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Walla Walla County assistance programs.

Find how to apply for help, whether it is grants to pay rent, medical care, free food, or energy bill assistance in Walla Walla County. There are programs available at churches as well as charities. The state and county government also has applications for financial aid and benefits, and support is for everyone that is struggling or that is living on a low income.

Rent assistance

The county offers a Housing Choice rent assistance program. This program help with paying rent to over 700 eligible families in Walla Walla County each year.

Currently, the program standards allow rent assistance to be paid at 110 percent of fair-market rates for the unit. Any renters who are currently in the Housing Choice voucher program pay approximately 30 percent of their gross income toward their monthly rent and the Walla Walla Housing Authority (phone number (509) 527-4542) will pay the balance using federal government grant dollars. The rent assistance that is paid out averages nearly $400 per family. Read more on Washington section 8 housing.

A Walla Walla agency known as Helpline offers Emergency Social Services to the working poor and low income. The agency can provides emergency social services and access to government assistance programs. Get help and referrals to food banks, gently used or new clothing, rental and housing assistance, emergency shelter, utility and heating bill assistance, prescription drug assistance, dental care and assistance programs, and also protective payee services. Call (509) 529 - 3377.

The Salvation Army of Walla Walla (call (509) 529 - 9470) of course is another key non-profit in the area. They can provide financial assistance, when funding is available. The Salvation Army operates nationally and in general can provide assistance with paying rent, groceries, clothing, food, and money to pay all utilities (such as electric and water bills) except telephone and cable television.

There are also additional resources from the Christian church faith group. Two of them are seasonal in nature, and those are the holiday as well as back to school services. Another one is the low cost school camps for children in the community. More on Salvation Army Walla Walla County.





Blue Mountain Action Council - Runs the local version of the federal governments Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This is a resource that helps low to moderate income households pay part of their home utility and/or energy bills. Apply for cash grants and other forms of energy bill help (such as weatherization) at the Blue Mountain Action Council, or find other Washington utility assistance programs.

The organization is often called BMAC for short. They administer countless other program for the less fortunate and working poor as well. Case managers can address housing needs, and direct clients to rental assistance, the Washington THOR program or transitional housing. A major focus is on helping with employment concerns, and resources such as the Workforce Investment Act offered in Walla Walla County are used to do this. Other basic needs such as food, medical care clinics, and more may be available. Call (509) 529 - 4980, or read BMAC assistance.

St. Vincent de Paul - Walla Walla ((509) 529 - 3377) is a partnership of local churches and religious organizations that can maybe provide emergency financial assistance for paying for a crisis or hardship. Receive emergency financial help with paying for heating bills, free food and groceries, new or used clothing, furniture and bedding, as well as personal hygiene items. St. Vincent also operates an on site thrift store selling donated items, the profits from which are used for funding additional low income community assistance programs and helping the working poor.

Eastern Washington Catholic Charities offers social services, emergency aid, and other support to the poor and low income. They are involved in numerous programs and services, including some or all of the following. Referrals can also be made to other local Walla Walla agencies.




  • Food assistance programs, including pantries and lunches/snacks for students.
  • Housing programs, including affordable units and emergency rent help, as funding allows.
  • Support for seniors, such as home delivered meals.
  • Help for immigrants.
  • Catholic Charities is involved in other assistance as well for the less fortunate. Learn more.

By Jon McNamara

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