East Multnomah County
Common Application Pilot Program

Project Overview

To assist applicants with more streamlined access to multiple community programs, Multnomah County is launching a pilot project for a Common Services Application, which has thirteen (13) programs available. Applicants can  apply to up to eleven (11) programs in the Parents and Young Families Application, or ten (10) programs in the Adults and Seniors. Multnomah County has partnered with the following Community Based Organizations (CBO) to facilitate the application process:

Need Support?

Please work with your referral CBO for any language needs and help with your application. Contact FORWARD at 1-855-582-3973 with any technical issues.

Programs and Services Provided

These are the thirteen (13) programs and the services that will be provided:

Connecting Communities provides services for individuals with disabilities who have language and/or literacy barriers. Participants receive services essential to their employment success. Our program offers workshops for job application completion, mock interviews, resume building, English classes, computer classes and help to find and retain employment.

Healthy Families is for families who are pregnant or caring for a newborn baby. It supports you in your new role as a loving parent to your child. It­­­ focuses on positive parenting, early learning and healthy child development. 

Meals on Wheels are nutritious meals that are delivered Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Weatherization Program Multnomah County Weatherization Program can save you money on your energy bill and improve your indoor air quality. Our free services are available for people with limited incomes.

Income-Qualified enrollment is available to qualifying NW Natural residential customers in Oregon. Eligibility is based on your household size and the average annual gross income for all members of your household 18 years and older combined. Gross income means your income before taxes.

The Maternal, Child and Family Health Services program provides a range of services to help support women, men and families who are pregnant or parenting young children.

  • This program provides support for first time parents.

To be eligible for a free air conditioning unit, you must:

    •  Live within Portland City Limits
    • Have an income that is 60% or less of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size. 
  • Additionally, applicants who meet the following criteria will be prioritized:
    • Over 60 years of age 
    • Have medical conditions that increase the risk of heat-related illness 3.Live alone .There is a limit of 1 unit per household.

Enrollment is available to qualifying residential PGE customers. Eligibility is based on your household size and the average annual gross income for all members of your household 18 years and older combined. Gross income means your income before taxes. If you’ve received energy assistance in the past, it’s likely you qualify.

The City of Portland offers sewer, stormwater, and water bill discount program for all eligible households receiving water and/or sanitary sewer service as a direct customer of the Portland Water Bureau or Bureau of Environmental Services.

Our Community Builders Program serves elderly and/or disabled low-income homeowners that reside in the City of Portland.

  • This program provides free home repairs to qualified seniors and adults with disabilities. 


The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program that helps many low income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. The Oregon WIC Program is administered by the Oregon Health Authority.

The MultCo Wood Burning Device Exchange Program is designed to encourage residents of Multnomah County to remove their older, smoky wood stoves and fireplaces and replace them with cleaner heat pumps for a healthier home and cleaner air.

Frequently Asked Questions

FORWARD has extensive experience administering programs across the nation .

  • All programs are for residents of Multnomah County
  • Reach CDC Weatherization program requires that applicants make less than $2,265 a month

Applicants are encouraged to apply with a participating CBO. However, qualifying individuals may apply through FORWARD. 

FORWARD will submit applications to all selected programs on the applicants behalf. Please note that the organizations will then be contacting the applicants directly to continue their application process for those specific programs. This does not guarantee approval for the selected programs. 

Qualification means that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements and may be approved to continue the application process. FORWARD is only completing the preliminary intake and does not guarantee that the applicant will receive services.

Yes, FORWARD staff will apply to all selected programs.

Yes, applicants are currently able to select up to four (4) programs in the Parents and Young Families, and three (3) programs in the Adults and Seniors applications. Applicants are still able to complete the application even if they are only signing up for a single program.

Yes, the applicants are contacted directly by the programs if they meet the eligibility requirements. FORWARD is only responsible for starting the intake process. Applicants are responsible for continuing the application process with any program or service. 

FORWARD can calculate the total household income based on the information entered by the applicant. Applicants are able to enter all income sources, like Social Security or Disability payments, for all listed household members.

FORWARD customer support is based in the United States, and our call center is open 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Additionally, both the program website and application support over 60 different languages. 

FORWARD Online Application Tutorials

FORWARD Online Application Tutorials

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Program Partners

Multnomah County and FORWARD are partnering with the following local community organizations to help you apply to the Common Application Pilot. Connect with any of our partners below to receive assistance: 

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
(503) 234-1541

Latino Network
(503) 283-6881

Rahab's Sisters
(971) 208-3176

Rockwood Community Development Corporation
(503) 847-9163

Slavic Community Center
(971) 238-4687

Yasuke Pharm

FORWARD is administering the Common Application Pilot Project on behalf of Multnomah County. 

FORWARD is the leading Integrated Program Administration solution that incorporates all essential components, people and technology into a single streamlined workflow to effectively, securely, and equitably administer critical resources to help communities thrive.