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, Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Polk and Marion.


To apply, please fill out the online application by clicking on "Apply Now" below


call St. Vincent de Paul’s emergency assistance hotline at 503-235-8431.

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


  • 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, Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Polk, and Marion.

Emergency Financial Assistance may be used for:

  • Housing, rent assistance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Medical Prescriptions

Other Community Resources


211 Info serves Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Local Resources

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

National Institute of Health

NeedyMeds is a national non-profit information resource dedicated to helping people locate assistance programs to help them afford their medications and other healthcare costs.