Portland area assistance programs.

Below you will find some agencies and programs that focus on the greater city of Portland Oregon area. However a number of other resources and programs are also available across the county. Find additional Multnomah County assistance programs.

Help with bills in Portland Oregon

A new organization has been created to provide assistance to families in Oregon and has recently raised more money to provide as aid to families in need. The Community Relief Fund of the United Way Columbia-Willamette, local community action programs, and the Oregon Food Bank in the Portland area, including Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington counties, has raised almost $2 million to provide families with food, rent, and utility bill assistance.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette committed $1 million to the Community Relief Fund, and these funds will be distributed to partner agencies, such as the Salvation Army and local community action agencies, over the next year.

As an example of what the grants can do, In April there was $400,000 allocated to community action agencies and the programs offered helped more than 18,000 people with bills, rent, and more in the four-county area. The average amount of assistance paid to help with utility bills was $280, while the average amount of rent assistance provided to each household that qualified was $800. In addition, there was a tremendous amount of food assistance as more than 210,000 pounds of food were distributed to local individuals and families. Another distribution of aid was made in early July to agency partners and charities. To find more information on partners, get a listing of state of Oregon utility assistance programs.

The Community Relief Fund has a goal of helping people pay for utility bills, stay in their homes, and access emergency food. Dial (503) 228-9131.





St. Vincent DePaul Social Services, which is an organization of local churches, can provide limited financial assistance, and usually up to $100 to help pay energy bills, rent, or other emergency support. The charity organization can provide limited rent payment assistance for low income people and families who qualify for assistance and have not received help previously. Address is 5120 SE Milwaukie Boulevard Portland Oregon. Call (503) 233-5589.

Neighborhood House Incorporated has limited funding. Call (503) 246-1663. If you are facing a crisis, they may have a small amount of funding to pay rent. Other resources include emergency food as well as medically needy motel and hotel vouchers. Find other Portland Oregon food banks.

Impact NW runs an emergency energy bill assistance program for the low income and needy. Resources and services offered by the agency include help for paying electric bills, gas, heating fuel, heating oil and water bill payment assistance. Call (503) 988-6020.

While Portland does cross over three different counties, it is in the top thirty as far as the population of the metropolitan area. So as with most major and heavily populated cities and towns across the state, there are a number of resources and agencies that can help people pay their rent. They range from churches, to local non-profit agencies, and to city and government programs. Find a listing of places to call for rent help in the Portland Oregon area. Learn more.

Additional Multnomah County Financial Assistance Programs

As noted, the above services are just a sampling of the resources offered to the low income and needy. Dozens of other rental programs, food assistance, free community clinics, and more are located across the county. Click here for an extensive listing.



By Jon McNamara

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