ASSIST Is a Team of Highly Trained Advocates

ASSIST is a 501(c)3 non-profit. We work with the disabled who are often homeless and/or living in poverty, assisting them in getting their Social Security benefits. Our individual claims representation is different than most others as we are extremely proactive. Early claim intervention is the key to developing a thoroughly documented application that will dramatically increase the chances of a favorable decision at the earliest stage of the process.

At ASSIST we strive to get it right the first time!

Contact ASSIST

Mellani Calvin — Executive Director
4412 S. Barbur Blvd., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97239

Phone: 503-888-2690
Fax: 503-477-4177
Email: staff at

Do you know someone in need of Social Security benefits?

Download our referral form:


Read about ASSIST in The Oregonian:

"Homeless clients need help to get help from disability benefits" (October 30, 2017)


How and Why We're Different:

  • We learn as much as we can about you and your conditions before filing an application.
  • We assist in gathering medical and other pertinent documentation.
  • We help claimants with their application(s) from the very beginning.
  • We file all applications and appeals on-line for better tracking.
  • We correspond with your doctors.
  • We take our clients to disability related appointments.
  • We try to help the Social Security Administration locate missing evidence.

Video: ASSIST—Going the Extra Mile for People with Disabilities

Watch and listen as ASSIST staff and advocates describe and demonstrate their work.

Going the Extra Mile for People with Disabilities from Christian Krantz on Vimeo.

Going the Extra Mile for People with Disabilities from Christian Krantz on Vimeo.

ASSIST from Christian Krantz on Vimeo.

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