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The following is not a comprehensive list, but it will help you get started. (Check out COVID-19 section at the bottom for resources specific to the pandemic.) If you have questions or need research suggestions, contact us anytime!
Free & reduced-cost legal help:
DACA Renewals and Immigration Legal Screenings: Tuesdays 12 to 4pm
Expungements: Fridays 12 to 4pm
Legal advocacy and assistance for:
- Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection
- Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
- Oregon Division of Financial Regulation
- Oregon Crime Victims Law Center
- Multnomah County District Attorney Victim Assistance Program
- Victim Rights Law Center
Immigrants and refugees
- SOAR Immigration Legal Services
- Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
- Immigration Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Legal Services
- Immigration Counseling Service
- Pueblo Unido - assistance with deportation proceedings
- Know Your Rights: Information for Immigrants and Refugees
- Basic Rights Oregon: Know Your Rights
- National Center for Transgender Equality: Know Your Rights
- Lambda Legal Oregon
- Oregon Judicial Department: Name and/or Gender Identity Change
- Changing Your Sex Identifier on Your Driver License or ID Card (Oregon DMV)
Military service members and their dependents
Native American community
People with disabilities
- Community Alliance of Tenants
- Tenant Eviction Defense, The Commons Law Center
- Oregon Law Center Eviction Defense Project
- Eviction expungements at PCC CLEAR Clinic
- Oregon State Bar Senior Law Project
- Legal Assistance for the Protection of Elder Rights, Oregon Department of Human Services
- HELPS (Help Eliminate Legal Problems for Seniors and Disabled)
- Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Civil Rights Division
- Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Wage and Hours Division
- Northwest Workers’ Justice Project
Legal research and forms:
COVID-19 related law help*
Oregon’s statewide eviction moratorium expired on June 30, 2021 and is no longer active. But help is available -- even if you receive an eviction notice. Two new laws, Senate Bill 282 and Senate Bill 278, provide important protections to help tenants. Renters are protected from nonpayment evictions if they apply for rent assistance and provide documentation of their application to their landlords. You have the right to all of these protections regardless of your citizenship status.
If you or your household receive an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent, contact 211info immediately to learn about rapid-payment rent assistance that may help you avoid eviction. Call 2.1.1 or 866.698.6155, text your zip code to 898211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You might also be able to get free legal help from the following:
Eviction Defense Project from Oregon Law Center. Call 888.585.9638 or email email@example.com.
Community Law Eviction Protection Program. Call 211 for a legal referral.
Tenant Eviction Defense from The Commons Law Center. Text or call 503.850.0811 or connect through their website.
If you are unsure of your legal rights, you can also contact the Community Alliance of Tenants Renters Rights Hotline at 503.288.0130. They are available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 1-5 pm, and Tuesdays 6-8 pm.
The most up-to-date information for renters can be found on 211info’s Multnomah County Rent Relief page.
Homeowners and landlords
The foreclosure moratorium in Oregon expired in 2021. The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation has a list of step-by-step instructions to handle mortgage issues caused by COVID-19. The Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Program can also help you avoid foreclosure, even in non-pandemic times.
Applications for the Landlord Compensation Fund have closed. Landlords with questions about in-process tenant applications should see the Landlord Guarantee Program page for more information.
Workers and employees
Oregon OSHA handles complaints on COVID-19 related requirements (such as masking in health-care settings). If you need to report hazards at a worksite, or believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of safety and health issues, you can file a complaint online or call 503.229.5910.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries has information on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers regarding sick leave, quarantine, vaccinations and more. For more information, call 971-673-0761, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or file a complaint online.
If you lost income during the pandemic, you may qualify for unemployment benefits. Contact the Oregon Employment Department for assistance by calling 833-410-1004 or filling out their contact form online.
If you are a restaurant worker whose life has been affected by the pandemic, check out this list of resources for restaurant workers compiled by the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation.
Immigrants and Refugees
The Oregon Attorney General has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for immigrants and refugees. Protecting Immigrant Families has an overview of some of the federal public programs available to support immigrants and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Call the Oregon Public Benefits Hotline at 800.520.5292 for legal advice and representation in regard to problems with government benefits.
If you have lost your job but are ineligible for Unemployment Insurance and federal stimulus relief due to your immigration status, the Oregon Worker Relief Fund may be able to help. Call 888.274.7292 to apply for a one-time temporary disaster relief.
Here is a list of low cost legal resources for immigrants in the Portland Metro area.
Beware of scams related to COVID-19! Both the Oregon Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have lists of common scams and frauds and how to avoid them. If you have a complaint about an Oregon-based business or charity, file a complaint online or call the Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 1.877.877.9392. If you want to report fraud or scam from a business or charity based outside of Oregon (or if you aren’t sure of the location), notify the Federal Trade Commission.