Kittitas County Assistance Programs.

Housing, transportation, energy assistance, weatherization and food assistance

The HopeSource program is the primary source for assistance in Kittias County Washington. HopeSource provides aid to families in the five main areas of housing (rent and mortgage), utility bills, weatherization, food, and transportation.  Two of the assistance programs offered, being utility bills and weatherization, are on tap for increased funding.

Last year in Kittitas County, almost 900 households in Ellensburg and across the county received energy bill assistance, and so far in 2009, with over four months to go in the heating assistance program, over 1,100 families have received aid.

In addition, HopeSource has the program which helps families move from temporary emergency housing to more permanent housing, and they have helped almost 10 families in 2008, but the number of families who received housing assistance in 2009 has already quintupled to over 30 families. For the food assistance program, during 2008 HopeSource assisted with serving 300 households per month, and this year that number has increased by over 33% as they have been serving now over 400 households a month this year. Dial (P) 509-925-1448.

Free health care and medical services in Kittitas

Ellensburg Community Health Clinic (phone number 1 800 222-1222) is a clinic that provides a variety of medical services, and can refer people to other local agencies and clinics if they can’t help. Some of the health care services provided include WIC (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program), First Steps, CSHCN (Children with Special Health Care Needs), and a Pharmacy and prescription medications. If they can’t provide the health care you need, they can refer you to the appropriate specialist and coordinate your care in Kittitas County by using Washington state community clinics. Specialty services in dermatology and other r professions are also available.

Kittias County Washington food pantries

Allied People Offering Year-Round Outreach has limited resources. Arrive at opening time in order to benefit from this food pantry as the demand for help is very high. 400 E University Way, Ellensburg, Washington, 98926. Call (509) 929 - 4112.





Friends in Service to Humanity Food Bank may have free produce, bread, and even pantries. Hot meals may be served to the very low income and or homeless too. They also have referrals. Call the Ellensburg site at (509) 925 - 5990.

OIC of Washington operates limited hours. It may have food and groceries to those who need help. 1419 Hathaway Avenue, Yakima, WA, 98902, (509) 452 - 7145

Financial aid in the region

EnTrust Community Services is a leading non-profit for the greater Kittias County region. One program, known as Essential Needs, can offer help with obtaining personal hygiene and health items. This can include toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper. Or look into free cleaning supplies, such as laundry detergent. Those items and more are distributed. Another resource is known as grant funds. This can be used to assist HEN eligible clients that qualify as homeless or that are facing imminent eviction. Funds can be used to pay rent, security deposit, utility bills and even service animal deposits. Additional energy bill assistance is limited to garbage, electricity, natural gas, sewer, utility and water service deposits. 107 W 11th Avenue, Ellensburg, Washington, 98926. Dial (509) 453 - 4756 for intake.

Catholic Family and Child Services from Saint Vincent - When funding is available, and if a household is qualified, assistance ranging from housing to food and a clothing closet/thrift store are on site. This charity supports working poor families from Kittitas County and other regions. Financial aid, including loans, may be issued for expenses ranging from utilities to rent. More on Catholic Family & Child Services.



By Jon McNamara

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