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Catholic Charities assistance programs in Portland area and Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington Counties.

Catholic Charities and El Programa Hispano partner together to help the low income and working poor in the Portland Oregon area. Get everything from assistance for completing income taxes to emergency financial help for paying bills or housing to pregnancy support and more. This is state and regional resources for the counties of Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and others.

There is assistance for the elderly, poor, single mothers, disabled and others. A number of programs and social services are also targeted towards lower income Latinos in the Portland Oregon region as well.

Get financial help from Portland Oregon area Catholic Charities

Financial assistance and case management is offered to clients who need support with housing, utilities, food and other basic needs. This can includes funds to pay rent or utilities when an applicant is faced with a disconnection or eviction.

Catholic Charities churches, and centers in Multnomah, Clackamas, the City of Portland and Washington County may give out a free box of groceries. Or they serve the homeless or hungry a hot meal, or give a few dollars to help with rent, utility bills, medications, or other emergencies.

The Housing Transitions Program, which is offered by the Portland Catholic Charities in Multnomah, will help homeless individuals in the community. Social workers offer general case management services, advocacy and support as needed to both short term as well as chronically homeless in the community. With the cost of rental units and homes going up, affordable housing is a major challenge in the city as well as county of Multnomah. If needed, find additional rental assistance programs in Portland.

Catholic Charities also works closely with many of the non-profit organizations and government agencies in the Portland area that assist the homeless. The goal is to find and place people into permanent housing and offer individuals the support services they need to remain in housing, including information on low income units and rental assistance.




Portland Catholic Charities offers some or all of the following as well. The support is available across all of Multnomah County. Anti-poverty counseling and services include information and referral to public aid, social services, crisis and short-term intervention programs. Sign up for translation, interpretation, job training and other services as part of their programs. These sessions are often combined with skill building sessions in Portland.

Assistance for Latinos and Hispanics in Portland

El Programa Hispano's is for Latinos. It will help clients achieve a better quality of life, put them on the path to self-sufficiency and work to promote mutual understanding. While a large number of resources are available, some examples are as follows. Receive support in applying for food stamps, sign up for a  low-income taxpayer clinic, and an innovative program is the MIOS, which offers bilingual and bi cultural mental health services to low-income and working poor Latinos.

More details on the food stamp outreach program include it will help Latino Immigrant families in Clackamas and Multnomah county who may be qualified for receiving food stamps. Work with a case manager in locating food stamp offices and completing applications. Call 503.489.6822.

A number of anti-poverty services are coordinated by El Programa Hispano, including skill building classes and outreach to the elderly. To both victims of domestic violence and women with young children, they may receive case management, educational activities, and can register for support groups. Call 503-489-6826.

Latino students and children can look into academic support programs, including advocacy, skill building, tutoring, and mentoring. Also explore the numerous family engagement services. All of this and more is available to Latino parents who reside in Multnomah County school districts.

Outreach is coordinated for senior Latinos. The organization will connect the elderly with assistance programs and social services and assist them with developing connections to regional community providers.





Catholic Charities and its partners will facilitate classes in Spanish Literacy, English as Second Language (ESL), Citizenship, Driver’s Education, basic computers skills, financial literacy, job-related trainings, and free workshops for job seekers. Catholic Charities' Financial Wellness Services workshops prepare Multnomah County for financial education classes.

In some cases, Catholic Charities gives immigrants (documented or not) direct financial help, such as cash assistance. It will be limited in nature and comes with restrictions in the Portland Oregon area. Learn more on cash assistance for undocumented immigrants.

Immigration Legal Services, or CCILS, can help administer low cost yet high quality immigration legal services to working poor and lower income immigrants and refugees. They can look into and sign up for public education, job training and community outreach in an effort to get them settled in Oregon.

Additional social services in Portland area

The Catholic Charity Low Income Tax Clinic offers advocacy and education services to low income Latino families in the county. It can also help clients who have disputes with the IRS by representing them directly. Call 503.669.8350 for details.

Pregnancy Support Services will offer information and counseling about parenting and adoption. New parents may also receive assistance in obtaining and paying for health care bills, food, medical coverage, housing, clothing, and other needs.

How to get help from Portland area Catholic Charities

To learn more or apply, for these services, call or stop by.

  • 138 NE 3rd Street, Suite 140, Gresham OR 97030, call 503.669.8350
  • 2740 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97202, dial 503.231.4866


By Jon McNamara

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