Rent & Utility Assistance

Notice: The County has allocated and spent all of the remaining funds from the CARES Act CRF allocation from the US Treasury. All programs funded by CARES Act-CRF are now closed and completed. Please check back on our Grants Management home page for future grant opportunities.
Notice: Updated (12/15/20) Information Regarding the Rent and Utility AssistanceCommunity Action's Rent and Utility Assistance Program will not be accepting new applications for assistance between December 19th (Saturday) through January 3, 2021 (Sunday). The emergency rent line (503-615-0770) and the utility assistance line (503-615-0771) will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021.The reason for this closure is that Community Action will need the time between the 19th and the 30th to complete and approve all applications in process. There are only six business days to complete that work. This schedule is needed to meet compliance requirements of the federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Relief Fund).

Washington County received funding under the CARES Act – Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to provide public health, safety and community stabilization resources.  A portion of those funds are targeted to housing stability assistance for people impacted by COVID-19.

Washington County has contracted with Community Action to manage the funds and get them out to the local community.  There are three types of assistance available:

  • Rent Assistance
  • Water/Stormwater/Sewer Assistance
  • Garbage and Recycling Assistance

Rent Assistance

Phone Number:  503-615-0770

For a link to the rent assistance pre-screening tool, go to

Community Action can assist income qualified households who are behind on their rent with emergency assistance even if they do not have an eviction notice. Funding for this assistance is limited.  If you receive a voicemail message, please listen to the entire message and follow the instructions provided.

Utility Assistance (Water/Stormwater/Sewer/Garbage/Recycling)

Phone Number: 503-615-0771

For a link to the energy assistance application request form:

Requests for Utility Assistance can be made Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 12 pm online (see link above) or by calling 503-615-0771.