St. Vincent de Paul will help you pay your bills if you are facing an emergency situation.
How we define an emergency is if you are facing eviction or you face the threat of having your power or water turned off. Before you visit or call for assistance, please see the list of information you need to have ready and available.
Typically, St. Vincent de Paul will pay the last $50 of one of your bills. For example, if you owe $300 to a landlord or utility and have received an eviction or shut off notice, you will need to come up with $250 of the $300. Once you have secured the $250, we will pay $50 to your landlord or utility. We never pay money directly to a client and we normally will only pay assistance to one household once a year.
Bills we pay:
- Electric (PGE, Salem Electric, etc.)
- Water (Cities of Salem and Keizer)
- Some medical assistance
- Other emergency items as determined by staff
Other forms of assistance we may be able to provide (depending upon availability and need):
- Propane for heating
Bills we don’t pay:
- Telephone or cell phone
- NW Natural bills
- Gasoline bills
- Car payments
- Most medical bills
- Credit Cards
- Payday Loans
- Late fees
Other bills that we do not deem to be emergencies
The bottom line is that our mission is to keep individuals and families from becoming homeless and hungry. We would like to offer more assistance, but due to the overwhelming need in our community, we have had to limit the scope and amounts of our assistance. We do have access to a large network of caring organizations throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley, so if you have a true emergency, we will do our very best to help you to figure out an acceptable solution.