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Linn County Oregon assistance programs.

When in need of food, housing, or medical care, there are options available in Linn County. Find where to apply at for emergency electric bill or rent help. Or receive free services or stuff (foreclosure counseling, clothes, food, etc.). The main churches, charities, and government agencies in the region, including Albany Oregon, that help struggling families with basic needs, financially, and case management are below.

Emergency assistance and counseling programs

A few local organization and charities offer several programs to people in need.

For medical and dental aid, referrals to other programs, and housing assistance, you can turn to Community Outreach. This agency offers several services, including these:

  • Housing Assistance and Transitional Services: The non-profit organization also provides homeless families and people on the brink of eviction with the support and time needed to stay in their home, or the time to gain the skills to stabilize their lives. This housing and rent assistance program combines affordable housing along with intensive in-home case management and access to programs. The organization offers the entire family guidance and support, including financial assistance as funding allows, so they may build independent and stable lives, and hopefully remain in their home, or find new housing.
  • Health Care from Medical Clinic: The free clinic provides access to free or discounted medical care for individuals and families who have no or limited health insurance or if someone flat out can’t afford to pay for their medical bills.  Community Outreach runs two acute medical clinics, one which is located in Albany Oregon and one that is in Lebanon.
  • Dental Clinic: Another resource provides dental care, services and preventive education to low income as well as uninsured residents of Linn County Oregon. The organization works in partnership with the Dental Assistant program at LBCC. Receive free dental cleaning and other services that can ensure dental conditions are met.





  • Referrals and Crisis Intervention: Counselors and other professionals at Community Outreach can help people 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. they provide counseling, referrals to other government programs and local charities, as well as crisis intervention services. Highly trained crisis line workers and counselors will provide free advice as well as access to assistance programs, resources, and information to empower clients and families that will help them make informed decisions and develop solution to their financial and personal problems. Find more on low income programs.

Call Community Outreach at (541) 758-3000.

Fish of Albany can also help. They offer:

  • Prescription Medication Assistance: This program provides payment to a local doctor or pharmacy for medication and other prescription drugs that are prescribed by a physician to treat a life-threatening illness or a communicable disease. The program is targeted at people who do not have any other prescription insurance and without other resources to pay medical bills.
  • Free Gasoline and Transportation Assistance: People in need of help can get free gasoline vouchers and/or bus tickets if you are in an emergency need of transportation services. Click here to find other ways to get free gasoline.
  • Food Pantry: Get up to a 5 day supply of free food and groceries. Aid is offered to individuals and households that may be lacking adequate food and that have low or no income. The aid is really for those who may be experiencing a temporary crisis and those on a fixed income requiring help to make ends meet and who need food for their family.
  • Clothes Closet: Fish of Albany provides free clothing, personal hygiene, household items and diapers to families and individuals that may be lacking adequate clothing. There may also be school supplies as well. It is for low income people or if someone is facing a short term crisis.

Fish of Albany can be reached at (541) 928-4460.

Linn County Salvation Army provides low to moderate income individuals with emergency assistance on a first come and served basis as funding allows. Some of the services offered include the following, depending on funding levels. There may be financial support for income qualified households who have received a shut-off notice for energy or water bills. The applicant from the Albany Oregon area needs to still have their power on (so it can’t be shut off) and funds are only offered during the fall and winter.




As noted above, grants can help Albany Oregon families in the form of utility and heating bill assistance. There is also a food bank on site. Other Salvation Army resources include clothing, counseling, personal hygiene items, women ministries, disaster services and more. Call (541) 928-4774, or more on Linn County Salvation Army programs.

Linn County housing and rental assistance can stop evictions and rehouse the homeless. Financial aid as well as case management can help families that are behind on their rent or that have a pay or quit notice from their property owner. Emergency funds can help with everything from a deposit to moving costs or back rent that is due. Find more details on Linn County rental assistance programs for tenants.

Another non-profit charity organization to turn to is Sweet Home Emergency Ministries - SHEM. (541) 367-6504. They run the SHEM Food Pantry:, which offer groceries, food boxes and more to families and individuals, seniors and others. The food will help them their nutritional needs. They also offer client assistance, which provides emergency financial assistance and cash grants to needy families and individuals. Assistance offered by this program includes utility and heating bill assistance, rental assistance, prescription drug assistance, lodging vouchers, gasoline vouchers, bus tickets, and access to short term emergency housing.

Linn County Community Action Agency

The local community action agency is Community Services Consortium. They offer several services and programs, including the Oregon Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Gas Assistance Program (GAP) , S.O.S. (Central Lincoln PUD customers), the state of Oregon Low Income Gas Assistance Program (OLGA), as well as the Oregon Heat Oregon Energy Assistance (OEA). They can also provide grants for housing expenses, and offer free food. Call the agency at (541) 752-1010.





Emergency food in Linn County Oregon

Any resident facing hunger, whether they live on a low income or are homeless, can get assistance. Soup kitchens in Albany serve hot meals several days per month. There are also charities as well as churches that operate food pantries or that can help working poor households apply for SNAP food stamps. Options include the Salvation Army (dial (541)928-4774), FISH, and many others. Locate Linn County Oregon food pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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