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How to Get Emergency Help in Hillsboro OR

How to Get Emergency Help in Hillsboro OR

Looking for help with rent, clothing or fun in the Hillsboro or Beaverton areas? We recently received a request from a mother of three living in the the Beaverton and Hillsboro area a few days ago… and this is the help we’ve found.

Rent Assistance

Community Action 

Washington County residents can receive help with emergency rent, heating and electricity costs. To receive help with rent, you will need to have an eviction notice. Please be aware that these funds are extremely limited and income restrictions do apply. 

While you’re checking out Community Action, be sure to check out their free weatherization services and energy assistance programs! These services can help you save money on your electric bill by improving your home’s energy efficiency. Click here to learn more about their helpful programs!   You might even find help with an emergency supply of food.

Community Connect

As a coordinator for over a dozen housing programs, Community Connect should be one of the first resources you call for help with rent when you live in Hillsboro, Beaverton or other cities in Washington County. If you call (503) 640-3263, a helpful and caring coordinator will help you connect with the services that will best help you in your unique situation.

Department of Human Services

You can apply for TANF and other cash programs through DHS. These funds can be used for food, clothing, housing, utilities and more.  Information about applying for these benefits can be found here.

St. Vincent de Paul

Over 2,000 families per year receive help with rent, food, furniture, and utilities through the Hillsboro St. Vincent de Paul. For assistance with rent, please visit the Parish Hall on the first working day of each month at 12:30pm. The Parish is located at 442 SE 3rd Ave in Hillsboro.

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Hillsboro Seventh Day Adventist Church

In addition to distributing food boxes on Thursday nights, the Seventh Day Adventist Church also operates a clothes closet. You can receive free clothing in any size at this location. The Church is located at 367 NE Grant St in Hillsboro. The food bank is available between 6:30pm and 8pm on most Thursdays.  The food pantry is open at the same time.

Sunshine Pantry

Struggling individuals and families who reside in Oregon and southwest Washington, can receive assistance from Sunshine Pantry. You may visit the Sunshine Pantry once per week (or more often if homeless).

In addition to food and gently used clothing, they also offer:

  • Paper products
  • Hygiene items
  • Toiletries
  • Household products
  • Baby products
  • Toys
  • School supplies
  • Seasonal items

The Sunshine Pantry is located at 10895 SW 5th St in Beaverton. It is open between 11am and 2pm on weekdays (Monday thru Friday) or can be accessed by special request.


Got an Oregon Trail Card? It can help you get discounted (or even free) admission at some of Oregon’s best venues! Click here to check out our list!

Go to the library! In addition to offering free activities for kids and families, the Washington County Cooperative Library Services also offer a Cultural Pass to Adventure. The passes can be checked out for free but must be returned by midnight or a $10 per day late fee will apply. For details, please click here.

This pass provides free admission to certain venues, including:

  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
  • Gilbert House Children’s Museum
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • The ORegon Garden
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
  • Washington County Museum

Check local calendars for free local events! In the Hillsboro and Beaverton areas, you can rely on event calendars provided by PDX Parent and Red Tricycle.

Nicole leads the Low Income Relief team with over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow, Livestrong, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more.