Resources provided to families in Oregon from their local community action agency are extensive. Low income individuals and families can apply for emergency financial assistance and cash grants. Case managers will also work with clients and provide career counseling and employment services. Programs focus on providing short term financial assistance and long term self-sufficiency.
Financial aid in Oregon is focused on addressing housing and other basic needs, and can include rental assistance, food, and funds for paying energy bills. Aid is limited, and numerous conditions need to be met. When a family applies, the community action agency will usually require the individual to go through case management, job training, budgeting, and other similar programs.
Community action agencies process application for Low-Income Heating Assistance, or LIHEAP. This federal and state of Oregon funded program will provide eligible households a one-time cash grant payment towards their winter heating bills. Tens of thousands of people receive help every year, and LIHEAP will pay for electric, natural gas, oil, wood, and propane bills.
Many of the individuals and families served are just going through a difficult period, and maybe had a job loss or unexpected bill. So these families may need short term help heating their homes and keeping the lights on. LIHEAP can assist residents during a difficult period, and a cash grant can even be provided in an emergency to deal with a crisis.
Case managers often usually work with energy providers and utility companies in Oregon to help people enter into payment plans or find other solutions. They can assist residents of their local area with past-due bills or disconnected service. So they will advise you on your rights and provide information on different programs that may be offered.
Last, but least, many of the agencies listed below sets aside their own funds that can be paid out. Most of the money they have is donated from others in the community, and it will go to assist low income customers whose income may have been impacted by a hardship situation or unemployment which makes them temporarily unable to meet their financial obligations and pay their utilities.
Emergency aid and so called Direct Client Assistance Funds are usually created by private contributions intended to assist low income individuals and families with basic needs. Those bills and expenses that are not otherwise met through other public assistance and service programs may be paid for.
Types of financial assistance provided may include work-related needs, such as clothing or footwear, tools. Transportation assistance is always in high demand, and this can include car insurance, money to pay for car repairs, tires, or licensing. Many agencies will help pay for education (as funding allows) as this may be testing or training fees, books.
Non-profits will also sign up people for Energy Education and weatherization services. The Oregon Energy Education Program provides valuable efficiency products and free tips to help make your home more efficient and help you save money. Various conservation workshops are offered and can help people learn and implement simple cost effective ways to lower household utility costs and energy use.
Home Rehabilitation Loans help low income homeowners, in particular seniors and the disabled, pay for safety and health repairs. It is usually paid for through a low interest deferred home loan. Rarely a cash grant may be provided. Some examples of the kinds of work that may be performed from using these loans include roof repair/replacement, repairs to plumbing and electrical systems, remodeling spaces for accessibility, exterior paint, septic upgrades, and more. As loans are repaid to the community action agency, the proceeds are returned to the program to provide assistance for future homeowners.
The Oregon Mortgage Payment Assistance Unemployment (MPAU) program can provide qualified homeowners with up to 12 months of financial assistance. Funds can be provided in the amount of up to $20,000 in mortgage payments. The federal government created this program as part of the Hardest Hit subsidy, and is run at the state level by the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI). Intake services are offered from your local HUD counseling organization or a community action agency. Many locations are certified HUD Housing Counseling centers and also offer free counseling, guidance and assistance to people who need help with their housing situation.
Rental assistance may be offered, and it is designed to help working poor and low-income families maintain or transition into permanent housing. Qualified Oregon families receive help with paying their rent, security deposits, move-in costs, and other housing expenses. Programs can help households who are facing an eviction notice or who are at risk of losing their apartment or home. In addition, case managers from your local community agency will work with households and tenants to determine the best course of action for self-sufficiency, which can often include job training and career counseling. Financial assistance depends on funding availability.
Security deposit assistance may be offered as well, and this is for those who need help making payments for first month’s rent or refundable deposits. Any financial aid or grants paid out must be used in order to obtain affordable housing.
The Low-Income Weatherization Program will provide no-cost energy conservation assistance. The program is in high demand, and there is a waiting list. The first step is an energy audit will be performed to determine the best steps to take and improvements to make based on the existing condition of the home.
Types of services paid for by weatherization may include wall, ceiling and floor insulation; heating duct improvements; energy related minor home repairs; infiltration reduction; and energy conservation tips and education. Some agencies may also be able to provide small electric heaters during the winter, or fans during the summer, in the event of a heating or cooling emergency for 30 days of use.
Weatherization services are available to renters upon their landlord’s approval, and of course lower income home-owners can apply as well. The work is performed by local, highly trained contractors in accordance with state and local building codes. Certified staff will inspect the work as well. This program is funded primarily by federal government, state or Oregon, and utility based dollars and matching grants.
The Disabled and Senior Outreach Program provides special services to vulnerable people in the Oregon community. Through facilitating referrals and home visits, the program helps seniors and the disabled live independently in a safe and healthy environment.
