Get Help Paying for Things
The Oregon eviction moratorium ended on June 30, 2021! This means you must pay your July rent to avoid eviction. If you don't think you'll be able to afford July's rent, apply for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) at https://www.oregonrentalassistance.org/. Don't wait to apply - this process can take a bit. Apply ASAP!
1) You must be a renter behind on rent payments.
2) Someone in your household can show that COVID-19 directly or indirectly affected your ability to pay rent or utilties.
3) Your income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). (For reference, our income chart below is close to their income chart. If your income qualifies you for help from SACA to pay for things, you qualify for OERAP.)
For more information about qualifying for OERAP and additional specific details for qualifying, visit https://www.oregonrentalassistance.org/tenants/.
If you need help paying for things other than rent (or if you do not qualify for OERAP because of something other than income), please contact us or see information below.
SACA can often help pay for things like rent, utilities (PGE, NW Natural, City of Silverton), prescriptions, propane, gas, and bus tickets. We may be able to help people who meet the income guidelines and live in or have children currently enrolled in the Silver Falls School District (which includes Silverton and parts of other surrounding areas, including Scotts Mills, Mt. Angel, Salem, and more). Sometimes we can help pay for other things, too—just ask if you need help with something else.
Who can get help at SACA?
You can get help paying for things if everything below is true:
- You live within or have children currently enrolled in the Silver Falls School District
- Your total household income is at or below the SACA income guideline for the number of people in your household (see chart on the right). Total household income is the amount of money everyone who lives with you gets each month (or each year).
- We have not already given you the maximum amount of help we can give each household this year
- We still have money left in our financial help budget
2021 SACA Income Guidelines for Help Paying for Things
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How do I get help paying for things?
- Fill out the form to ask for financial help -- you can do this in our office or you can download the form by clicking the button below and fill it out at home. See additional information below the button.
- On the form, you will need to tell us:
- What kind of help you need
- Why you need help
- How much help you need
- What your household income is (total amount of money everyone in your household gets) -- bring proof of income (pay stubs, etc.) to SACA if you have it
- What your monthly costs are (how much you spend on things each month)
- How you plan to pay for things next month
- Bring paperwork showing how much you need to pay for whatever you are asking us to help you pay (example: PGE bill or rental agreement)
- Fill out the Release of Information form(s) to let us talk to the people or company you need to pay
What should I expect?
When you come to SACA to ask for help paying for things, please check in with the staff person or volunteer at the table under the tent in the parking lot.
If you already have a Link2Feed card, please have that ready to help with check in. If you do not have a Link2Feed card, you may need to be added to the Link2Feed database.
At check in, the staff person or volunteer will give you a Financial Assistance Application, including the Monthly Household Income and Budget Worksheets and a Release of Information. After filling out the paperwork, you will meet with the Client Services Specialist, who will coordinate with you to determine if SACA will be able to help cover costs.
Do I need to bring anything?
Yes, please bring proof of income for the last 2 months if you have it and a copy of your bill(s), rental agreement, and any other document that shows information related to the help you need. If you already have a Link2Feed card, please bring that also.
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