-3798 for information on these and other resources.
Community Sharing Program - The agency provides a wide range of basic-need and emergency financial assistance to low to moderate income residents of South Lane County Oregon. Cottage Grove. Phone (541) 942-2176
Family Services of Eugene is a Salvation Army affiliated agency. Programs offered include limited energy, heating, and utility bill help for Blachley Lane and Lane Electric customers only. They offer emergency rental assistance or loans to those with an eviction notice, a free food box program, prescriptions, and vouchers for basic needs such as clothing or furniture. (541) 343-3328.
Catholic Charities of Eugene - The agency offers assistance to meet basic needs of the low to moderate income, and services offered include groceries, food assistance, rent help, funds for paying utilities and heating bills, prescriptions, hygiene, LTD day passes, and clothing. The charity and its partner churches support all of Lane County Oregon. They also work closely with the regional energy companies in an effort to help people with paying their heating and utility bills. (541) 345-3642, or learn more.
Centro Latino Americano - Assistance programs and information for the local Hispanic Community. Advocacy, health care, referrals to shelter, medical assistance, and counseling programs. CARS-Crisis Assistance Referral Service. Jobs-Assist in connecting client with employer for day labor. Los Ninos-Assists families with children 0-17 years old. Rental, heating and energy bill assistance, as well as an emergency food box program. Call (541) 687-2667
ShelterCare -They run the Homelessness Prevention Program, which can help families with children who are at risk of eviction or homelessness to remain in stable housing or their apartment. It combined help from government grants with supportive services. The key is to keep the Eugene family in their home.
The housing assistance program provides minimal financial assistance and cash grants for paying rent or utility bills, coupled with a year of appropriate one-on-one assistance. This includes counseling and job training to help keep these families in their homes. The agency is based in Eugene Oregon. Phone (541) 689-7156, or more on ShelterCare housing programs.
Lane County Senior and Disabled Services - Offers a variety of services to seniors and family caregivers throughout Lane County, including help with paying energy bills, food, information on health care, and more. (541) 998-5367
Lane County Salvation Army - While the non-profit does not offer extensive financial assistance, they do offer the low income and working poor a number of wide ranging programs. Families can get help with basic needs such as clothing and free food boxes. The organization provides free Christmas assistance, including meals, toys, and the Angel Tree programs. Another focus of the Salvation Army is on homeless prevention, and this can include limited amounts of rent or energy assistance. Veterans can also get help as well, including housing and job training. Click more details.
St. Vincent Depaul - Provides appliances, furniture, groceries, emergency food boxes, clothing, housing aid, household goods, rent, utility and energy bill assistance, prescription medication vouchers, transportation, and loan of medical equipment. Find additional prescription programs, or call the agency at (541) 689-6747.
The Saint Vincent organization also works with numerous churches and charities in Lane County. They combine resources and partner with these groups in an effort to help the greatest number of people. A significant focus is on addressing housing and homelessness. Read Lane County St. Vincent assistance programs.
Lindholm Center administers a number of resources. They include emergency rent help, free food boxes, clothing, furniture, appliances, household goods, loans of medical equipment, prescription medications, and transportation assistance. They also process LIHEAP applications. 456 Hwy 99, Eugene, OR 97402, (541) 461-8688
Assistance with Lane County water bills may be provided by programs administered by the Eugene Water and Electric Board. Examples of the programs available include Customer Care, assistance for the unemployed, credits, and support for military members as well. Find Eugene Water and Electric Board programs.
Springfield Community Service Center is another leading non-profit for Lane County. Get information on diapers, personal hygiene products, prescription assistance, food boxes, and more. There may be grants from the center for paying certain household expenses, such as for utility bill and rental assistance. The Lane County non-profit may also have vouchers for school clothes and related supplies as well as other aid. (541) 345-3628, or learn more.
Lane Electric Cooperative Member Assistance Program (MAP) is a energy bill assistance program for those that are struggling. The MAP program is generally available after federal funds are exhausted. Referrals to non-profits are offered too. Location is 787 Bailey Hill Road, Eugene, Oregon 97402.
Senior and Adult Program Campbell Community Center provides heating and utility assistance for seniors 60. It can pay for natural gas, heating oil, propane, or even wood. 155 High St, Eugene, OR 97401. Dial (541) 682-3378.
Junction City Local Aid offers emergency financial assistance for needs such as food, bus tokens, clothing, utilities or propane gas, or prescriptions. Call (541) 998-3992 to apply.
Blachly Lane Energy Share is an assistance program for those people with a shut off notice on their utilities. There are income restrictions and the program is formally known as Blachly Lane Electric Cooperative.
St. Benedict Lodge Catholic Church of Mckenzie Bridge Oregon (phone (541) 822-3249) can give people groceries and food boxes, limited rental and electric bill assistance, Caring Tree at Christmas, shoe vouchers and holiday gifts, family visits, emergency gas, trips to town, furniture and appliances. All aid is limited.
Short term and emergency funds to pay rent or security deposits are also available for income qualified residents. Find a comprehensive listing of non-profit agencies that administer rent assistance in Lane County.
Looking Glass and the New Roads service is for Lane County residents age 16-21 only. The organization can provide provide basic needs, such as for rent. Other resources include behavioral health, outreach, employment development, and referrals to other agencies. The program is open Monday-Friday and is located at 931 W 7th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402, or call 541.686.4310.
Lane County government assistance - The local government, Human Services Division, and other agencies administer a number of cash and other assistance programs for the needy. The unemployed, working poor, seniors, and others may be able to receive help. Services can assistance with medical bills, rent, food, energy expenses and much more. Community Service Centers also work closely with the county. Learn more.
NEDCO Homeownership Center - Non-profit that provides mortgage delinquency, default and foreclosure counseling. HUD approved non-profit center. Also, learn about debt reduction programs. Dial (541) 345-7106. More on government mortgage programs.
Call any of the following for food assistance. Triangle Food Box ((541) 927-3404), Community Sharing Program (dial (541) 942-2176), Deadwood Community Services ((541) 964-5031), as well as St. Matthews Episcopal Church ((541) 689-4010).
There are additional pantries in the region. All are focused on low income families. If these centers can’t help you, find more Lane County food banks.
The White Bird - Clinic offers both dental and health care assistance on a sliding fee scale. Provides both dental and medical care focused on those with little or no income and no insurance. Eugene Oregon. Call (541) 484-4800
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic - The center is a volunteer medical clinic dedicated to providing primary medical health care, labs and testing, medications, mental health, information and referrals to low income and uninsured adults in Lane County. Primary medical care will be provided for all individuals who meet eligibility guidelines. Services include: doctors appointments, minor trauma, information on drug assistance programs, such as that from Walmart and Humana, prevention and health maintenance, health education, mental health services, prescription assistance, specialty and diagnostic referral, diabetic management and education program and other provider-dependent procedures. Call (541) 686-3797
Other community clinics to call for low cost or free medical care include Mckenzie River Clinic ((541) 822-3341) as well as Lakeside Clinic ((541) 937-2134).
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