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Yamhill County assistance programs.

When facing a crisis, low to moderate income families and those in an emergency can get financial help. Find churches, charities, and government aid from Yamhill County Health and Human Services. Locate agencies can offer help for paying utility bills or rent, free food as well as groceries from pantries, school supplies, deposit or mortgage help, and even free medical or dental care.

Yamhill residents can also get case management, budgeting, or long term support. Residents can apply for job placement, free debt counseling services, Christmas toys, low income home buying programs or free coupons for shopping, and more.

Emergency financial help for bills

The Yamhill Community Action Partnership, located at 1317 NE Dustin Ct., McMinnville OR 97128 (503) 472-0457, provides low and moderate income families with access to financial resources. The assistance programs can help them through difficult times. They offer programs to help pay energy bills, housing assistance, food aid, and more. Find a sampling of the programs they offer below, and contact them to apply, or learn about other options they may have for you.

Emergency Financial Assistance Programs - Several options are available, including

  • Non-Heating Utility Bill Assistance: Money for water and sewer, telephone bills and more
  • Transportation: bus passes, funds for car insurance, tires, licensing, and car repairs
  • Education: pay for testing or training fees, and free books.
  • Money saving resources include coupons, workshops, tips and other tools, including free coupons for shopping.

HOME Tenant-Based Assistance - The HOME TBA Program will pay for both past, current or future rent and will even help with refundable security deposits. This assistance program cannot pay for mortgage assistance. In some instances, an applicant’s total household income may be low enough to receive a small grant to pay for utility or heating bills as well.

Energy Bill Assistance Programs are offered from the Community Action Agency.




  • OEAP - This is known as Oregon Energy Assistance Program. It is for PGE customers only. The OEAP program has qualifying criteria including income eligibility. Priority status and assistance may be given to households with no power or who have received a shutoff notice.
  • LIEAP - Low income, senior and disabled households can get aid from the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. Note this service has now been renamed as LIHEAP, which is the official name of the federal government grant program.
  • OLGA - Known as Oregon Low-Income Gas Assistance. This is for Northwest Natural Gas (NWNG) customers only. Or if these programs can’t help you, find additional Oregon energy assistance programs.
  • Yamhill Community Action Partnership Weatherization Program - This will provide for free weatherization services to income eligible residents, both homeowners and renters, who live in Yamhill County. Funding provided by the federal government will be used to weatherize homes and help people reduce their energy bills. There is no cost to the renter or homeowner, and at no time is there a lien or attachment placed on the homeowners property or possessions. The primary purpose of this program is to lower energy usage, and help lower your utility bills as well as heating expenses.

Those resources above are all administered by the Yamhill Community Action Partnership, which is the non-profit agency. Call the center at (503) 472-0457.

Assistance from Friends in Service of Humanity (F.I.S.H). This organization primarily provides food assistance, but they may also be able to help with other expenses. They receive and try to fulfill requests for rent or mortgage assistance, provide funds to help pay utility or heating bills or money for repairing a car.

Whatever the case and the request is, the bottom line is that numbers of the needy are certainly growing. F.I.S.H. experienced about a 30 percent increase in clients from last year. They help hundreds of families per month. Contact them at 503-538-4444 to learn more or to apply for aid.

Department of Human Services / Health and Human Services helps with applications to public assistance programs. There is cash aid, free health insurance from Medicaid, SNAP food stamps, and section 8 low income housing among other services. The government also cares for seniors as well as veterans, or assists the disabled with SSI applications. Grants and other benefits can be issued from the DHS office at 368 NE Norton Ln, McMinnville, Oregon 97128. Call (503) 472-0311.

Another option is McMinnville Salvation Army provides coverage across the county. Most of their social services are non-financial in nature, but in a crisis some funds for homeless prevention (such as rent or utilities) may be available. Other resources include free food from a pantry, Christmas assistance (including toys) across Yamhill County, shelter, and referrals.





A thrift store may have gently used clothing too. Case managers from the non-profit assistance seniors and the less fortunate in the region. Whether it is a loan for paying bills or rent, or information on Family services, help is available. Or apply for the summer free back to school supply program. More on Yamhill County Salvation Army programs.

Love Inc. of Newberg focuses more on providing information, referrals, and basic needs. The organization is made up of churches and ministries from parts of Yamhill County. What they can provide needy families includes items like food, clothing, free school supplies, personal hygiene items, and diapers.

A referral service is also offered. Staff and volunteers have information on many other resources in the region, including maybe financial programs or government benefits. So for more information on the Love In the Name of Christ programs in the Newberg region, click here Newberg Love.

Food, hot meals, and clothing vouchers

There are a few places to turn to for basic needs as well as nutritional assistance. The options in Yamhill County range from food pantries to clothing closets, soup kitchens, and other centers. Each has their own focus, such as Saint Vincent DePaul (address is 435 SE Baker St, McMinnville, OR 97128, dial (503) 472-2003) or the free Community Dinner.

In total there are about 15 additional food pantries, soup kitchens and related distribution centers. Each one focuses on a limited area. Find details on free food pantries in Yamhill County

By Jon McNamara

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