What is the Emergency Client Assistance Program?

Our Emergency Client Assistance Program (ECAP) is a partnership between Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus and St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council. It provides emergency financial assistance to those living with lupus.  

The goal of ECAP is to provide assistance to those with  low-income who are diagnosed with lupus and in need of emergency financial support. 

Our emphasis is to connect clients to social and community services, as well as educating and enabling individuals to become better advocates for themselves and their families. Currently, we provide assistance to residents in and around the Portland, Oregon metropolitan in the following counties:  Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, Clatsop, Yamhill and Marion. 




To apply, please fill out the online application below, or call St. Vincent de Paul’s emergency assistance hotline at 503-235-8431.

You can also apply for assistance in person at the St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council offices at 8101 SE Cornwell Street, Portland, Oregon 97206.

If you live outside of this service area, please check with your local community resources.


Other Community Resources:

211 info serves Oregon and Southwest Washington. www.211info.org    

To download a list of local resources in the Portland Metro Area, click here: community_resource_list 


Emergency Financial Assistance may be used for:

  • Housing, rent assistance

  • Utilities

  • Transportation

  • Medical Prescriptions


Eligibility for Emergency Assistance:

  • You must show an emergency financial need.

  • You must have verifiable proof of lupus diagnosis.

  • You must be low-income as described in the Oregon Low-Income Guidelines (www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/energy-weatherization-oregon-income-guidelines.aspx)

  • You must live in or near the Portland metropolitan area in the following counties: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia, Clatsop, Yamhill and Marion.