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Whitman County assistance programs.

Low income financial assistance programs

Many resources for needy individuals are offered by Community Action Center Whitman County.

Crisis rental assistance - Financial aid may be issued, as funding allows, on a limited basis. The one-time financial assistance that can be paid out has a limit of $250.00 per qualified applicant. In addition, grant and fund availability is only available for families and individuals who currently have an eviction notice, funds are offered for people who have a need for paying a security deposit, and money can be used to secure housing, and pay expenses such as first months rent. Before applying, People must meet with a Family Development Specialist to determine eligibility for rent assistance, and to see if there are other possible solutions to your personal housing crisis.

Avista Share customers - Project Share and other grant programs are offered for people who need emergency assistance, and it is for customers having a shutoff notice. Read more on Washington State energy programs.

Section 8 Housing - The community action agency is the local government Section 8 agency. The program makes safe rental housing more affordable to the elderly, lower income families, working poor and disabled with limited incomes. In the section 8 housing choice voucher program, participants generally pay 30% of their total monthly income for rent expenses and utilities.

Project Share - This is an energy bill assistance program that may be able to provide emergency one time only heating assistance to local families and individuals experiencing a financial hardship or some type of emergency. Anyone having a shutoff notice from a utility provider can apply, or people who are out of heating fuel, may seek assistance. Project Share assistance is limited to $200.00 at most one time, and the assistance program may be accessed only once per calendar year at most.


Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) - Another options that can help you pay rent. It is also called the Transitional Housing Operating and Rent Program (THOR). The community action agency runs a transitional housing program that provides subsidy for rent and housing expenses based on household income. Learn more on the TBRA program and how it works.





Food - The non-profit CAC of Whitman also can help families with obtaining groceries or refer clients to applications for public aid, such as SNAP food stamps. This can also be addressed during the case management process.

Transportation assistance programs - Access such assistance programs and resources as car repairs, gasoline voucher, Bus Tickets/Tokens, and rides for job interviews or doctor appointments.

Call the Community Action Center Whitman County, which is located in Pullman Washington and also helps Colfax residents, at (509) 334-9147. Or find more services from Whitman County Community Action.

Council on Aging and Human Services - This non-profit organization provides free food and other forms of aid to members of the community that are in need. Call 1-800-809-3351 to confirm dates and times of when the program runs and when you can pick up groceries. Food pantries are available in Colfax, Malden, and Rosalia Washington state.

Consumer Credit Counseling Services - Counselors may be able to provide NFMCP housing counseling for foreclosure prevention and mortgage delinquency to Whitman area residents.




By Jon McNamara














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