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Kittitas County Assistance Programs.

Find help for paying bills, including rent, utilities, medical and other needs. The main charities, churches, and government assistance programs in Kittias County not only provide emergency financial help, but they also offer free items. This may be food, back to school supplies, Christmas toys or gifts, gasoline vouchers and more.

There are organizations in Ellensburg and the county. They offer grants to help pay bills or loans. Or of course non-monetary assistance can be offered too, and that may be foreclosure or debt help, home buying programs, and much more.

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.

In general, almost 900 households in Ellensburg and across the county received energy bill assistance. But the funds and number of people assisted year to year will vary based on many factors.

In addition, HopeSource has the program which helps families move from temporary emergency housing to more permanent housing. There may be dozens of families helped each year. For the food assistance program, there may be over 300 households assisted per month. However the non-profit does rely on USDA donation programs as well as donations. 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. Address is 1320 East 18th Ave. 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

There are many other basic needs as well as hot meals and food assistance programs. Some are federal government funded and others are paid for by Kittias County or the state. The goal is to always prevent hunger and help the less fortunate.

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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