Short term public aid, government benefits and longer term self-sufficiency is available in Washington County. The very low income can explore a number of federal government and state of Oregon resources. Much of the public funding is targeted at satisfying basic needs, such as housing, food, and medical care.
Cash assistance may be offered to low-income and working poor families with children while they strive to become self-sufficient as part of TANF / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The goal of this public assistance program is to reduce the number of Washington County families living in poverty, through employment, self-sufficiency and community resources. Income levels need to be met in order to apply for help.
Vouchers for buying food may be offered as part of SNAP. In addition, education and job training may be provided as well through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) program. Among other things, this resource will offer groceries and educational programs to help low income households make healthy food choices. Other groups and organizations that participate in this education includes Department of Human Services as well as the Oregon OSU Extension Service. Other similar benefits include the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) and the WIC.
Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children is called WIC for short. This is a special supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women, infants and children. Public funds can be used to buy formula, meals, and similar items.
Washington County refugees and immigrants may get help as well. Resources can assist those families that are new to the area and that are coming to the US as they are in grave danger because their home government is either unwilling or unable to protect them. Get information on employment opportunities, housing, and maybe very short term cash assistance.
People on public assistance may enroll into the JOBS Program. This is Oregon’s main employment and job training program. The goal is to help qualified Washington County receive employment and avoid the need for future welfare benefits.
The program has been scaled back and the number of services offered has been curtailed. What may be provided includes job search, work experience, and more. Clients will be assigned to a case manager. Other resources offered include JOBS Plus subsidized employment, high school or GED training for teen parents, and limited cash support payments. The program is administered in Washington County by the DHS Children, Adults and Families (CAF) office.
Financial literacy classes and workshops are offered. Many non-profit credit counselors and other groups work towards this. They may offer information on issues such as How to Avoid a Mortgage Crisis; Debt Management; Housing Counseling and more.
Other employment resources are available across Washington County. Some are available in partnership with other groups. Examples can be OSU Ecampus, which offers support on creating resumes.
Housing assistance is offered, including information on public housing, rent assistance, and more. Some of these resources are offered in partnership with Community Action Partnership of Oregon and the Housing and Community Services. Qualified clients can also get information on housing, heating, and utility bill assistance.
Family Resource Centers will also have information on emergency food resources and pantries in the County. Or learn about nutrition education, faith-based efforts, community kitchens, community gardens, and local farmers' markets.
Information on medical care is offered from Oregon Safenet and the Health Plan. Low income residents can get details and referrals for community health, social, and mental health services. Or learn about Medicaid or health insurance for seniors, such as Medicare.
The Washington County Oregon Family Resource Centers provide assistance in many forms. Those that qualify may receive food boxes, clothing and other important services. The main locations are below.
15625 SW Greystone Ct., Beaverton, OR 97006, phone: 503-646-9952
5300 NE Elam Young Pky, Hillsboro, OR 97124, dial 503-693-4555
Forest Grove Family Resource Center, main number is 503-359-2598
10777 SW Cascade Ave, Tigard, OR 97223, dial 503-670-9711
Washington County Processing Center, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124, 503-693-4769
Banks Family Resource Center, 503-324-5686
Sherwood Family Resource Center (SHARE Center), 503-825-5480
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