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Assistance programs in Benton County Oregon.

Some of the financial help in Benton County includes money for paying rent, free food or clothes, utility bill assistance from government agencies, medical care, and more. The leading charity, churches as well as government organizations to apply at, whether they are churches, charities, or government Department of Human Services in Benton County, are listed below

Each will offer some form of free advice or financial aid, grants, offer job placement or gasoline vouchers. Or charities provide free back to school supplies, vouchers to pay for free Internet access or Christmas toys. They give other support to low income families, senior citizens and the disabled in Corvallis and across the county.

Agencies that offer financial assistance or social services in Benton County

The Benton County Salvation Army, which can be reached at (541) 928-4774, runs a family services program which is responsible for providing help to struggling households. They work to assist Low-Income Seniors, the unemployed, struggling Families and Individuals with help. The working poor can apply for Emergency Financial Aid or loans for paying bills such as utility and rent expenses, food, clothing vouchers, and other assistance.

The Salvation Army in Benton also runs other social services. There is a homeless shelter and soup kitchen as well as free Christmas toys, winter coats, and Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Students from K to 12 in Benton County can also get free school supplies, uniforms, or tablets too. Or get case management or shop at the Family Store. More on the Benton County Oregon Salvation Army.

Benton and Corvallis Love provides basic needs, such as food or free school supplies. The churches and volunteers that are part of the charity may have referrals to financial aid from their Clearinghouse service. Other items from the Love Ministries may be baby supplies, holiday meals, basic groceries, and more. The faith based group is focused on the less fortunate and poo in the region, including seniors or the disabled. Continue Reading Love Inc of Benton County.

Low income parents, those in job training, and single mothers among others often struggle to pay for quality, affordable child care. There are free daycare services from the government. The state and federal government offer help in Benton County as well as statewide. Find how to apply for free daycare in Oregon.




The local non-profit community action agency, Community Services Consortium, also offers numerous resources and free services to Corvallis and Benton County families, including those listed below.

  • Thousands of people each and every year receive heating and utility bill assistance from a host of programs including Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),  Oregon Heat and Energy Assistance, Oregon Low Income Gas Assistance Program (OLGA), as well as programs offered by Pacific Power and NW Natural Gas.
  • Rent and homeless prevention programs are also offered. These rental assistance programs may provide qualified renters and homeowners with up one to three months of housing and/or utility bill co-payments. Counselors will also work with the individual in identifying barriers to self-sufficiency and provide free advice.
  • Another resource offered is job search assistance. This program provides for the access to local, regional, and national job listings for people who are seeking employment. Learn about state of Oregon and federal government openings. Also get information about both local and nation employment trends. Interviewing techniques and advice, as well as resume review services are also offered.
  • As part of job search/employment programs in Benton County, the community action agency provides basic needs or material jobs. As some households need clothes, or access to the Internet for them (or their kids). That assistance is offered too, and learn more on free Internet access.

Call the Community Services Consortium at (541) 752-1010 to learn more about these or other assistance programs.

Department of Human Services (DHS) in Benton County is the main government and public assistance agency. They help the poor, unemployed, disabled, and struggling. There is Cash Assistance for Families from TANF as well as Medicaid Applications, which is free government health insurance. The Trail Card is for child care, SNAP food stamps, and health care. Or get elderly support and information on other government grant programs from DHS.

Social Services offer short term, temporary cash aid, or medical care, as well as applications to national programs like SSI disability and others. Address of the office is 4170 SW Research Way #120, Corvallis, OR 97333. Call (541) 757-4201.





Benton County legal aid

Legal Aid Services of Oregon ensures that all people have fair and equal access to an attorney, even if you can’t afford to pay one. Lawyers and legal professionals ensure fair and equal justice for all in Corvallis and the low-income communities of Oregon. They achieve this goal by providing a full range of the highest quality free civil legal services to those in need. Dial 541-928-5323 to learn more or to ask for help. Or click here for more information of free legal aid in Oregon.

Health clinic and medical care

Patients can contact the Yachats Community Health Clinic to receive access to high quality, low cost and very affordable health care. The services and health care programs offered are for the people who live in the greater Yachats area. The agency can provide direct or referral services based on the patients medical need or condition. Qualified doctors, nurses, and medical professionals provide service. Call them at 753-1420.

Get free foreclosure and housing counseling

The Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services offers various housing, mortgage and foreclosure programs. Get advice on buying a home for the first time, information on rehabilitation programs, and other aid. Their foreclosure assistance program can be reached at 541-752-7220, ext. 305. Or click here to learn more about Oregon foreclosure assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara


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