Resources to Support BIPOC communities

This list is intended for those looking to more effectively spend their time, energy, and resources to benefit Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) through direct financial assistance and personal (re-) education on issues directly affecting BIPOC communities.

COVID-19 Resources

For general questions about receiving services please dial 211.

Accessing Food, SNAP benefits, and other Basic Needs

  • Partners for A Hunger-Free Oregon: A list of food resources from how to apply for SNAP (or report a decrease in income) to food pantries to school meal replacements.

  • School Districts Offering Meals: Nearly all school districts are offering "grab and go" meals at various locations (such as schools or bus drop-off sites) to ensure that students and their families have access to food.

  • Handwashing Stations: The City of Portland has placed hygiene stations throughout the community—portable toilets and handwashing stations—so that everyone has access to this critical health tool. 

  • Sick Leave: Guidance on Oregon sick leave during COVID-19.

  • Utilities: Many Oregon internet companies are offering free service; energy and telecommunications utilities are suspending service disconnections, and waiving late fees to support Oregonians impacted by COVID-19.

  • Information about the COVID-19  Eviction Moratorium.

  • Click here to learn about statewide COVID-19 tenant protections

  • Click here for information on the Portland Security Deposit Ordinance

  • Click here for information on the Portland Tenant Screening Ordinance (FAIR Ordinance)

Information for Youth and Parents

  • Healthy Birth Initiative is providing services via telephone only, and accepting new clients and referrals to support pregnant parents.

  • Portland Public Schools: PPS school buildings are closed and the district is now providing online learning to students. While the closure is currently set to end on April 28, this date, like most others, is subject to change. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for pickup during this time at specific school sites, listed on the PPS website.

  • Student Health Centers: Student Health Centers are open. Locations and hours listed on the website. 

  • The Oregon Early Learning Division has important updates on child care programs for parents who are working in essential services and need safe places to leave their children while at work.

  • How to Support LGBTQ+ Youth

Mental & Emotional Health

COVID-19 ASL Resources 

Information from Multnomah County 

Information for Businesses and Employees

  • Information on Governor Kate Brown’s Moratorium on Commercial Evictions

  • Prosper Portland: Assistance and resources for community-serving organizations and businesses access and navigate impactful resources.

  • Disaster Loan Assistance: SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters.

  • Layoff Aversion Funds: Worksystems built a $200,000 fund immediately available to community-based non-profit employers that are facing the difficult decision of laying off workers as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • SCORE is a counseling agency and resource hub for small businesses. 

  • Business Oregon: Resources for Oregon businesses looking for assistance in the event of local, regional, or statewide economic impacts due to identified disasters.

  • Paycheck Protection Program is an opportunity to receive 2.5 months of payroll covered by the federal government. 

  • OSHA Oregon’s technical staff can answer questions to help you understand how to apply our rules to your workplace. 

Information from City of Portland 

  • City of Portland: For updated information on the city's response to COVID-19.

  • Portland Parks & Rec: Updates on recreation facilities closures.

  • Portland Police Bureau: If there is an identified safety issue related to the Governor's order, the non-emergency dispatch line at (503) 823-3333 can be utilized to report order compliance.

Information from State of Oregon

Other Resources

In addition, the Legislature has created a Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response, charged with addressing economic relief and household stability for low-income workers and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It met for the first time yesterday, and heard testimony from dozens of witnesses. You can link to committee materials here.


Relief Funds, Donations, and Volunteer Opportunities

Updated on 7/28/2020