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Tillamook County assistance programs.

Tillamook County CARE is an agency that administers several assistance programs, provides referrals, and tries to tackle the causes of poverty.

Energy and utility bill assistance provides families with basic support and assist households with maintaining continuous, affordable, and safe home energy usage, while lowering their energy burdens. There are a variety of utility and energy bill assistance programs available on a year round basis, including during the summer and winter.

  • OEAP, which is formally called the Oregon Energy Assistance Program, is paid for by the state and it can assist PacifiCorp low income customers.
  • The federal government Low Income Home Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps with a number of utility costs including heating bills, electricity, gas, oil, propane, air conditioning and wood. This may also have some money to pay for minor heating repairs and furnace replacements. Northwest Natural customers also benefit from these resources.
  • Crisis Intervention and Emergency Programs can assist households with paying for energy-related emergencies such as a disconnection.  These funds can also help with water bills as well.

The Weatherization Program is run by the agency, and it provides funding for measures that help reduce energy cost to qualified renters and homeowners.

KIDCARE is a state licensed after school program in Scappoose, Oregon.  Food, activities, and other services are provided.

Housing Rehabilitation can help pay for home repairs to ensure houses are safe and livable. The agency can provide 0% interest, deferred payment loans to help seniors and other low income and poor families. This loan type means that no monthly payment is due from the recipient.

Post Purchase and Foreclosure Counseling is offered for delinquent and also new homeowners. Credit counselors will help people with protecting their credit rating, budgeting and saving money, maintaining regular mortgage payments, using home equity responsibly and maintaining their property as an asset. Review of your existing home loan, mortgage and other debts are included too. This is in addition to budgeting and financial planning. A Plan of Action is drawn up to assist homeowners with foreclosure prevention and importantly finding solutions. Read more Oregon mortgage assistance.




Tillamook County CARE is located at 2310 First Street, Suite 2, Tillamook, Oregon 97141. Call (503) 842-5261.

Community Action Resource Enterprises provides financial assistance with paying for rent, prescriptions, energy bills, gas vouchers and referrals to government resources. 2310 First Street, Suite 2, Tillamook, OR 97141, phone number is (503) 842-5261 ext. 201

Community Action Team is a regional agency for low income families, with a focus on senior citizens and the working poor. The staff can offer support, mostly in the form of referrals. There is linkage to everything from food pantries to government grants for paying rent or security deposits. Other services may be Permanent Housing for the Disabled, senior care and more. Find assistance programs from Community Action Team.

Tillamook County Women's Crisis Center can help those who were faced with domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Advocacy, shelter, free food, transportation, rental assistance, and other aid is provided. Many other government housing programs are available as well. Stop by 1902 Second Street, Tillamook, Oregon 97141, phone number is (503) 842-9486, or find more information on Family Violence Prevention.

Salvation Army centers are in the region. They are part of the nationwide network. Assistance may be available for basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and more. Very limited financial aid is occasionally offered for expenses such as rent, deposits or heating bills. The agency also usually has information on other non-profits and charities in the Tillamook County. So the centers can be a resource for the poor, seniors, and less fortunate. Click here.



By Jon McNamara














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