Homeless and lodging assistance may be available for families and individuals who are homeless and in need of temporary shelter or lodging. This can only be used at most once per year. The total number of lodging nights provided by an agency to an applicant is determined on a case by case basis and is dependent on the availability of state and government funds. Only those who are in facing an eviction or in immediate need of housing, and who also have a plan for self-sufficiency, will be eligible to receive this housing assistance. The program is designed for use by residents for a short period of time while they reconstruct their lives to be more self-sufficient, and it can include case management, referral services, and self-sufficiency and goal-setting information.
Financial Literacy and Basic Budgeting Workshops are held throughout the state. Classes focus on providing information to people so they can take control of their finances. Get help with developing a spending plan and learn how to save money. Classes can be held several times a month to provide tools for improving credit history, setting financial goals, managing and reducing credit card debt and provide information on building savings.
First time homebuyers can get help with buying a home. This is one of the biggest investments someone will ever make. Credit and housing counselors can help people understand the home buying process, will assist them with finding safe mortgage loans, help families access down payment assistance, including grants. Much of the information and advice provided is free.
Individual Development Accounts is available in many states, including in Oregon. It is a matched savings account and it can help eligible consumers build financial resources and acquire savings and assets. Funds from the program can be used for paying for higher education, small business start-up or expansion, college costs, or used for purchasing a home.
Employment and training services are administered by the Workforce Development program. This federal and state of Oregon service is responsible for the administration and management of the state’s employment and job training programs. Several components are offered by your community action agency, and they include Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth employment services. Qualified individuals will receive work readiness training, vocational services and post-secondary training, support, and they can even be placed with businesses for on–the-job training and ongoing follow up. Find more details on Oregon job training programs.
Adult job program provides employment services to adults age 18 and older, including seniors. Case managers and specialists focus on offering training, work readiness, counseling, guidance, work experience, job placement and retention, and occupational/vocational training.
Youth Resources involve services and activities directed toward helping the youth and teenagers in Oregon achieve academic and employment success. Programs are tailored for younger individuals, so may include remedial education, summer employment, leadership development, mentoring, etc. to individuals up to 21 years of age.
Individuals in Oregon who are unemployed can look into the Dislocated Worker Program. This program can help individuals, 18 years and older, who have been laid-off, terminated or have received a separation notice. Clients can work with a specialist on career counseling, job placement, relocation services, and really help someone find a new job.
Many community action agencies coordinate On-The-Job Training. The program can provide reimbursement of up to 50% of trainee’s wages during the period in question, with the goal of being finding unsubsidized employment. This gives employees the opportunity to learn skills needed to get back on their feet.
Free food is offered to students and children from the Back-Pack Program. This is a less common program and is made possible by donations and volunteers who get food from local pantries. The backpacks are provided for those children and students identified by teachers at their schools as having food scarcity issues at home.
Emergency Food Boxes are offered at various community action agencies, churches, and charities across Oregon. They are mostly for individuals and families who are in immediate need of healthy yet affordable or free groceries and food. Many of the local pantries are supported through donations, the Oregon Food Bank, and USDA commodities. In addition, some of the boxes are distributed by independent food pantries that have their own schedules, conditions, and hours of operation.
Senior food resources are offered in partnership with Area Agency on Aging centers. Locations provide free nutritious group meals for seniors age 60 and older as well as their spouses. Not only is free healthy food offered, but these congregate meal sites provide recreational activities, activities such as health check ups, information, workshops and education.
Additional food and meals for senior citizens is offered from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. This is available for income-eligible seniors in Oregon. The federal government funded and created CSFP is a health and nutrition service that offers free nutritious pre-assembled food boxes to supplement the daily dietary needs of seniors. The monthly boxes are distributed by community action agencies and other local non-profits. Each food box provided will have a variety of high quality items, and this can include vegetables, evaporated milk, meat, rice, cereal, peanut butter, fruits, etc. The food boxes are distributed to senior citizens and the elderly at multiple sites throughout Oregon, including churches, community action centers, and agency on aging offices.
Meals On Wheels was created for seniors who are homebound, those who can’t shop for themselves and who have a short or long-term need for meals delivered to their home. It provides the elderly and seniors with hot and frozen nutritious meals which meet one-third of the government’s recommended daily allowance.
Pregnant families can benefit from Opening Doors. It helps pregnant women with some or all of the following. This is a free and voluntary program that connects low-income and/or uninsured pregnant women with services to help them have healthy babies. Many people are unsure where to get medical care from, if they qualify for insurance, and are unfamiliar with the managed care system, and this resource an help with all of that.
It can assist with expedited enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan. Work with a case manager on referrals to WIC and other needed services, whether private or public government assistance plans. Community action agencies assist with and expedite the Oregon Health Plan applications. Mothers can get help in connecting with a local Prenatal Care Provider, and in general prepare the parent for childbirth and motherhood.
Oregon Healthy Kids is another state health insurance program which offers residents free and/or low-cost coverage. It is really available for all uninsured Oregon children and teenagers up to their 19th birthday. Your local non-profit agency provides information about the Oregon Healthy Kids services and can even assist families in completing their applications for this or other health care.
The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are for children who are 6 weeks to 5 years old. It is federal government funded, and it can prepare children and infants for success in school. Teachers and case managers will also help show parents how to be their children’s first teachers and also help families set and achieve family goals.
