Where to get financial help during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound economic impacts on people in our community. These resources may help.   

The information in this post was last updated 4/26/20 at 5 pm. 

Common questions

I’m not working/working enough to pay my bills. Is there help available? 
Starting at 10am on Monday, April 27, you can apply for Emergency Household Stabilization Funds through 211info. The fund will provide limited direct cash assistance to at least 2,000 households to help cover urgent needs like groceries, rent, utilities, and medical expenses. Assistance with language interpretation or accessibility is available.
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How can I make sure I am getting my stimulus payment?
The IRS has a site where you can apply and track your payment status.

Am I eligible for unemployment benefits if my job ended due to COVID-19?
You may be.
This OPB interview has more information about applying for unemployment benefits.

Where can I get help with food?
Meal resources for families
Guide to food resources

I’m not able to pay my utility bills. Is there help?
Many utilities are suspending disconnection or termination of service and there are other resources available

I’m worried about getting behind on rent and being evicted. Is there help?
Local leaders announced a moratorium on residential evictions in Multnomah County and in public housing

I’m concerned that my business won’t stay open. Is there help?
Yes. Get business planning, counseling, financial assistance and more

I can’t afford a computer or internet service. Is there help?
Yes. Here's a tool to find low-cost internet and affordable computers in your area. Also, Xfinity wi-fi public hotspots are now available to everyone until further notice.

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Related news and information
 

Federal

This week Congress passed and the president signed another relief package with additional funds for small businesses, hospitals, and testing. The federal income tax filing deadline has been postponed to July 15. Additional federal legislative proposals are under consideration.

State

Get press releases, executive orders, and other state relevant information directly from Governor Kate Brown’s website.

Local

Multnomah County’s official coronavirus resource site provides news, guidance, resources and factual information.

The Community Services Network is tracking changes to services including food, shelter, health care, transportation and more.