Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA) helps low income people build better lives. By offering hope and access to social service resources, we encourage those in need on the path to self-sufficiency. By helping people move from crisis to stability, OHRA builds more capable individuals, stronger families and a better community.
Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA) is best known through its primary project, the OHRA Community Resource Center (OCRC) or “The Center.” We are the only social service provider of our kind with a physical presence in Ashland. Our board, staff, volunteers and community advisory council are committed to building a stronger Ashland by helping those among us who struggle with poverty.
Poverty has as many faces as the people who experience it. While many of the OCRC's guests are homeless, at least half are housed but facing serious economic stress.
For people who are unhoused and/or who have substantial barriers to a good quality of life, we work with partner agencies to provide access to necessities of life.
For individuals who are economically stressed but have more stable situations, we provide help finding employment, housing, and other resources.
In 2020-21 we were there during the pandemic and after the Almeda Fire helping 271 unhoused families find homes and 302 housing threatened families to remain housed. To do that we passed through more than $1 million in federal disaster relief funds directly to affected Jackson County residents.