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Stability at home is important to any student’s ability to learn and endure the pandemic in a healthy way. But right now, many families are having a hard time paying their rent, keeping up with their bills or buying basic necessities like food and clothing because of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance from Multnomah County can help relieve some of the stress, anxiety and instability families are feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Rent assistance and eviction protection

  • Multnomah County COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund Program | Website | 2-1-1 or 503-222-5555
    The COVID-19 Rent Relief program may be able to provide assistance to households who have experienced a loss of income, or who have increased health risks or needs, due to COVID-19. Income-eligible households can receive up to 3 months of assistance in past, current and future rent payments. To get started, call 211, text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) or send an email to

  • COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium | Website
    If you are a tenant in Oregon unable to pay your rent, you cannot be evicted for non-payment of any rent, fees, or utilities until September 30, 2020. The eviction moratorium also gives renters until March 31, 2021 to pay back rent owed. Visit the website for more information.

Energy assistance

  • Multnomah County Energy Assistance Program | Website | 2-1-1 or 503-222-5555
    The Multnomah County Energy Assistance Program provides home energy assistance to help households with low incomes supplement their home heating and electric costs. The program is on a first-come, first-served basis. To get started, call 211, text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) or send an email to

  • Energy Assistance Stability Coronavirus Relief Program (EASCR) | 503-988-5910
    The EASCR program provides assistance to help low income households who have been impacted by COVID-19 cover their electric (PGE/PPL), natural gas, oil and/or propane costs.  This program expires on December 30, 2020. Schedule an appointment to learn more by calling 503-988-5910 or emailing

Food assistance

  • Food boxes and free groceries are currently distributed at numerous sites throughout the county. You do not have to qualify for SNAP or EBT to access these resources. Find your closest distribution site here.