Years Of Service
Over the course of 2021, CSC prevented more than 4,000 people from eviction and homelessness with rental assistance, the majority being COVID-impacted. In total, over $14.6 million was provided directly to local landlords.
2021 rental assistance
Last year, we also assisted 375 homeless individuals and families get back into permanent housing, with nearly 100% of them still housed over 6 months later.
We also partnered and supported several local nonprofits, culturally-specific organizations, and shelters to uplift their missions and expand services. In total, we provided more than $3.8 million in supportive, pass-through funding to build capacity and better serve our community.
homeless families housed
2021 supportive funding to partners
Our Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program served about 100 individuals and families in 2021, providing support for rent, deposits, utilities, and emergency shelter, leading to permanent, safe housing.
In 2021, we served over 7,400 households with utility assistance, helping more than 16,000 individuals and families. In total, over $3.3 million was provided in assistance for utlity bills and heating.
In addition, we provided over 5,500 people with COVID-related utility assistance, totaling more than $1.1 million.
total 2021 Utility assistance
total individuals served
In 2021, we provided over 3.5 million pounds of food, including 200,000 pounds of locally grown fresh produce, to our communities through Linn Benton Food Share, one of our most robust programs.
We make a strong effort to conserve and make our community more sustainable. We saved over 850,000 pounds of food through the fresh alliance grocery recovery program.
With the help of our dedicated volunteers, we supplied enough food for nearly 260,000 meals and over 29,000 emergency food boxes to our partner food pantries and meal sites.
Our Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) supported 350 elderly community members last year. This program saves participants $500 in food costs annually that they can use for rent, medications and other essential expenses.
We couldn’t do any of this work without our generous, caring community – we had over 300,000 volunteer hours donated to Linn Benton Food Share last year!
LBS OF FOOD
Our COVID Equity Program for Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Polk Counties provided financial support to minority and underserved populations affected by the pandemic. We provided wage replacement payments to over 100 individuals due to job and income loss from the pandemic, totaling nearly $300,000 in assistance.
COVID-19 wage assistance to Families
COVID-positive individuals served
Our OHA COVID Wrap-Around Services program is working seven days a week to help those who have tested positive, or presumed to be positive, for COVID-19 in Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Polk Counties.
We’ve been working one-on-one with over 500 individuals, enabling them to safely quarantine to help keep the infection rate down in our region. Essential services, such as safe space to quarantine for individuals and their families, financial assistance with bills and households expenses, groceries, and more to allow them to stay home while meeting their needs.
Quarantine can mean paying more for essential needs while also experiencing a reduction in income and facing unpredictable health effects of the coronavirus. By providing community-based wrap-around services and support, we’re letting people know we recognize their sacrifice, we see their need, and we are here to help them successfully isolate.
With over 500,000 Oregonians affected and more than 1 million acres burned, CSC is doing everything we can to help our local communities impacted by the 2020 wildfires.
We are working with victims in a variety of ways across our programs. Full time staff are stationed in the Santiam Canyon helping with local relief efforts. We have hired 15 individuals impacted by the wildfires, and continue to hire more, to help with local humanitarian efforts, staffing shelters, working in resource centers and assisting with clean up and rehabilitation for the parks, trails, camp sites and other affected public land.
Through this work and with our partners, we are providing over $2 million in disaster relief efforts and services for our region.
wildfire victims Hired
In Disaster Relief
Our dedicated staff are working closely with all of our participants and families to ensure our students are safe and receiving the support, training and education to help them explore new opportunities in these difficult times.
We are actively following all local, state and federal guidelines, creating a safe environment with increased cleaning protocols, PPE, and more.
Our Head Start program is currently serving 160 children and families. We focus on the holistic health of our students, including nutrition, mental health services, dental and vision screenings, and socialization skills. We provide two meals a day, totaling 60,000 meals in a single academic year. Applications are still open for the 2021-22 school year!
Our Career Tech Charter High School works with students through hands-on training for industry-specific skills. Whether joining a drone academy, learning about marsh and land mapping, computer coding, cooking, or gardening, our courses are designed to build lasting skills needed for life and livelihood.
CSC Polk County Youth Programs have continued to offer virtual and safe in-person activities for our youth participants. This includes 3D printing, screen printing, and embroidery in our Makerspace, gardening, culinary arts and hands-on career experience opportunities, like the sidewalk reconstruction project through the City of Independence. Learn more and apply!
In partnership with a caring community, we help people in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties to access tools and resources to overcome poverty and build brighter and more stable futures.
To better reach all of the corners of our communities, we have established over 300 partnerships with other social services agencies, businesses, associations, government departments, and more.
Grateful for all our partners, we have highlighted some below who are constant collaborators with us, providing essential services to our communities.
While our team and our community partners are committed to this work, community support is essential. We welcome all to join us in whatever way you are able in our mission to end poverty and strengthen our communities.