Oregon Financial Aid and Assistance Programs.

Learn how to find help, assistance programs, and grants in all cities and counties in Oregon, including Portland and Eugene. There are grants and financial aid programs that help with energy bills, rent,  medical needs, and more. Also find free food and foreclosure prevention programs in Oregon.

Oregon Operation Round Up
This is an assistance program that is available from many Oregon utility and gas companies. Operation Round Up works with non-profit organizations to provide various types of assistance and grants to those in need. The program can help with paying utility and heating bills, assist with paying rent, pay for medical bills and debt, and more.

Family Health Insurance Assistance Program (FHIAP)
FHIAP is a subsidy program in Oregon that assists families in need with paying for health insurance premiums (monthly cost). FHIAP will not pay for office visit copays or deductibles, but provides other grants and help. All residents, even those currently with insurance, are eligible to apply. 888-564-9669

Employment Related Day Care (ERDC)
The ERDC program can be used to help pay for most kinds of child care expenses and bills in Oregon. It is intended for lower income families. This government funded child care assistance program will help those families get job training and find employment. 1 800-342-6712, or click here.

Oregon Prescription Drug Program (OPDP)
This is available for all Oregon residents. It will provide individuals with enrollment in a cost-saving program, and there are no costs to enroll. You can save up to 60% on medical prescriptions. Find additional medical bill assistance programs. 800-336-6016

Oregon Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP)
This is a financial aid program for seniors who are living in Oregon and who need help paying for medical prescriptions.





Oregon Health Plan (OHP)
Offers health care and health insurance to its members at little or no cost. 800-527-5772

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The program provides cash assistance grants to struggling and lower income families with children while the families strive to become self-sufficient. The goal of TANF is to reduce the number of families that are living in poverty or near poverty, through employment, training, and community resources.

Cash Assistance and Social Services
The state of Oregon offers low income families a number of financial assistance programs. Get help for paying for basic needs such as food, medical costs, child care, and other bills. More public assistance in Oregon.

Mortgage and Foreclosure Help
Several programs are available to homeowners to help them deal with a foreclosure notice or help them catch up with their mortgage. Resources are offered by non-profits and local Oregon municipalities. Read more.

Another option for Oregon homeowners is a HUD approved foreclosure counseling agency. Click here to find a listing of locations.

Emergency Financial Assistance and Counseling
Non-profits such as the Salvation Army can provide residents with limited amounts of financial assistance, case management, and other services. Locate resources to help with bills and expenses, including rent. More on Oregon Salvation Army.

Vouchers for Subsidized Rent
Public Housing Authorities, or PHAs, in Oregon work with Housing and Urban Development to administer section 8 housing in the state. Very low income families, including the disabled and senior citizens, can get help in paying for approved low income apartments. More on section 8 in Oregon.

Food Stamp Program
The goal of this program is to assist and improve the well being and health of lower income households and families by providing families a means to meet their nutritional needs. 503-945-5600

Reduce Debts, Credit and Housing Counseling Services
Learn how Oregon not for profit organizations can assist families with getting out of debt. A number of other credit and housing assistance programs are offered too. More on Oregon credit counseling agencies.




Oregon Telephone Assistance Program
This program will provide anywhere from $10-$30 per month to families to help them pay their phone bills. Discounts from Lifeline or other forms of government financial aid is available both for cell phones and standard land lines. Call 1-800-848-4442, or find details on LifeLine in Oregon.

Housing Assistance, Stabilization, and Emergency Programs
Several programs are focused on eviction and homeless prevention, offering emergency funds for rent, and provide housing stabilization services. Read about Oregon housing assistance.

Free Oregon Prescription Assistance Program
A new program was launched in May 2009 to help Oregon families pay for prescription medications. It is a  discount prescription drug card program, called Oregon Rx Card. The card, which is free to all individuals and families in Oregon, will provide substantial discounts on both generic and brand name prescription medications. The average savings are projected to range from around 20-40%.  This program and card is free.  More ways to save on prescription drugs.

Legal Aid
Receive high quality, free legal advice and assistance. A non-profit organization, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, provides this service to residents. Learn more.

