Cooling Centers Opening Press Release


June 24th, 2021


Kenny LaPoint Executive Director

Email: Phone #: 541-848-1667

Mid-Columbia Community Action Council

Serving Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties

312 E. 4th St.

The Dalles, OR 97058



As high summer temperatures enter the region, our houseless and most vulnerable community members are at extreme risk of heat and sun exposure that threatens their health and well-being. In response, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) has partnered with the City of Hood River, St. Vincent DePaul of The Dalles, Hood River Shelter Services, the City of Hood River, Hood River County Emergency Management, Hood River Public Health, Columbia Area Transit, and LINK Public Transit to offer Cooling Centers options and transportation for our community members who are experiencing unsheltered houselessness. Below are Cooling Center locations and transportation information that can help assist in accessing Cooling Centers in the region:


Hood River County Cooling Center

Hood River Fire Station Community Room (located behind the Hood River Acquatic Center) 1785 Meyer Parkway, Hood River

Contact Phone #: 541-965-8533 Hours of operation:

  • Friday, June 25th, 10am-8pm
  • Saturday, June 26th, 10am-8pm
  • Sunday, June 27th,10am-8pm
  • Monday, June 28th, 10am-8pm
  • Tuesday, June 29th, 10am-8pm


Wasco County and Sherman County

St. Vincent DePaul of The Dalles 315 W. 3rd St., The Dalles Contact Phone #: 541-980-0855 Hours of operation:

  • Friday, June 25th, 10am-8pm
  • Saturday, June 26th, 10am-8pm
  • Sunday, June 27th,10am-8pm
  • Monday, June 28th, 10am-8pm


  • Tuesday, June 29th, 10am-8pm Contact Phone #: 541-980-0855


Transportation to and from cooling centers will be offered by Columbia Area Transit (CAT) in accordance with the CAT Bus and Trolley schedules linked below:


Hood River Transportation Options Weekday CAT Bus Schedule, Hood River Weekend CAT Trolley Schedule, Hood River


The Dalles Transportation Options

Weekday and Weekend CAT Bus Schedule, The Dalles

LINK Public Transit Schedule or call for a Dial-A-Ride 541-296-7595 M-F 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Cost is $1.50


Additional Information

Guests of the Cooling Centers will be required to comply with COVID-19 guidelines and face covering requirements. All guest will be required to wear a face covering when inside the Cooling Centers in addition to maintaining social distancing and utilizing hand washing and sanitation options as necessary. Additional rules may be implemented at each Cooling Center site.




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Fire Relief for Home Owners

Here is a helpful link to the State of Oregon for their Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Program


Wildfire Damage Housing Relief
Oregon Housing and Community Services | Housing Stabilization Division | (503) 986-2000 |

Program Overview:  Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) was directed by the 78th Oregon Legislative Assembly to develop, implement and administer the Wildfire Damage
Housing Relief Account Program to assist households of lower income that suffer a loss of housing due to a wildfire.

Eligibility Requirements
A homeowner may apply for financial assistance to provide relief for damages incurred due to a wildfire.
To qualify for program assistance:
(a) The loss or damage to housing must be due to a wildfire as defined by ORS 477.089.
(b) The applicant must be an Oregon resident at the time of the loss or damage to housing.
(c) The applicant has a previous year annual income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
(d) The loss or damage to housing must have occurred in Oregon on or after July 1, 2017.
(e) The home lost or damaged due to wildfire must be the household’s primary residence.
(f) The household must own the home that is lost or damaged due to wildfire.
(g) The home that is lost or damaged due to wildfire may be a stick built home, a
site built home, or a recreational vehicle that is the primary residence of the applicant.
(h) The home damaged by the wildfire is considered uninhabitable unless repaired or replaced.
(i) To receive assistance, the household must submit an application to the department along with verification of loss, proof of ownership, and proof of income.
(j) The household must apply for grant funds within one hundred and eighty (180) days after the loss of the home

Type of Program Assistance
Program assistance for damages may not exceed $7,000 per household.  Applications will be accepted until all Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account funds are expended.
Program Delivery The application is available online at
After submission of the application, OHCS will notify applicants if the application

Oregon Housing and Community Services | Housing Stabilization Division | (503) 986-2000 | Revised 07/18/2017
is incomplete within ten (10) days. OHCS will process complete applications and payments to homeowners within thirty (30) days.

For More Information Individuals with questions about the program should contact:
Sheila Parkins, Program Analyst, or 503-986-2062

MCHA’s Annual Plan has been APPROVED

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority is required to submit an annual plan to HUD with prior approval from our Board of Directors, State of Oregon Housing and Community Services as well as providing the public a opportunity to review and comment on our plan.  On May 29th we held a public meeting open to all the residence of the counties that we serve once this meeting was adjourned our Board of Directors voted to approve our annual plan for submission.  You can find Mid-Columbia Housing Authority’s approved annual plan below or you can request a copy from our office located at 500 East 2nd Street. The Dalles, OR 97058


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Hood River and Wasco Counties in Oregon’s Top Five Most Expensive Areas to Live!


The Dalles, OR. (June 13th, 2018) – This year’s Out of Reach report, released today from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), shows that Hood River and Wasco residents earning minimum wage would have to work almost two full time jobs just to afford a two bedroom apartment and still have money left over for other necessities like food, medicine and transportation. We know that families often pay much more of their income towards rent leaving them at risk of homelessness if an unexpected financial emergency or job loss occurs.

You can download the Out of Reach report here and learn about the housing wage in our community. To learn more about the work of the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority visit our website at
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority’s purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing that is affordable to very low-, low- and moderate-income persons. MCHA operates within Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties in Oregon as well as Klickitat and Skamania Counties in Washington.


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Notice of Public Hearing

There will be a Public Hearing in regards to Mid-Columbia Housing Authority & Columbia Gorge Housing Authority’s Public Housing Agency Plan.  People are welcome to contact Jodi Wetherbee at in advance for a copy of the proposed annual plan that will be submitted to HUD after the public hearing or you can stop by 500 East 2nd Street The Dalles, OR 97058 to pick up a copy.


The meeting will take place at the Pioneer Center located at 228 West Main Street in White Salmon Washington at 10 am on May 29th.