Oregon is located in the northwest region of the country. According to the U.S. News and World Report, this state has been chosen as one of the safest states to live in. This report also illustrates that Oregon has been ranked 8th as the best state to live in. Even though it has been one of the most expensive states, many people are moving to this state thanks to its green charms in recent years. When we think about Cannon Beach, Mount Hood, and Crater Lake, it is heaven for outdoor activities. Although the city is environment-friendly, it has been difficult for low and middle-income people to afford their expenses in this State. Therefore, the State of Oregon, federal authorities, and various non-profit organizations present a significant number of grants and programs for low-income people and families.
Financial and Cash Assistance
Oregon Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was created and funded by the federal government for families in need of cash support. Although all families facing financial challenges are welcome to apply, low-income families with children are prioritized by TANF. The aim of the program is to make sure that families can become self-sufficient in the long run. While accepted families receive a certain amount of money each month to support their families, TANF also encourages them to find a proper job or help with job training. These training pieces include earning skills, primary employment education, job readiness, work experience, and case management. For more information, please follow the link https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/CASH/Pages/apply-tanf.aspx or contact 541 967 2078.
Oregon Family Support and Connections was instituted and has been managed by the State of Oregon for low and middle-income families and individuals who are having a hard time financially. The advantage of this organization is that it analyzes your case and finds out the best financial programs and grants based on your particular case. The institution offers a plan for the eligible participants to overcome a crisis. It also provides a wide range of services such as:
- Locating Resources
- Helping with the Payment of Child Care
- Offering Mentorship
- Career Counseling
- Emergency Services
- Rental and Housing Assistance
- Support with Domestic Violence
- Health Support and so on.
For more information, please go to https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/pages/fsc.aspx or by phone at 503 945 6074.
Housing and Rent Assistance
Oregon Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) was formed and has been financed by the federal government for low-income families and persons throughout the state. This program’s main aim is to ensure everyone can live in a safe, decent, and affordable house. Accepted candidates will choose their property regarding the criteria of the program. The program helps with the rental payment each month. Low-income pregnant women, seniors, children, single mothers, and people who have disabilities are given priority. Since there is a long waiting list, it may be better to apply to this program as early as possible. Please find out more information at https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/housing-assistance/Pages/find-affordable-housing.aspx or give it a call at 800 225 5342.
Oregon Public Housing Agencies were created and have been subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for low-income people and families. These housing agencies help find the most convenient options for low and middle-income people looking for affordable and secure houses. Qualified participants will be living in one of the houses that the PHA chooses. To see more information and to apply, please visit https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/index.aspx or call 503 986 2000.
The Oregon Health Plan (OHP), also known as Medicaid, was established and has been funded by the Oregon Department of Human Services for low and middle-income people and families who are not able to afford medical expenses. Low-income pregnant women, seniors, single adults, children, and families are given priority. Qualified applicants will have health care coverage that covers the following services:
- Doctor Visits
- Dental Care
- Regular Check-ups
- Addiction Treatments
- Mental Health Care and so on.
The link to their official website is as follows: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/hsd/ohp/pages/index.aspx or call at 800 699 9075.
The Vaccines for Children Program of Oregon was founded and managed by the local people and clinics. This program promotes different items for low-income children, babies, students, and teenagers. Even though its main priority is immunizations, some participants may also benefit from other health-related services. Please follow the link for further information https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/preventionwellness/vaccinesimmunization/immunizationproviderresources/ or contact 1 877 968 8491.
Utility Bills Assistance
Oregon Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was formed and has been sponsored by the federal government for low and middle-income families and individuals who are not able to cover their energy bills. Accepted participants will benefit from repair help and a more energy-efficient energy system in their homes. Low-income seniors, pregnant women, single adults, and children are encouraged to receive utility bill assistance. The family size and annual income are the main criteria for this benefit. For more information, please go to https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/energy-weatherization/Pages/utility-bill-payment-assistance.aspx or contact 503 228 6322.
Oregon Avista Utilities is a local energy company that has been helping needy people and families who are struggling financially to cover their utility expenses. The company runs a program called The LIRAP Assistance Program and Project Share. The local community and the company have been funding both programs to support the community throughout the state. Accepted applicants may receive monthly discounts on utility bills or financial assistance to cover their utility expenses. The expense of the aid differs according to the applicant’s case. For more information, please visit https://www.myavista.com/ or make a phone call at 1 800 227 9187.
Oregon Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was built and has been run by the Oregon Department of Human Services. This food support program’s primary goal is to ensure that all families, especially children, have access to healthy and nutritious food. Accepted persons will be receiving monthly food support through the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. These cards can be used at some local supermarkets and grocery stores. To learn more information and to apply, please click the link https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/food-benefits/pages/index.aspx or call 1 855 626 2050.