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Clatsop County assistance programs.

Housing, energy and rental assistance

The Clatsop Community Action Organization will be helping local residents who have lost their Section 8 housing vouchers by using operating regular operating funds as well as federal stimulus funds.

The group has made arrangements to help cover the rent for many families, at a total expense of about $18,000 for each and every month. The organization is hopeful that any others who need help will also contact the CCA organization as soon as they can to figure out how much more money is needed.

The local community action agency also administers the The Low Income Home Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as well as the Oregon Energy Assistance Program (OEAP). Both help paying energy bills, and are funded by Oregon or the federal government. In addition, a Crisis Intervention Programs may be able to assist households and families with paying for energy-related emergencies and bills.

If anyone needs support, they can contact Clatsop Community Action, located at 364 Ninth Street. Call them at (503) 325-1400.

Northwest Oregon Regional Housing Center, which is located in Astoria Oregon, provides services for both homeowners and renters in the local community. Call them to learn about renter counseling and Ready to Rent classes, as well as Section 8 in Oregon. Counselors will work directly with clients to provide mortgage default and foreclosure prevention/counseling, housing rehabilitation and weatherization assistance, which is a government run energy conservation program. Financial assistance and cash grants including rent and utility assistance can also help pay bills. Information for homeless shelters for 3 counties is also available. Dial (503) 325-9215.

CAT is another leading non-profit for the region. The goal is to prevent and reverse poverty in Clatsop  County, and many forms of assistance are available in an effort to make this happen. Some of them are as follows.

  • SSVF is a housing programs for veterans.
  • Heating and utility bill assistance, including government grants, can prevent disconnections.





  • Child development and educational services range from Head Start to job placement.
  • Emergency financial aid, including loans, may be used for everything from rent to food, medications or transportation.
  • Many other services are offered. Click more Community Action Team programs.

Find help with paying rent from churches

Grace Episcopal Church continues to surpassingly have a fairly small amount of people seeking rental assistance from the church. On average, less than ten families per month approach the church for a need for money for utility bills, rent, or if they need transportation. The number of people approaching the church has not increased over the last year or so. Call (503) 325-4691

Food assistance in Clatsop Oregon

There are several local pantries that can provide food assistance and they serve hundreds of meals and people per month. They include the Grace Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church on Grand Avenue  which houses the Clatsop Emergency Food Bank, and also the First Baptist Church on Commercial Street. All of these facilities are well stocked and ready to provide aid. Locate other Oregon food banks and pantries.




By Jon McNamara

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