Community Relief Fund
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Our Safety Net Fund helps struggling families in the four-county area by meeting their basic needs. Your support helps provide:

  • Community Relief: Emergency food, rent, utility and prescription assistance.
  • 211info: Free referral to local resources by phone, web or text.
  • Project Access NOW: Free medical care for low-income uninsured patients.
  • Labor’s Community Service Agency: Emergency assistance for union families in need.
  • Earn It, Keep It, Save It: Free tax-prep and filing help for people with low to moderate incomes.

Can you help? Donate now.

Do you need help? Whatever type of service you need, start by contacting 211info. Dial “211” on your phone or visit the website.


How Your Donation Has Helped

Becca and Sun's Story

Becca and Sun Becca and Sun are a young couple who were working hard to get by. Then Sun was in a car accident and had to leave his job. Bills piled up, and they were worried about what would happen to them.

Thanks to the United Way Community Relief Fund, Becca and Sun got the extra help they needed to pay some bills. They were able to catch up on rent which allowed Sun to heal worry-free.

We all need a little extra help sometimes. And when we work together, we have a more united, healthy community.

Names have been changed.


Community Relief Fund Results

Community Relief FundAs of October 2012, funds distributed to community action projects have helped 70,127 people in the four-county area (24,867 households). The average amount of assistance through the Community Relief Fund (CRF) with utilities was $245, while the average amount of rent assistance to each household was $727. In total, 3,408 households (9,997 individuals) avoided eviction because they received rent or mortgage assistance.

About 1,372 families (4,159 individuals) kept the lights on because they got help paying their utility bills. 1,176 people were able to stay healthy because they received assistance paying for prescriptions. Some 16,781 households (52,392 adults and kids) received food assistance.*

Clackamas County

2,808 households (total 8,581 individuals) received assistance

  • 308 households (855 individuals) received rent or mortgage assistance
  • 2,466 households (7,535 individuals) received food assistance*

Clark County

7,491 households (19,080 individuals) received assistance

  • 734 households (2,368 individuals) avoided eviction
  • 588 households (1,919 individuals) got help with utility bills
  • 262 households (332 individuals) received prescription assistance
  • 3,609 households (12,169 individuals) accessed emergency food*

Multnomah County

10,896 households (30,276 individuals) received assistance

  • 1,376 households (3,967 individuals) avoided eviction
  • 691 households (2,009 individuals) got help with utility bills
  • 592 individuals got help with prescriptions
  • 7,743 households (23,640 individuals) received emergency food*

Washington County

4,271 households (12,191 individuals) received assistance

  • 990 households (2,807 individuals) received rent/mortgage assistance
  • 251 individuals got help paying for prescriptions
  • 2,963 households (9,048 individuals) accessed emergency food*

Emergency food totals reflect assistance received through September 2011.


Need Assistance?


If you need help with emergency food, rent, utilities or medicine, call 211 on any phone to talk for free to an information referral specialist who can help connect you to available services, or visit

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