2016-17 Programs & Impact

Head Start prepares low-income pre-school children, ages 3 to 5, for success in school and life, including children with special needs.  Early Head Start promotes physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development of infants and toddlers and supports positive parent-child relationships.

  •  1,100 children gained a solid educational foundation by participating in Community Action’s Head Start programs for children from birth to 5 years old.

Child Care Resource & Referral provides professional development opportunities & coaching, which includes participating in Oregon’s Quality Rating & Improvement System, called Spark. We also support early educators with technical assistance in understanding the Employment Related Daycare System (ERDC) with families who receive subsidies through DHS. We offer employers technical assistance around child care options as well as informing them on how quality child care supports their work force.

  • The quality of local child care resources improved as 1,721 providers participated in 21,371 hours of training in early childhood development.

Family Development provides phone based assessment and assistance connecting to resources and home visiting case management to help families meet their goals, increase housing and income stability and improve family functioning and parenting skills.

  • With access to appropriate pre-natal services, 175 low-income pregnant women were better equipped for a healthy birth.
  • 709 new parents were provided with information about early child development and parenting resources.
  • 40 at-risk families received parenting support to prevent child abuse and neglect. 
  • 258 families participated in home-visiting support services to set and achieve goals to help avoid or recover from homelessness and maintain a stable home.

Housing & Homeless Services provides shelter for families experiencing homelessness, assists them in achieving housing stability and advocates for their children to ensure school success.

  • 118 homeless children and parents had the chance to get back on their feet by staying at Community Action’s Hillsboro Family Shelter.
  • 2,066 families experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness were assessed for eligibility for the continuum of housing programs in Washington County.
  • 340 families experiencing homelessness were re-housed with short-term rent assistance.

Energy & Emergency Rent Assistance prevents homelessness and assures that families can remain safe and warm in their homes by providing financial assistance for those facing eviction or termination of heat and electricity services.

  • 7,466 families stayed warm and safe in their homes with heat and electricity bill paying assistance from Community Action.
  • 422 families facing eviction remained in their homes because of rent assistance provided by Community Action.

Energy Conservation helps families reduce energy bills by assessing home energy use, recommending cost saving measures and connecting with resources to improve energy efficiency.

  • 177 families had lower heating costs and warmer, safer, healthier homes because Community Action provided comprehensive weatherization services. 
  • 462 households reduced energy costs, improved home safety and increased energy efficiency by receiving energy education and conservation services.

Information & Referral
Community Action is the Washington County partner for 211 Info providing information and referral to critical health and human services.

  • By dialing 211, 12,324 callers were connected with vital health and social services because of Community Action’s comprehensive data base of Washington County resources.

Financial Literacy helps families take charge of their finances and plan for their future by providing financial literacy classes and Individual Development Accounts.

  • 9 new families began the process of saving funds to increase their education or start a business through Community Action’s Individual Development Account program. 23 Families in total are currently saving towards their asset goal.
  • 66 individuals learned skills to take control of their financial future through Community Action’s financial education classes.