Washington County Oregon assistance.
Home repair program
You can receive housing assistance from the Home Access and Repair for the Disabled and Elderly (HARDE) program. The program provides grants and/or low-interest loans to low- and moderate-income Washington county residents so that they can improve and repair their homes. Including taking such actions as repairing deteriorated siding or roofing, fixing a broken door or windows, repairing plumbing or electrical systems, replace or repair defective heating systems and structural defects. The maximum grant or low interest loan that is available through the HARDE program is $3,500.
In addition, the loans and grants also can be used to improve accessibility needs, such as providing wider doorways, including adding ramps, adding shower rails, grab rails, lower kitchen counters and cabinets, elevated toilets, roll-under sinks, installing security devices and door handles.
Qualifications for the home repair assistance program include being disabled or elderly (62 or older), being a Washington County resident, having an urgent need for the improvements or repairs, or accessibility improvements, and people applying also must meet income guidelines. Dial (503) 846-8814 to learn more.
Housing assistance programs
The United Way, working closely with Community Action in Washington County (phone (503) 648-6646), provides rent assistance to people in need, and they will also provide funds to those who may be facing an eviction. Historically the groups have been able to prevent almost 50 evictions per month, but lately they have been assisting more renters due to the weak economy. The City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, and the Hillsboro Community Foundation all have been major contributors and supporters of the programs being offered. The United Way also helps fund some rent assistance programs in Portland Oregon.
Emergency cash grants and financial assistance
The non-profit organization that offers the most services is the Community Action Organization. They offer these services and resources to qualified individuals.
- Energy assistance - The agency helps low to moderate income households in Hillsboro and the county with paying their heating bills and electricity costs. The energy bill assistance program operates year-round using federal government, state of Oregon, and private funding from utility companies and other private donations. Assistance for utility bills and its availability depends on funding cycles, type of requests, and donations received. Funding is limited.
- Rental assistance programs - The Washington County Oregon Community Action agency also has limited funding and resources to provide emergency rent assistance so individuals and families can stay in their homes or apartments. Read more on eviction prevention programs.
- Weatherization assistance - The non-profit agency also provides cost-free weatherization services and energy conservation programs to low to moderate income-qualified residents (both homeowners and renters) of Washington County. The primary objective of the weatherization program is to provide free services and resources that will help families lower their heating and utility bills and stay warmer, safer and more comfortable during the year.
Call Community Action Organization at (503) 648-6646 to learn more about these or other programs.
IRCO, formally known as the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (503) 234-1541, provides qualified individuals with access to rent and utility bill assistance programs. They also run culturally specific financial education classes, debt reduction services, and budgeting skills to promote long-term financial stability of African refugee and immigrant families in the area. Read more on debt assistance.
Care To Share - One day per month qualified clients may call to request rent assistance for the following month. Several other assistance programs will be offered too, many by referrals. The non-profit can coordinate food assistance, funds for energy bills, and other emergency financial aid. Beaverton Oregon. (503) 924-3129. Learn more.
St. Alexander Catholic church of Cornelius Oregon provides limited rent, heating, and utility bill assistance. In addition, the church provides food boxes to Cornelius residents. Phone (503) 359-0304
St. Francis Social Action offers numerous assistance programs. Groceries, every day free food, as well as holiday food boxes are available for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter. Furniture and clothes can also be provided. Sherwood Oregon based. The pantry is open Wednesdays 9-11am and 5-7pm, as well as Thursdays 9-11 am. Call (503) 625-7067
Washington County Family Resource Centers can provide information on and referrals to many of the government benefits and public assistance programs. They can serve as a great resource for the less fortunate and low income in the community. Some examples of the services available are as follows.
- Food stamp applications and information on job training for recipients.
- Additional nutritional support and food is available from WIC.
- Grants and cash assistance programs are available for the very low income, such as TANF.
- Homeless prevention, emergency rent and utility help, and other support may be provided to Washington County and Hillsboro families in a crisis.
- Other government assistance is available too. More on public assistance in Washington County.
Your Next Step - This agency provides grant payments of up to $200, and the money is payable for each qualified applicant of the programs and agency. Money can be used to pay an emergency, in a crisis, and people can apply for help only once. The grant can be used to help pay for either utility bills, prescription, medical bills, rent, or certain other expenses. Beaverton Oregon. (503) 330-7755
Salvation Army of Tualatin Valley Council (phone number (503) 640-4311) is a non-profit that provides energy and utility bill assistance from January through May of each and every year when funds are available. Note they do not help with rent expenses. The agency tries to assist the low income in western Washington County.
Several other Salvation Army centers operate in the region. While some emergency financial assistance may be offered for needs such as rent or heating bills, the focus is on offering other types of support. The non-profit tries to address the cause of the individual’s hardship. So case managers will provide such support as credit counseling, employment referrals, and more. Other basic needs such as food, clothing, and holiday meals and gifts may be offered too. Click more Washington County Salvation Army programs.
