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Assistance programs Jackson County Oregon and Medford.

Churches, charities, and government assistance programs provide emergency financial help and long term stability. The main agencies in Jackson County that help with rent or electric bills, or that provide free food or Christmas toys, or that offer mortgage or medical care are located below. Everything from cash grants for paying bills to free stuff is provided.

Low income families have other options too. If they need free school supplies or information on affordable housing in Medford, or maybe money for a rent or utility deposit, help is offered. Or access free debt counseling (reduction) services, car payment help, and so much more.

Find rental assistance

The federal government will, in most years, provide annual funds to local housing as well as programs. For example, the Upper Rogue Community Center will often receive thousands of dollars in Federal Funds to provide residents rental assistance. The financial aid is combined with case management, guidance, and budgeting support.

The community center will be able to provide qualified Upper Rogue residents one time free rent assistance grants for up to $400. The funds are limited and have income criteria and other conditions. If you are not qualified under this criteria, the Upper Rogue Community Center also received grants and funds from the Walker Foundation for rental, emergency, and prescription drug assistance.

Families and individuals who live in Shady Cove, White City, Eagle Point, Prospect, and Butte Falls need to know that there is help available from the center. Anyone who is interested in applying for aid should call the center to make an appointment to meet with a counselor.

In addition, the thrift store on location is also the beneficiary of federal stimulus funds through the Job Council, and the store will be open longer hours. The Upper Rogue Community Center is located at 22465 Highway 62, behind city hall, in Jackson County Oregon.

Help with bills from ACCESS, Inc.

This is the community action organization for Jackson County. They have several programs that can help low income people, people with disabilities, and children. Job and career resources are offered too.




Housing assistance, including help with rent and paying your mortgage. There is also information on utility and heating bill help. While funding varies, in most years ACCESS Inc. Family Services Coordinators helps hundreds of families with getting housing assistance. The support they can provide is help with paying for 1 or 2 months of either a mortgage or rent.

There are program qualifications that need to be met. For example, if a household is applying for mortgage or rent assistance, the applicant needs to prove that they are the primary resident and are responsible for the payment.  The applicant also needs to provide a copy of the lease or mortgage document. Also, help is limited to but once per year. And only lower income people can receive these grants.

ACCESS will also help tenants avoid an eviction whenever possible. The Jackson community action agency can help low income families apply for grants from the federal funded ESG program, and this money can be used for expenses ranging from back rent to a security deposit. Mediation and counseling is also available to stop homelessness.

As noted, job and income programs are offered too. This is mostly referrals or in partnership with Medford non-profits. A wide variety of services for everyone from underemployed to single moms or seniors is offered. As one example, find tips on making and selling crafts for income. So there are a variety of both gig and part or full time job programs information at ACCESS.

Energy and heating bill programs in Jackson Oregon

The assistance programs offered by ACCESS Inc. to residents include the Energy Assistance Program as well as free Weatherization Program. The non-profit also offers energy Efficient and Consumer Competency Program (E2C2) other conservation as well as education services.

Overall, the energy assistance programs were created to help low and moderate income households pay for some of their utility or heating bills. Programs like weatherization can also help people reduce their energy bills by installing free upgrades and improvements to the home. Various state, federal, and utility cash grants fund the energy program.





There are several other programs offered as well, including food aid, programs for seniors, no interest loans, and more. Contact them at 3630 Aviation Way in Medford Oregon, or find more details on financial aid from ACCESS.

Foreclosure assistance and counseling

There are several local organization and non-profits to turn to for help.

They include the Rogue Federal Credit Union, which has joined forces with the Home Builders Association of Jackson County and other local businesses as well as non-profit organizations. Together they offer foreclosure prevention and assistance plans for families and individuals who are in a financial crisis. All educational seminars are free to participants, and membership at RFCU is not a requirement for attendance or to access the program. Call 541-858-7328 to register.

Another option is ACCESS Inc. This organizations also offers mortgage and foreclosure help to those in financial need. The organization can be reached at 541-618-4012. Learn more about Oregon mortgage programs.

Help with debts and foreclosures

Call Medford Oregon based Consumer Credit Counseling at (541) 779-2273. They provide assistance in attaining and education on financial health for low income adults. They assist with everything from auto loans to mortgages and other debt. Find more details on automobile and car payment help.

Get access to counselors who can provide foreclosure help, and learn about debt management programs and plans.

Medford and Jackson County emergency financial aid

Saint Vincent De Paul has limited amounts of housing and utility bill assistance. They provide social services and emergency assistance to those low income and struggling Jackson Oregon families who have existing housing. One time financial support can be paid out for utilities or rent. A free food pantry is also offered. Individuals need to have an eviction or shut off notice. 2424 N Pacific Highway, Medford, Oregon 97501, dial (541) 772-3828, or find more information on Saint Vincent de Paul assistance programs Jackson County Oregon.

