A few local organization and charities offer several programs to people in need.
For medical and dental aid, referrals to other programs, and housing assistance, you can turn to Community Outreach. This agency offers several services, including these:
Call Community Outreach at (541) 758-3000.
Fish of Albany can also help. They offer:
Fish of Albany can be reached at (541) 928-4460.
Linn County Salvation Army provides low to moderate income individuals with emergency assistance on a first come and served basis as funding allows. Some of the services offered include the following, depending on funding levels. There may be financial support for income qualified households who have received a shut-off notice for energy or water bills. The applicant from the Albany Oregon area needs to still have their power on (so it can’t be shut off) and funds are only offered during the fall and winter.
As noted above, grants can help Albany Oregon families in the form of utility and heating bill assistance. There is also a food bank on site. Other Salvation Army resources include clothing, counseling, personal hygiene items, women ministries, disaster services and more. Call (541) 928-4774, or more on Linn County Salvation Army programs.
Linn County housing and rental assistance can stop evictions and rehouse the homeless. Financial aid as well as case management can help families that are behind on their rent or that have a pay or quit notice from their property owner. Emergency funds can help with everything from a deposit to moving costs or back rent that is due. Click more information.
Another non-profit charity organization to turn to is Sweet Home Emergency Ministries - SHEM. (541) 367-6504. They run the SHEM Food Pantry:, which offer groceries, food boxes and more to families and individuals, seniors and others. The food will help them their nutritional needs. They also offer client assistance, which provides emergency financial assistance and cash grants to needy families and individuals. Assistance offered by this program includes utility and heating bill assistance, rental assistance, prescription drug assistance, lodging vouchers, gasoline vouchers, bus tickets, and access to short term emergency housing.
The local community action agency is Community Services Consortium. They offer several services and programs, including the Oregon Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Gas Assistance Program (GAP) , S.O.S. (Central Lincoln PUD customers), the state of Oregon Low Income Gas Assistance Program (OLGA), as well as the Oregon Heat Oregon Energy Assistance (OEA). They can also provide grants for housing expenses, and offer free food. Call the agency at (541) 752-1010.
Any resident facing hunger, whether they live on a low income or are homeless, can get assistance. Soup kitchens in Albany serve hot meals several days per month. There are also charities as well as churches that operate food pantries or that can help working poor households apply for SNAP food stamps. Options include the Salvation Army (dial (541)928-4774), FISH, and many others. Locate Linn County Oregon food pantries.
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