There are several places to turn to help rent help, financial assistance for paying utility and heating bills, weatherization, and other programs in Yakima County Washington. Learn more about your options below.
Contact the local branch of Catholic Family & Child Services is a non-profit charity organization that may be able to provide financial help. While funding is limited, some of the services offered to those in need of help include:
Call Catholic Charities at (509) 457-5112, or click here.
The Salvation Army of Yakima County is another place to turn to for help. Call them at 509-453-3139. Some of the programs offered by this agency include.
St Vincent Center, which is located in Union Gap Washington (phone (509) 457 - 5112), offers a limited rent assistance program that may be able to provide short-term assistance to prevent eviction. There may be funds for paying security deposits or 1st month's rent to help the homeless obtain housing and cash vouchers to pay for short-term shelter in local hotels or motels. Click here to find other rent assistance programs.
The charity also operates a thrift store and food pantry for vulnerable Yakima Washington families. The goal is to offer emergency support and a holistic, case management process. Find more information on the churches and programs from St. Vincent in Yakima.
The Yakima based Northwest Community Action Center provides both rent help and shelter. The rental assistance program will provide up to $250 at most once per year to assist those in need with paying the first months rent or past due rent when at risk of becoming evicted from their home or apartment. Shelter is also provided if someone is homeless or on the street. (509) 865-7630
Several other agencies offer emergency rent help. The goal is to stop evictions in Yakima County as well as rehouse families into a new, more affordable apartment. Non-profits, or government programs such as HEN, can assist with overdue rent or security deposits as well. More Yakima County rent assistance.
A program that people can turn to for aid is the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). This emergency program assists low to moderate income households, senior citizens, and disabled with paying their winter heating bills. The EAP program serves an average of 1800 households every program year.
A free option to save money on your utility and heating bills is the federal government funded weatherization program. Homeowners can save up to 50% on their heating and cooling bills by weatherizing their home. And best of all, the weatherization program is free to qualified homeowners.
For more information on, or to apply for either of these energy programs, call the Northwest Community Action Center at (509) 865-7630.
YNHS - Yakima Neighborhood Health Servicesoffers various assistance programs. They focus on eviction prevention, rehousing, and also coordinating free medical and dental care. Much of the financial aid is for the homeless, with some support for very low income families in Yakima.
The Resource Centers will offer information on emergency rental assistance. This may come in the form of a loan or government supported grant. Other funds may be for paying a security deposit on approved low income apartments or transitional housing. YNHS also offers dental care (such as cleanings), medications from a pharmacy on 8th Street, and other basic medical care for the uninsured. Click here Yakima Neighborhood Health.
The Depot - This agency provides up to $25 toward paying utility and heating bills, offers funds for electric and water bills, and other support for people who are in need in Yakima and Union Gap only. Also provides emergency vouchers for 5 gallons of propane for heating. Phone (509) 249 - 6232
Yakima Union Gospel Mission is a facility that has many volunteers. UGM's Urgent Care Clinic serves those who are needy and live in the community, people who are staying in the shelter, those on our recovery program, and other low income and uninsured from the community. Many area nurses, doctors, medical professionals and dentists volunteer their time and services to help the homeless and needy with some of their medical needs and health care costs. This health care assistance program is for those who are not receiving government coupons or who do not have any other health insurance plan assistance available to them. Yakima Washington (509) 248 - 4510.
Medical care is administered from the following clinics or health centers.
ABCD - Access to Baby & Child Dentistry Program offers services, including Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Program. In Sunnyside call 509-837-5005. Or for the Yakima center dial 509-453-6681.
Maternal Health Services is administered at Yakima Memorial. Call 509-575-8160
Mom & Me Dental Care is for underinsured children and low income parents. Cleanings, fluoride, check ups, and other dental assistance is administered. 1-800-964-9889 or 509-248-1305
New Hope Clinic can provide services for people with AIDS/HIV. Call 509-453-7144 for intake.
Yakima Indian Health Center. For dental care dial 509-865-2011. For basic medical care the number is 509-865-2025.
Yakima Children’s Village is for young adults, teenagers and children with special health care needs. Phone 1-800-745-1077.
A non-profit known as Neighborhood Health operates in both Sunnyside Washington as well as Yakima. Phone 509-837-8200.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is for immigrants and farm workers. Grandview (dental) 509-882-3444 or call 509-882-3444 for other medical. Toppenish Washington (medical) 509-865-5600, or (dental) 509-865-3886
A few of the primary food banks in the county are listed below. However there are a few dozen other distribution centers and charities in the region that can help meet nutritional needs. Groceries, fruits, vegetables, baby formula and more may be provided. More on Yakima food banks.
Grandview Seventh-Day Adventist Community Services - Provides free food and the possibility of clothing to members of the community in need. Phone (509) 882 - 7919
Other non-profits to stop by or call for free food, groceries, advice, and other aid in the Yakima area include the Granger Food Bank, the Mabton Food Bank ((509) 894 - 4273), Naches Presbyterian Church (dial (509) 653 - 2527), as well as the The Pantry at Moxee.
Many other resources are available to help prevent hunger. Or click here for additional free food and government programs and/or food stamps.
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