Washington County Oregon Care To Share – Funds can help pay utility bills, including water, electric, and gas. Dial (503) 726-0407
Homeless Prevention from Emergency Solution Grants can help tenants and the homeless in Washington County Oregon. The resources available include case management, motel vouchers, shelter, and emergency grants for certain costs such as rent, water, or heating bills. The program can help the following.
- Low income families that need to find income based apartments.
- Seniors or the disabled that are close to losing their home or apartment.
- Tenants that are facing an imminent or future eviction doe to unforeseen financial circumstances. Find more Washington County eviction and rehousing assistance.
Churches from Society of Saint Vincent offer basic needs. The charity, which is faith based but helps regardless of age, race, or religion, may have some of the following.
- Thrift stores, food pantries and clothing closets offer furniture, work clothing, and food in Washington County.
- Referrals are given to grant programs and short term help for deposits, water bills, and more.
- Other services may be shelter, vouchers for gasoline for a job interview, and more. More on St. Vincent in Washington County.
City Of Forest Grove – Offers limited amounts of help for paying electric bills. 1924 Council Street, Forest Grove, Oregon 97116. Dial (503) 992-3221 for intake.
Washington County Love INC covers small portions of the county. The faith based, church group and its ministries offer many programs, most of which are for satisfying basic needs. Call for intake or referrals.
Examples of the resources include free food, clothing, Christmas gifts and school supplies for children. There may also be items for infants or single mothers, such as diapers or formula. The Clearinghouse at the charity offers other referrals too, including to shelters or low income housing units in the region. Learn more.
Share and Care provides housing assistance in the region. The homeless, or people facing eviction, can call the organization. Everything from information on low income housing, government grants, and short term loans for rent or housing expenses is available for Washington County families. Read more Share and Care.
Free diapers, baby formula, and supplies - Many Washington County area help struggling parents. Call an organization for information on WIC vouchers, pantries that have baby formula, and diaper banks. Other aid can be provided too. Assistance is available in the region. More on free diapers in Washington County.
Thrift stores and clothing closets in Hillsboro and the county can provide free items or low cost goods to the needy. Low income families may receive vouchers or gift certificates that they can use to pay for and receive free clothes, school supplies, shoes, and Christmas gifts and toys. Other individuals and families can shop at a thrift store in Washington County Oregon for low priced items, such as furniture or household goods. Continue reading.
Several other agencies focus on providing eviction prevention, housing grants, and other services. Read more about Hillsboro rent assistance programs, which serve all of Washington County Oregon.
Christmas toys, holiday meals, presents, and food boxes are available from seasonal programs. Agencies as well as volunteers provide Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas help to less fortunate residents. More holiday assistance in Washington County Oregon.
Transitions Project - Veterans only can get rent and utility bill assistance. The grants are available as part of SSVF. Other resources are arranged too. They include security deposit or first month rental assistance, employment and education services, eviction prevention, free legal aid around housing discrimination or barriers. In addition, the program can pay for pother bills (such as energy) that may support stable housing. For details, dial 503-280-4700.
Foreclosure assistance and mortgage delinquency in Washington County Oregon
Open Door Counseling Center - Located in Hillsboro, the non-profit is a HUD certified housing counseling agency. Among other services, they provide a mortgage foreclosure prevention program (prevention counseling, mediation, advocacy with lenders, debt reduction, money management, and loss-mitigation), and they can help people buy a home through pre-purchase home ownership counseling and workshops. Learn more on Oregon mortgage assistance programs. Or dial (503) 640-0952
Medical care from community clinics for low income and those with limited or no insurance
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinics - Provide primary health care for the whole family. They focus on prevention and health maintenance by offering, among other health care services, physicals, immunizations, well child exams, and family planning are some of the services. Call (503) 352-6000
The low income, uninsured, and those with no other options can contact Essential Health Care Clinic in Hillsboro Oregon for free or low cost medical care. Call (503) 846-4919
Find more free community clinics and health centers in Washington County Oregon. Read more.
Beaverton Seventh Day Adventist - This is a religious organization gives emergency food box and has a clothing closet on site as well. (503) 591-9025
Sunshine Pantry - A non-profit that runs a food pantry and is also offering food, household items, clothing, toys and toiletries for needy families in Beaverton Oregon. (971) 506-7827
Gales Creek Community church - Monthly food boxes. (503) 357-8873
Sonrise Church's of Hillsboro (dial (503) 640-2449) offers a Food Pantry & Clothing Closet programs. The programs distribute food and clothing to needy people once a month in the community.
Several other food distribution centers and pantries provide assistance to anyone who needs help. Click here to find a listing of more Washington County Oregon food banks.