In general, children from low income families who attend Head Start early childhood programs begin school fully prepared to learn. Many studies show that a good early education makes a big difference. Children who enroll in Head Start can receive a better education, learn to play and eat meals together. Students begin to develop literacy, math, and computer skills. Teachers from the non-profit centers build close relationships with parents and children, and everyone will work together to help them reach individual goals.
Many other services are included. Head Start can help parents locate free health care, housing, dental services, and utilities assistance. The program will also help those in Oregon who have special needs. Through coordinated parent-teacher conferences and home visits, it will help establish strong links between families, schools, and child care providers.
Health and nutrition services are offered as part of Head Start. Children will receive a free medical and/or dental exam. Schools and centers can provide hearing, vision, and developmental screenings. Staff from a community action agency help the client locate affordable services in Oregon. Children and their parents learn healthy habits, including good nutrition, hand washing, and tooth brushing. In addition, the Head Start center offers free healthy meals and snacks.
ACCESS, Inc. of Jackson County
Address is 3630 Aviation Way
Medford, Oregon 97501
Telephone: (541) 779-6691
The community action agency is HUD certified, so they focus on housing and homeless prevention among other services. However, they also have information on food pantries in Oregon, grants for paying heating bills from LIHEAP, and other financial aid. Continue.
Clackamas County Social Services
Mailing address is PO Box 2950
Oregon City, OR 97045
Call - (503) 655-8641
Community Action Organization
Main address - 1001 SW Baseline Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Telephone: (503) 648-6646
This non-profit supports Washington County Oregon. Low income families can apply for grants for paying utility bills from LIHEAP. Other programs can provide free food, Head Start, and ongoing case management.
Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO)
Location is 721 SE 3rd St.
Pendleton, OR 97801
Call (541) 278-5671 for intake
Counties covered are Gilliam, Umatilla, Wheeler, Umatilla Tribe, and Morrow. The non-profit offers shelter and lodging, loans and financial support from partners such as Helping Hand, and of course job placement programs. Continue Community Action Program of East Central Oregon services.
Community Action Team, Inc.
Main address - 125 N. 17th Street
St. Helens, OR 97051
Telephone: (503) 397-3511
Counties include Clatop, Columbia, and Tillamook. Learn more.
Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc.
Main address - 104 Elm Street
La Grande, Oregon 97850
Dial (541) 963-3186
Support is for people in Baker, Grant, Union, and Wallowa Oregon.
Community in Action
Main address - 49 NW 1st Street, Suite 6
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone - (541) 889-1060
If you live in Harney or Malheur County, call this non-profit.
Community Services Consortium
250 Broadalbin Street, SW
Albany, OR 97321
Services are offered for seniors, children, and low income families in Benton, Lincoln and Linn Oregon. Look into government grants, free food, and emergency housing assistance, including rent and mortgage.
Human Services Commission of Lane County
Human Services Manager
125 E. 8th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Telephone: (541) 682-3797
This non-profit serves as both the community action agency and offers other services in the county. A combination of government grants for paying certain expenses is combined with case management, referrals, job placement, and more. Read more.
Klamath and Lake Community Action Agency
Center address - 1803 Main Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Primary telephone - (541) 882-3500
Mid-Columbia Community Action Council, Inc.
312 East 4th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
Telephone: (541) 298-5131
Supports residents in Hood River, Sherman, and Wasco.
The non-profit can help low income families overcome barriers to employment, administers Head Start, and limited financial aid for heating and other bills from LIHEAP. Learn more.
Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency
2475 Center Street, NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Telephone: (503) 585-6232
One of the larger non-profit agencies in Marion and Polk County. Thousands of low income and working poor families receive help every year. A focus is on self-sufficiency and career counseling. However apply for government grants for paying rent, heating bills, and Oregon health care programs.
Multnomah County Department of Human Services, Community Services Division
421 SW Oak Street, Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97204-1623
Telephone: (503) 988-6295
Assistance is for families in the greater Portland area. This government agency not only help families apply for Oregon benefits such as food stamps, disability or section 8, but other low income programs are available too. Read Multnomah County Department of Human Services.
Location - 2303 SW First Street
Redmond, OR 97756
Call (503) 548-2380 for intake
Covers regions and counties of Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson.
Oregon Coast Community Action
Main location is 2110 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Counties - Coos, Curry, Coquille Tribes, Western Douglas. To find more information on their services, click here.
Oregon Human Development Corporation
Address: 9600 S.W. Oak St., Ste. 565
Tigard, OR 97223
Telephone - (503) 245-2600
United Community Action Network (UCAN)
Location - 280 Kenneth Ford Drive
Roseburg, OR 97470
Call (541) 492-3501 for intake
Counties - Douglas and Josephine
Case management is available from this community action agency along with referrals. The organization may have grants for paying housing expenses (such as back rent or a security deposits), applications for weatherization, and other services. More on programs from United Community Action Network.
Yamhill Community Action Partnership
800 NE 2nd
McMinnville, Oregon 97128-0621
Telephone: (503) 472-0457
Fax: (503) 472-5555
Also help the Grand Ronde Tribe region.
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