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Klickitat and Skamania County assistance programs.

Washington Gorge Action Program Council is a leading non-profit in the region. They are a community action agency focused on providing short term assistance as well as helping to address the root causes of poverty.

The center is the leading food bank in the area. Qualified low-income individuals and families can receive a free food box once a month. It may have bread, canned goods, fresh produce, and even meats. It will usually contain up to a dozen meals for the family. While the items in a box varies, generally there is enough for three to twelve nutritionally balanced meals depending on the size of the family. Senior citizens may also qualify for a Special Dietary Need box if they have approval from a doctor or medical professional. Those items are usually offered at the WGAP Food Bank and Goldendale Food pantry.

Rental Assistance, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Self-Sufficiency and Housing Assistance is offered. All services are very comprehensive, and stabilization is a key offering.

  • Guided Path Shelter can provide a place to stay for the currently homeless as well as support/case management.
  • Transitional Housing is when people can enroll in a step by step residential program for ongoing independence and self-sufficiency. Work with a case manager on an individualized plan, including learn about education, employment, and self-determination.
  • Permanent Housing is part of Guided Path and is available for families and individuals.
  • Emergency Rental Assistance may be available in Klickitat (in limited quantities) when someone is faced with imminent eviction.
  • Motel vouchers may be offered as part of Goldendale. At most a 1-3 day motel/hotel voucher can be provided as temporary crisis intervention.
  • Families with minor children may also qualify for special housing programs.

Home Energy Bill Assistance, including LIHEAP, is available. Washington Gorge Action Program believes that no one should be forced to choose between paying for heating bills or medications, so financial aid may be offered during the winter. Click Washington utility assistance.




Cash and grants may be offered to seniors on low and fixed incomes, disabled individuals, low-income families and residents that are in danger of losing their heat source due to running out of fuel or unpaid bills. Financial assistance can be provided in Washington for almost any heating source, including propane, electricity, natural gas, oil, and wood.

Weatherization is often offered at the same time. It will provide free air and draft sealing, education, bath fan replacement, and even furnace repair or replacement as government funding allows. It will help reduce annual heating and cooling bills.

Representative Payee Program is offered by approval from the Social Security Administration. Professional staff will assist clients with managing their money. Receive support and advice in managing bills and expenses for clothing, food, rent, housing, utilities, transportation, medical expenses and personal items. This is offered for a small fee in Skamania, and is focused on the elderly and disabled who are vulnerable. It can also protect seniors from fraud and scams.

Other emergency aid and services may be offered for eligible individuals and families. The focus is on people who find themselves in a crisis. Some of what is offered can include rental assistance, emergency food boxes, utility bill assistance, etc, through the WGAP office.

HEN - Housing and Essential Needs includes basic needs such as bus passes, toiletries, toothpaste, shampoo, and laundry/dish soap. Financial assistance may also be offered per above.

There are several locations of the Washington Gorge Action Program Council. The contact information is.

Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA, 98672. Call (509) 427-8229
1250 E Steuben Street, Bingen, WA, 98605. Main number is (800) 755-1192
The last location is at 112 E Main Street, Goldendale, Washington, 98620. (509) 773-6834

Additional emergency programs are also available from the agency, known as WGAP. More on Washington Gorge Action Program Council programs.




Goldendale Food Bank may offer a once per month bag or groceries or box of food to low income residents. (509) 773-5220

White Salmon Seventh Day Adventist Community Services has both clothing and food for community members. 531 NE Tohomish Street, White Salmon, WA, 98672, (509) 493-3309

Yakama Nation will support people who live in the reservation. They are based in Toppenish.

Seventh Day Adventist Community Center Food Bank will offer up to a dozen meals per month. The food box will also be provided one time per month though. 481 NE Tohomish Street, White Salmon, Washington 98672. Call (509) 493-2662

Stevenson Food Bank (phone (509) 493-2662) can also provide an emergency box once per month.

Fish Food Bank Cascade Locks location is for families in Hood River County and the City of Mosier. They have multiple non-profit centers. (503) 374-8484

By Jon McNamara


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