Homeless Prevention in Oregon
Government grants from ESG are used to pay for back rent, utility arrearge, or a security deposit in order to both prevent evictions and rehouse the homeless. Other solutions include the Emergency Housing Assistance, shelter, and transitional housing programs. More information.

Pantries and Food Banks
Hundreds of non-profits, churches, and other aid organizations provide free food, groceries, and nutritional items to families and individuals in Oregon. Get more information on Oregon food banks.

Programs for Seniors in Oregon
A number of agencies and resources are focused on helping seniors and elderly. Get information on medical bill assistance, food, government health care, transportation, and other assistance programs. Click here.

Free Community Clinics
Government funded clinics, as well as centers that are run by volunteer medical professionals, can offer low income, working poor, and uninsured with free health care, and sometimes dental assistance. Read more.

Federal government and state of Oregon sponsored programs can provide medical bill assistance to uninsured families. This can include prescription medications, physicals, care for children, help for seniors and other support. Continue with uninsured Oregon health care programs.

Dental Clinics and Centers in Oregon
There are several clinics that focus on providing dental care and financial aid to the low income in the state. A number of assistance programs and services are available. Read Oregon dental centers.

Government Grants, Employment, and Case Management
If you need a job, new skills or career counseling, a community action agency can assist. Specialists can also help clients apply for grants to pay their bills, child care, or rent while they work receive counseling. Read more community action agency Oregon.





Job Search and Employee Development
WorkSource Centers in Oregon can help the unemployed or residents seeking a new opportunity find a job. Training, career counseling, programs for veterans and seniors and more is available. Click here.

Oregon Energy Bill Help
Many of the utility companies that operate in Oregon provide customers with grants, financial assistance, and weatherization programs. Learn where to turn to for help in Oregon for energy bills. Click here.

Help with Rent
The state runs two emergency housing programs. One is for seniors, and one is for low income Oregon families who are faced with an eviction. Apply for grants, direct cash assistance, and counseling as well. Learn more.

Assistance From Oregon Cities and Counties

Baker County (Baker City)

Benton County (Corvallis)

Clackamas County (Oregon City)

Clatsop County (Astoria)

Columbia County (St. Helens)

Coos County (Coquille)

Crook County (Prineville)

Deschutes County (Bend)

Douglas County (Roseburg)

Gilliam County (Condon)

Grant County (Union City)

Harney County (Burns)



Hood River County

Jackson County (Medford)

Jefferson County (Madras)

Josephine County (Grants Pass)

Klamath County (Klamath Falls)

Lane County (Eugene)

  • Food banks and groceries in Lane County. More.

Lincoln County (Newport)

Linn County (Albany)

Malheur County (Vale)

Marion County (Salem)

Morrow County (Heppner)

Multnomah County (Portland)

Polk County (Dallas)

Sherman County (Moro)

Tillamook County

Umatilla County (Pendleton)

Union County (La Grande)

Wallowa County (Enterprise)

Wasco County (The Dalles)

Washington County (Hillsboro)

  • Agencies that focus on Hillsboro rent assistance. Read more.
  • Locate food banks in Washington County.

Wheeler County (Fossil)

Yamhill County (McMinnville)

Find Help in Oregon With Electric and Heating Bills

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
This aid program helps households with paying their heating bills. It is funded by the US Department of Health & Human Services. The government provides roughly $12 million in federal grant funds per year to assist lower income Oregonians with paying their energy bills.

Oregon HEAT / Energy Efficiency and Consumer Competency Program (E2C2)
The Oregon HEAT provides lower income households in Oregon with energy conservation education and also the hardware necessary to lower energy use through its Energy Smart program. This project takes a holistic approach to satisfying household needs by lowering energy bills to make them more affordable. Energy Smart will also help to identify the best ways to encourage and promote energy conservation education.





Oregon Energy Assistance Program (OEAP)
This program helps lower income Oregonians with paying their electric bills. This program strictly focuses on electric bills. This program, which started in 1999, provides approximately $10 million per year to those who heat with electricity and that live within the territory of the participating utilities

Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program
This aid program provides weatherization and energy conservation advice and services at no cost to households with lower incomes and high energy bills. The goal of this program is to provide homeowners with lower heating and utility bills, a safe home, and conserve energy.


By Jon McNamara

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