Salvation Army Family Services – May have financial aid for families including free food, clothing, utilities, household items, etc. The main resource offered is known as Family Services. (541) 772-8149. Click here for information on Oregon Salvation Army programs provided.

Rogue River Community Center – For families in the immediate community, runs an emergency food pantry for low income families, singles, and seniors that provides food boxes once a month, at most 12 times per year. Call (541) 582-0609 for intake.

Free food and meal programs in Jackson County - Anyone facing hunger or that is threatened by a one time crisis can turn to a pantry. Several are available in the community. They offer free groceries or even holiday meals or toys. Others have clothing or applications to SNAP food stamps or WIC benefits. For more information on food banks in the area, learn more on Jackson County free food pantries.

Northwest Seasonal Workers Association is based in Medford Oregon. The center may be able to offer emergency food and clothing, medical care, job referrals, limited non-emergency dental, free or low cost legal advice, advocacy. Many services are offered using bilingual information and referrals. This help is part of the free-of-charge self-help 11-Point Benefit Program. Address is 203 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford, Oregon 97501. For information, call 541-773-6811.





Another place to turn for help is The Medford Salvation Army. They help individuals and families by providing housing funds, utility bill assistance, and help stabilizing their lives over the long term. Other assistance that may be available in Medford Oregon from the Salvation Army include free Christmas toys, food, and gifts from the Angel Tree and Red Kettle.

Case managers from the Jackson County Salvation Army can also help families find housing, employment, and really improve their overall financial situation. Or apply for government assistance, such as food stamps or LIHEAP, with the support of a social worker. Other resources include a homeless shelter and free back to school supply giveaways. (541) 773-6965, or read Salvation Army Jackson Oregon.

Free stuff - Jackson County Oregon families, like everyone, are always searching for deals and free goods. There are options ranging from grants to diapers, furniture from furniture banks, clothes, winter gear, and so much more. Some of the assistance is income based; some is available for anyone. Find information on applying for free stuff.

Additional sources of rent help, as well as short term housing, are available in the county. Whether a family is facing eviction or they need referrals to a low income apartment in Medford, several charities as well as government agencies may be able to issue a grant or offer other funds for a security deposit or partial rent payment. More on rent assistance in Jackson County.

Health, medical, and dental care

Children can get free dental assistance from Children’s Dental Clinic, phone number (541) 608-4249.

Another local health clinic is the Jackson County based Community Health Center (541) 773-3863) which provides primary health care for those low income people who are under insured and uninsured and can’t afford to pay for their entire medical or hospital bill.

Last but not least contact the La Clinica, Kids Health Connection. (541)512-3912. Get access to primary and preventive health care. The programs focus on children who are living in very low to moderate income levels in west Medford Oregon.

Shady Cove Medical Center – Provides primary medical care and is a clinic for all ages includes family planning.

White City - Community Health Center – The location is a primary and preventative healthcare center. They provide prescription medication assistance as well as diagnostic medical laboratory services. Clinics provide medical care from the time pregnancy is established to deliver to insure the health and well being of both child and mother. Call (541) 826-5853 for intake.

Central Point Health Care – Services provided include medical and dental care. Specifically, some of the services include pediatric care, blood pressure screening, birth control, pregnancy testing, prenatal/delivery care, women's specialty care, and pain case management. The clinic also offers free family care, vision screening, immunizations, chronic-condition care, drug and alcohol referrals, medical exams, lab services, sexually transmitted infection treatment, and also minor surgical services.







Counseling and advice is also provided, which includes government benefits assistance. There is information on prescription expense assistance, FPEP, FHIAP, and SNAP outreach. They also help clients apply for savings, such as GoodRX drug discount card. Address is 4920 Hamrick Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502, dial (541) 690-3600.

East Medford Dental Clinic is located on 1300 Progress Drive. Phone number (541) 512-3900. Cleanings, exams, extraction and more is done.

Free dental care is widely available in Oregon and the county. Volunteer dentists and hygienists help the low income as well as uninsured. Locate free Oregon dental clinics.

Jackson County Health And Human Services is the county government medical center. Programs help with the following services, including infant care (Babies First, Healthy Start), immunizations, Family Planning Expansion Project (FPEP), prenatal care, maternity case management, STD/HIV testing, teen pregnancy prevention services (STARS, RAPP), and health care coordination for children with special health needs (CaCoon).


By Jon McNamara

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