Services for Students

This page is intended to help you out in times of need, crisis, or if you have friends or family that might need service of some kind. 
Library service is far-reaching. It encompasses far more than just how to conduct research and what book to check out. We are a source of all kinds of information. So, if you find yourself in need of resources like food, shelter, clothing, etc., read on, and link up to the area's vast resources--city, county, etc., that might be able to step in an help. 
 
 

Help at OCAC
Scholarships and Grants
General Help Topics
Addiction
Domestic Abuse
Mental Health
Transportation
Housing
Healthcare
Dental
Vision
Children and Youth Services

 

Help at OCAC:
Academic Help: Please see the academic coach or the librarian if you have need of academic assistance. 
Malka Geffen is available for tutor sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9am to 3pm. 
You can email her at: mgeffen@ocac.edu, or call 971-255-4194. 

You may schedule a tutoring session online 

Please remember that the Dean and your instructors are wonderful guides for you too, but you have an abundance of resources, just reach out! 
 
Student Services at OCACSee student services in the red house if you need help, but also check out their page
 
 
 

Scholarships/ Grants
Disclaimer: OCAC is not affiliated with and does not directly endorse the resources below, they are listed here purely as resources for your information. 

 

Oregon College of Art and Craft External Scholarships and Grants Page This is a fantastic resource, check it out!

Scholarship Experts, Free scholarship search site.

College Board scholarship page

College Answer  

If you live in Washington State, check out this link

Ford Family Foundation Grants/ Scholarships

 

Avoid scholarship scams

 
 
General Help Topics
Disclaimer: OCAC is not affiliated with and does not directly endorse the resources below, they are listed here purely as resources for your information. 
 
This is not a comprehensive list of services provided out there. If you have needs that are not addressed here, and you'd like to see more, please talk to the librarian or the student services office. 
 

Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Oregon Helps  fill out short online form to see what state and federal assistance programs you might qualify for.
211 has it all, dial 211 or  http://211info.org/ 

Rose City Resourcea comprehensive guide to the public services and assistance programs in the Portland and tri-county area. Food boxes, free eyeglasses, food for Fido, utility assistance – you name it, you’ll find it here

 

Multnomah County Crisis Line 503-988-4888 or 1-800-716-9769

 

Please refer to the link for help for Alcohol and Drug abuse: Addiction Resources

 

Please refer to the link for help for Domestic Abuse resources: Domestic Abuse

 

Please refer to this link for assistance involving Mental Health: Mental Health Resources

 

Transportation

Disclaimer: OCAC is not affiliated with and does not directly endorse the resources below, they are listed here purely as resources for your information. 

 

Tri-Met (Portland area)  503-238-7433                      

C-Tran (Vancouver) 360-695-0123 or 503-283-8054

South Metro Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Wilsonville area 503-682-7790 

South Clackamas Transportation District (Mollala area) 503-632-7000

Canby area transit 503-266-4022

Broadway Cab (503) 333-3333

Radio Cab (503) 227-1212

Uber Portland The "taxi alternative"

Lyft Portland Another "taxi alternative"

 

 
 

Housing
Disclaimer: OCAC is not affiliated with and does not directly endorse the resources below, they are listed here purely as resources for your information. 

 

Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland):

135 SW Ash Street

Portland, OR 97204

503-802-8300

 

Portland Housing Center

3233 NE Sandy Blvd; 503-282-7744 Monday-Friday: 8AM - 5PM

First time homebuyers educational program. Ready to Rent information.

 

Portland Housing Bureau 

More resources from the PHB

 

Housing Connections

Search engine to find low cost housing and housing programs that you might be eligible for.

 

Section 8

Public  Housing Authority (PHA)

http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/states/or.cfm      (Oregon)

http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/states/wa.cfm     (Washington)

 

PHA Offices in the Portland Area

Clackamas County 503-655-8267 

13930 South Gain Street 

Oregon City, OR 97045  

 

Multnomah County  503-802-8300 

135 SW Ash Street 

Portland, OR 97204 

 

Salem  503-588-6368

360 Church Street SE

Salem, OR 97301

 

Washington County   503-846-4794 

111 NE Lincoln Street, Suite 200-L 

Hillsboro, OR 97124 

  

Yamhill County  503-883-4318

135 NE Dunn Place 

McMinnville, OR 97128 

 

Vancouver, WA   360-694-2501

2500 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

 

HUD link that provides a database on subsidized housing, by city. http://www.hud.gov/apps/section8/index.cfm

 

National and Online Resources for Homelessness from Tuck Sleep Foundation

Tuck Sleep Foundation is a non-profit community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. 

 

 

Roommate Services 

 

Portland Metro Roommates Online service only.

Portland Roommates Online service only. 

Craigslist Online service only. 

 
Healthcare
Disclaimer: OCAC is not affiliated with and does not directly endorse the resources below, they are listed here purely as resources for your information. 
 

National Library of Medicine:  Health Information

 
Cover OregonInformation about shopping for health insurance 
 

General Clinics

Coalition of Community Health Clinics

A coalition of 14 private health clinics located throughout Multnomah County providing services to the uninsured.

