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Portland and Multnomah County Oregon Salvation Army financial assistance programs.

The Portland Oregon area, as well as surrounding counties, is served by the Salvation Army Cascade Division. Programs available are wide ranging, and include emergency financial help for utility bills or rent. There is also free materials assistance including food or school supplies. Free Christmas toy Angel Tree programs as well as Thanksgiving turkey dinners or hot meals may be served.

Multnomah County case workers from the Salvation Army also help with long term needs, such as housing stability, employment, and more. Sign up for case management, advice, or employment services - clients to these often get one time rent or heating bill help and other emergency programs.

Get emergency funds for bills or free stuff from Portland Salvation Army

The demand on and the number of requests to the Salvation Army is always very high, and while they do their best to help the needy, financial/material assistance is always very limited. Resources offered can include clothing, a free Fan Program, food, Heat-Aid, backpack distribution, prescription medication assistance, housing (rent/mortgage) and other financial assistance if you are faced with a critical emergency situation.

As indicated, much of this is very limited. For example, rent assistance may only be offered in Oregon in order to stop an imminent eviction. Heating and utility assistance can help those with a shut-off notice.

Utility assistance can include heating, water, and electric bills. Partnerships are formed with local towns and energy companies, and they allow the Salvation Army to offer temporary energy and water bill assistance to Portland families. The specifics on services provided will vary from location to location. The goal is to keep power on, and there are other light bill assistance programs.

Free school supplies may be distributed too. The Salvation Army will hand out pre-packed backpacks by grade level with some school supplies, such as notebooks, in them. In addition, some haircuts for students will be available as well on a first-come, first-serve basis.




Food assistance is for the hungry and people who need help feeding their family. Not everyone can afford food basics at the same time as paying their utility bills, rent, and other expenses. So a number of pantries and soup kitchens across Portland offer holiday gift baskets, hot meals, and emergency food boxes to people who need help.

Examples include hot lunches, which are served at the Rose Center for seniors. This is located at NE 18th and Sandy, and the price is as low as $3 per meal.

Each corps center will distribute goods including emergency food boxes. Struggling individuals and families can receive one. Every box is filled with donated groceries, canned goods and other items from local grocers. The Gresham Corps also operates a Harvest Share program on the first Wednesday of every month for seniors and families. Stop by for perishable and non-perishable foods and a variety of healthy options.

Social services, housing resources, seasonal aid and other support

The Portland Oregon Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter will honor everyone's economic and basic human rights. Resources offered can include shelter, food, community resources, safety, dignity, and importantly self respect. A well trained staff, including volunteers, help those facing eviction as well as the chronically homeless obtain permanent housing and become self sufficient.





Rural Services are offered in many counties across Oregon, including in outlying areas of Multnomah County. The Salvation Army Service Extension programs administrate this resource for the low income and needy as well as immigrants. It focuses on extending resources to those outside of Portland Oregon. Find additional information on assistance for immigrants as well as farmworkers.

As with any service ever provided, all assistance paid out is always short-term in nature, and is not intended for ongoing, continuing, indefinite help. Rarely will they assist someone a second time if warranted by circumstances. Both transient and local residents are eligible for assistance with basic needs including clothing, food, transportation, prescription medications and shelter.

Other emergency services available in communities include Christmas Food and Toy distribution; Back to School Supplies; League of Mercy gifts for the elderly; and Summer camps for youth.

Senior centers operate in the Multnomah County region. The elderly can stop by for free nutritious lunches, Computer Classes, activities such as Bingo and Arts & Crafts, Travel and tour program, and sales on items. The Salvation Army participates with this, often with Aging on Aging Centers in Oregon.

Free holiday programs are a focus of the Salvation Army. The non-profit will try to help families have a blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving, Christmas and overall holiday season. The non-profit will do their best to provide everyone who needs help and is qualified with goodies (such as toys) and a Christmas dinner they would not have been able to enjoy without their assistance. Many volunteers help create this service for the community.

Christmas assistance is offered to people who need help, as they try to do the most good for the most people. They especially try to help families with children. This is where the Angel Tree program comes into play.

They try to assist families who are most vulnerable, especially children and seniors, and help them have a truly special Christmas. Some of the programs include Adopt-a-Family, the Angel Tree Program, and also fresh holiday food baskets. These resources provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas.





Salvation Army centers in Portland Oregon

Each location will offer support. it may range from a low cost thrift store to emergency financial help in the greater Portland Oregon area. Or get free food, meals, clothes, and basic items.

  • 473 SE 194th, Portland, Oregon 97233, call 503-618-8270
  • 211 NE 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232, telephone 503-239-1224
  • 5325 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217, dial 503-493-3925
  • 351 SE Oak St, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123, call 503-640-4311
  • 24751 SE Hwy 224, Boring, OR 97009, telephone number 503-637-5026


By Jon McNamara

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