If you receive food stamps, Oregon Medical Welfare Card, Oregon Health Plan, or SSI, you may qualify for a lower rate. Applications are available at any Oregon Department of Human Resources office or on-line.
This state program operates year-round for low-income Clackamas County residents who have power bills from Portland General Electric. During the OEAP Summer Outreach, June 1 to September 30, 2010, households that have not received energy assistance are a priority group for this program.
HOW IS ELIGIBILITY DETERMINED?To be eligible, a household’s income must be at or below 60% of Oregon’s median income. The following guidelines are based on total gross household income for all adult members, 18 and older, living in the home and the household size. The household must have an active Portland General Electric account in the name of an adult living in the home. Both homeowner and renter households are eligible.
Size of Household / Gross Monthly Income (before taxes and deductions)
# of people: 1 Income cannot exceed $1757
# of people: 2 Income cannot exceed$2298
# of people: 3 Income cannot exceed $2839
# of people: 4 Income cannot exceed$3380
# of people: 5 Income cannot exceed$3921
# of people: 6 Income cannot exceed $4461
# of people: 7 Income cannot exceed$4563
# of people: 8 Income cannot exceed$4664
Each additional member add $101
HOW TO APPLYApplications are made through Clackamas County Social Services Division. For more information or to apply for energy assistance, call the Energy Assistance Line, 503-650-5640, select English and option 3. Funds are limited, so there may be times when assistance is not available. If you have never received energy assistance before, be sure to say “this is my first time requesting energy assistance” when you call to apply for Energy Assistance.
ENERGY EDUCATIONClackamas County Social Services and Clackamas County Weatherization offer Energy Savings Tips Workshops to help eligible households learn how to reduce their energy usage and improve their economic stability. Be sure to ask about the workshops when calling for energy assistance.
Oregon Helps is an online clearinghouse that takes you through a series of questions online to determine what services you or your loved one might be eligible for. The site’s services are available in multiple languages. Check it out here.
Services covered include:
Food and Nutrition
Housing and Utilities
Federal Housing Assistance
Low-Income Energy Assistance (LIEAP)
Portland Water Bureau’s Financial Assistance Program
Children and Family Resources
National School Lunch Program
Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program(WIC)
Care to Share is a Washington County based assistance program that helps individuals with emergency food, energy assistance, rent support and more. Check out their website or see below for more details.
Clients facing financial crisis may apply to a special fund Care To Share maintains. Utility – When funds are available clients may request help on a limited basis if they are facing a shut-off. Rent – One day a month (the 3rd Thursday of each month) qualified clients may call to request assistance with rent for the following month. We do not provide: cash, bus tickets, transportation or costs, motel room rent, or medical costs.
Back to School
Each August, Care To Share provides backpacks filled with new school supplies for at-risk children attending Beaverton School District schools. These supplies are distributed though the school administration.
Care To Share has been given a contract with Oregon Heat to provide assistance for PGE clients to receive assistance with gas, electricity, wood, pellets and oil. Clients must call to set an appointment and to verify eligibility.
Care To Share provides water assistance to low income families facing shut-offs. These funds come to us from three different sources. We are thankful to Tualatin Valley Water District, Clean Water Services, and City of Beaverton Water. Without these contributions we could not provide this much needed assistance.