 

Portland Zoom Care

A Portland ZoomCare clinic is offering 20 free medical appointments a month, which is great news for people who are sick but don’t have money or health insurance. See attached article for more information.

 

 727 W Burnside

Portland, OR 97209-3514

 503-489-1760

Downtown: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (must make appointment); Gresham: Mondays, Wednesdays, starting at 6 p.m. (appointment necessary).
Transit: Fareless Square.

Basic urgent care: fevers, respiratory infections, bladder infections, ear infections, skin rashes.  Dermatology and podiatry services twice a month. Must make appointment.  Se Habla espanol.

 

Oregon Contraceptive Care

CCare has the latest information, services and birth control methods--all available at no cost to you. The CCare providers will help you find a method that works for you--your body and your life. If you are not planning to get pregnant soon, visit CCare today! You can find CCare in county health departments and Planned Parenthood clinics as well as many other clinics throughout Oregon. Visit our website to find a clinic near you.

 

Outside In

1132 SW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205-1703

 503-535-3890

8:30 a.m.-until full; Monday-Friday; additional 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday until full. Every 2nd Tues. of month open at 12:00 noon.
Transit: Fareless Max All.

Multiple programs for adults and youths, including basic health care and referrals, a needle exchange program, acupuncture treatments, tattoo removal, general medicine, naturopath, HIV-STD testing and counseling. Provides a combination of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. Se habla Espanol. Sliding scale $10 minimum.  Only serves Multnomah County Residents.

 

3030 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97212

 503-287-4932

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Transit: 4, 6, 44, 72.

Serves North and inner Northeast Portland. Health services (health history review, blood pressure screening, acute care for minor illness and injures) for low-income, uninsured adult residents of the 97211, 97212, 97217, 97227 and 97203 zip codes.

  

Children's Community Clinic

27 NE Killingsworth St.

Portland,OR 97211-2623

503-284-5239

Our hours are Mon-Fri., 9:00 to 5:00. We have physicians 5 days per week. Appointments are scheduled from 9:00 to 3:30. Walk-ins are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Transit: 6, 44.

Health center for low income families.  Sliding scale to age 21 only, for the under/uninsured only.  Accepts Oregon Health Plan and other insurance

 

Other Health Topics:

Quit Smoking Community

Online Community to support smoking cessation. 

American Cancer Socity

 

Dental
Disclaimer: OCAC is not affiliated with and does not directly endorse the resources below, they are listed here purely as resources for your information. 

 

Dental Access Program

503-988-6942 426 SW Stark St. 9th floor Portland, OR 97204

Provides limited services for uninsured clients in Multnomah and Washington

counties only. Provides some ER care.

Fee: $40 minimum, sliding fee scale.

Hours: Mon—Fri 8am-5pm

 

Mt. Hood Community College Dental Clinic

503-491-7176 26000 SE Stark St. Gresham, OR 97030

Cleaning, x-rays, fluoride treatments for low income adults and children.

Fees: $5 screening fee, $25-$45 cleaning fee.

Closed June 1st thru October 1st

 

Multi-care Dental (Mid-County Dental Clinic)

503-988-3711 12710 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97236

 

OHSU Dental School

503-494-8867 (Adults) 611 SW Campus Dr. Portland, OR 97201

Emergency and comprehensive dental care. Type and complexity of treatment

must be suitable for student teaching. Interpreters available by arrangement.

Reduced fee due at time of service is on average 30% less than private practice. Actual fee difference may vary. 

 

Portland Community College

971-722-4909 12000 SW 49th Bldg. HT Room #206

Provides:

Teeth Cleaning
  • Adult: $25 to $40
  • Child: $20
  • Seniors (62+): $15
Dental X-rays
$10 to $25

Payment for services is due on the first scheduled treatment appointment. Cash, check, credit and debit are accepted.

Closed June 1st thru October 1st.

 

Portland Emergency Dental

503-234-9911 8401 NE Halsey

Payment plans available

 

OHSU Russell Street Dental Clinic

503-494-6822 214 N Russell St. Portland, OR 97227

  • No discounts for cash payments
  • OHP open card
  • Must have no dental insurance
  • OHP coverage through Capital Dental and ODS Community
  • Sliding scale fee based on income and procedure or $100-$200 due at time of service
  • Private insurance accepted
  • Serves 4 county Portland metro area

 

 

NW Medical Teams Mobile Dental Service - 503-624-1026

 

 

 

Vision
Disclaimer: OCAC is not affiliated with and does not directly endorse the resources below, they are listed here purely as resources for your information. 

 

Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation

Low cost/No cost sight and hearing resources  

 

Pacific University:

Southeast Family Vision Clinic at 5039883506; Sliding fee scale as low as

$40, depending on household income and number of people living in household; single vision

lenses $99; bifocals $139, frames free if they don’t have funds. Must pay $40 up front; $40

deposit to order eyeglasses. Exam normally $140, so make sure to ask about sliding fee scale.

 
 
 
Children and Youth
 
Check out our page for child and youth services: Children and youth services