Community Services Consortium

Serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties in Oregon. Helping people. Changing lives.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Pelican Place connected with solar energy

Solar panels were installed at Pelican Place, the apartment complex in Newport which provides twelve units of permanent supportive housing to families and individuals who were formerly homeless. The 25 kilowatt solar system, installed by Paul Solonika & Sons, will provide energy to run the building's two laundry rooms.

Community Services Consortium's Weatherization Program was one of Eight Oregon weatherization programs selected to receive funding for piloting the installation of solar photovoltaic systems to implement a broader set of sustainable energy efficient alternatives. The utility will purchase any overage.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

CSC Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program

No interest, deferred-payment home repair loan funds are now available* from CSC's Community Housing Services in the following locations:

Benton County: Limited loan funds are available throughout Benton County, except within the city limits of Corvallis. (Residents of Corvallis may contact the City of Corvallis Housing Dept. for similar assistance, (541) 766-6944.)
Linn County: Limited loan funds are available for owner-occupied properties in Albany, Lyons and Mill City.
Lincoln County: Loan funds are now available in Newport for owner-occupied and some types of rental properties.

The loans are available for home repair needs such as roofing, heating and electrical systems, plumbing, foundations, structural work, and other conditions affecting health, safety and livability.

No interest is charged on these loans, and no monthly payments are required; loans for rehab of owner-occupied properties are not due and payable until the property is sold, transferred, vacated or refinanced; rental property owners must contribute 50% of the cost of the project, must agree to rent to low-income tenants for the life of the loan, and must pay off the loan in ten years.

For further information contact Jeni Wells-Whitney at CSC's community Housing Services office in Corvallis at (541) 758-2636 or email at
*Income guidelines apply for qualification

CSC sponsors Ten New 'Building Bridges' Members

The 'Building Bridges' Americorps*VISTA program welcomes ten new members to Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. This is the 6th team sponsored by Community Services Consortium and members are working to address issues of housing and homelessness in the community.

Tifani Erpelding, Program Coordinator for 'Building Bridges' stated, "This is a new approach for our team. In the past we worked on a variety of issues, such as hunger and education, and we made a small impact on many poverty related issues. With our new program approach, we anticipate the compounded efforts of each member working on the single issue of housing and homelessness will create a greater impact on our communities. We are very excited about the program."

Members are serving in non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies across Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. Projects range from developing volunteer programs to serve homeless children and adults, developing a regional plan to address homelessness, to the 10 Year Plans to End Homelessness in all three counties.

2011 Resource Jam of Linn County

The Resource Jam of Linn County was held on September 13, 2011 at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. Sponsored by Community Services Consortium, (CSC) this was the second annual event that brought social service providers from all over the county together to hear about the programs each organization has to offer low income residents of Linn County.

Presentations were made by 11 agencies and organizations, plus four speakers representing different departments of CSC. Their aim was to let providers know what other services were being offered in the county in order to steer their clients to the right resources. Tables were set up for each organization to provide brochures, posters, business cards and other printed materials for attendees to pick up and share with co-workers.

There was plenty of time for questions and networking during the event. A total of 67 people were in attendance, and the event was very well received. Plans are to continue to make this an annual event, and to expand the concept to Benton County in the near future.

If your organization would like to participate in next year’s Resource Jam, contact Dina Eldridge @ CSC: 541-928-6335, x. 324 or

Dinner Down The Bay

Friday October 14, 2011
A five course dining event benefiting Friends of CSC Head Start of Lincoln County
Dine-Cruise-Ride: Begin at Inscapes Gallery for a meet and greet to kickoff your spectacular, fresh, local dining experience!
Featuring: Appetizers and wine by Local Ocean served at Inscapes Gallery.
Fresh Shrimp Salad served during a Marine Discovery cruise. Clam Chowder, or Soup du Jour served at Bridges Embarcadero Restaurant. Three entree choics to choose from served at Bay 839. Dessert, after dinner drinks and music served at Ch'Boogie. While you enjoy your delicious meal, raffle tickets will be available to win exciting prizes and gift certificates
Friday October 14
5:45 p.m. meet and greet at Inscapes Gallery
$48 in advance / $55 at the door
Tickets available at Inscapes Gallery, Bridges embarcadero Restaurant, or call (541) 270-5611; email

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Comcast offers discounted internet service to families with low incomes

Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.

The Internet Essentials program will provide low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program.

Internet service provided through Internet costs $9.95 per month (plus tax) and is available for families that:
Are located where Comcast offers Internet service (currently in 39 states) Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days Do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

Upon enrollment, new customers have the opportunity to buy a laptop computer for $149.99 (plus tax). It supports wired and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and includes the Windows 7 Starter operating system and Internet browser software.

Comcast has launched websites in English and Spanish to promote the offering.

Money Matters Class Rescheduled to Albany CSC Office

On September 14th, 21st and 28th Community Housing Services, a program of Community Services Consortium, will be hosting a Money Matters Class from 1:30 to 4:00 pm, at the CSC Albany Office. The class was previously scheduled for the Corvallis CSC office.

Money Matters is perfect for anyone working on large goals like education, buying a home, or building better credit--and for those who are trying to move past living on an “emergency plan”. We’ll take a look at basic budgeting, spending leaks and how to be strategic about money use--as well as talk about preparing for emergencies so that they don’t throw you off track.

For further information or to enroll, call Beth Larsen at (541) 928-6335 ext. 311 or email at

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These communications tools can be used to make announcements, acknowledge donors and volunteers, post videos and slideshows–whatever we want to share with our online community.

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