Jackson County assistance programs.

Find rental assistance

The federal government is providing stimulus funds to local programs. For example, the Upper Rogue Community Center has received thousands of dollars in Federal Stimulus Funds to provide residents rental assistance. The community center will be able to provide qualified Upper Rogue residents one time free rent assistance grants for up to $400. To receive help from this program, the family or individual must have applied but not necessarily have been accepted for unemployment benefits on or before July 2008.

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 through these trying economic times. 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.

Housing assistance, including help with rent and paying your mortgage. Last year the ACCESS Inc. Family Services Coordinators helped almost 600 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.

Energy and heating bill programs in Jackson Oregon

The assistance programs offered by ACCESS Inc. to residents include the Energy Assistance Program, Weatherization Program, energy Efficient and Consumer Competency Program (E2C2), and the Energy Education Program. Almost 5,000 families were help last year.

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 and non-profit organizations to 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. 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.

Salvation Army Family Services – May have 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 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.

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.

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.

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 assistance, food, and gifts from the Angel Tree and Red Kettle. Case managers 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. (541) 773-6965, or read Salvation Army Jackson Oregon.





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, pain case management, 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, prescription expense assistance, FPEP, FHIAP, and SNAP outreach. 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. Locate more 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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