Community Resources

Programs & Resources

Clothing, Housing, & Shelters

211 – For the latest information on shelters, locations, and hours call 211, text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email 211. To request severe weather gear, schedule an appointment via email.

A Home for Everyone – (503) 988-2525

All Good Northwest – Rockwood Bridge Shelter (opening to participants in March 2023) is located in Gresham and provides a transition to permanent housing.

Cold Weather Shelters – Stay updated on the opening of severe and cold weather shelter in Multnomah County.

Find Shelter – The Find Shelter tool allows you to search for information about housing, shelter, food pantries, health clinics, and clothing resources.

Human Solutions – This program plays a key role in our community’s housing safety net. They provide emergency shelter for adults and families experiencing homelessness, help folks achieve housing stability, and build new affordable apartments.

My Father’s House – (503) 492-3046

New Avenues for Youth – Dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness, focusing on young people (ages 9-25).

Portland Homeless Family Solutions – (503) 915-8306


Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter – (503) 227-0810

Share Orchards Inn – (360) 604-0907

Transition Projects Doreen’s Place Shelter – (503) 280-4664

Transition Projects Laurelwood Center Shelter – (503) 280-4776

Transition Projects Walnut Park Shelter (PDF)(503) 488-7761

Transition Projects Willamette Center Shelter – (503) 488-7750

*If you are at risk of being homeless or in need of transitional housing, HUD partners may be able to work with you on a long-term plan and connect you with resources for success. Search for a Continuum of Care resource provider on the HUD Exchange website.

Crisis Hotlines & Mental Health Services

Bienestar de la Familia – Provides a full array of culturally competent and linguistically proficient mental health services. Ofrece un conjunto completo de servicios de salud mental con competencia cultural y lingüística.

Love is Respect – This is a 24/7 confidential support line for teen and young adult domestic violence victims and survivors. Call (866) 331-9474. If you are unable to speak safely, log on to Love is Respect to live chat or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Mental Health Resources – A comprehensive list of resources available to individuals offered through Topics range from sleep to healthy eating to counseling and more.

MetroEast Community Hotline Interview

Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center – If you or someone you know is having trouble functioning, this service provides crisis intervention (503) 988-4888.

National Domestic Violence Hotline – This is a 24/7 support line for victims and survivors. Call (800) 799-7233. If you are unable to speak safely, log on to the National Domestic Violence Hotline or text START to 88788.

The 988 National Suicide Hotline – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, 24/7, confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources. Dial 988 or (800) 273-8255.

National Sexual Assault Hotline (R.A.I.N.N. Rape Abuse and Incest National Network): 24/7, free, confidential support. Call (800) 656-HOPE or Live Chat in English or en Espanol.

Oregon Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline – This hotline receives calls 24/7/365. If you know of a child that is being abused or neglected, call (855) 503-SAFE.

Sunshine Behavioral Health – This resource discusses emerging solutions to domestic violence and is updated constantly. Discussions also include teen dating violence and ways people are reaching out to teenagers to prevent domestic violence through education. There is a list of free hotlines and organizations for domestic violence victims to reach out to if needed, as well as a shelter locator.

Elemy – This service helps families maintain their mental health during the pandemic and includes assistance with challenges such as restless children, homeschooling, protecting family health, and more.

The Trevor Project – The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) young people under 25. Call (866) 488-7386 or text START to 678678.


Family Meal – Provides financial relief grants to Oregon’s food service and agricultural workers in medical crises.

Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon – Information and links to resources for food service workers.

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries – Info about time off, wages, and more.

Oregon Employment Department Unemployment Claims – Website to file unemployment claims.

Oregon Worker Relief Fund – Provides financial support directly to Oregonians who have lost their jobs yet are ineligible for Unemployment Insurance and federal stimulus relief due to their immigration status.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation – Information and links to resources that will help restaurants and workers deal most effectively with the COVID-19 emergency.

Worksystems’ COVID Workforce Response Lines (PDF) – This phone service provides general assistance for childcare, food assistance, housing, unemployment support, TriMet Low-Income Fare enrollment, job information, and how to apply for SNAP benefits.

Food Access

Bienestar de la Familia – Operates a weekly free Mercado on the first and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The Bienestar Mercado located in the parking lot of the Ortiz Community Center – 6736 NE Killingsworth St. Portland OR 97218. Organiza un mercado gratuito semanal el primer y tercer miércoles del mes. Visite el mercado de Bienestar ubicado en el estacionamiento del Centro Comunitario Ortiz en 6736 NE Killingsworth St. Portland OR 97218.

East County Food Pantry at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church – Free food boxes every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Find Shelter – The Find Shelter tool allows you to search for information about housing, shelter, food pantries, health clinics, and clothing resources.

Meals on Wheels – This agency provides meals to vulnerable seniors.

Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) – Apply for food, cash, and other assistance from home during Oregon’s two-week freeze.

Oregon Food Bank Statewide Food Finder – Type in your zip code to access free groceries, meals, produce, and other food access programs in your area.

School Food Access Sites – Apply for free student breakfast and lunch at local schools including PPS, Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, and Reynolds.

SNAP – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides a monthly supplement for the purchase of food. Emergency SNAP benefits will be ending in February 2023. Recipients will continue to receive their regular SNAP benefits. Learn more at the Department of Oregon website.

SnowCap Food Pantry – SnowCap is the largest food pantry in Oregon and is distributing pre-packed boxes of food and fresh/frozen food as it is available. Food items are being distributed outside of the front doors.

SUN School Food Pantries – This list identifies schools in the Greater Portland area that provide families 3 to 5 days of nutritious food for weekend, evening and other non-school days.

Wood Village Baptist Church Fresh Food Market – In cooperation with OFB, operates the last Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30am.

Grants & Forgivable Loans

Business Oregon – Identifies a list of grants for small businesses and communities.

FedEx – Offers grants of $50,000 to small businesses. Future contests will be announced on the FedEx website.

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation –  A Small Business Loan program for Native-owned small businesses.

Prosper Portland – Offers a Local Small Business Repairs grant up to $10,000 for businesses with a City of Portland Business License in need of emergency repairs, such as broken windows or doors, graffiti, or sign damage. Offers a Prosperity Investment Program (PIP), a matching grant that assists businesses and property owners to make tenant improvements, and small and large scale improvements to new and existing buildings within certain Portland areas.

Small Business & Microenterprise Grant (SMBA) – The CDBG-CV Statewide Emergency Small Business & Microenterprise Grant Program is intended to help businesses remain solvent and able to retain/create low- and moderate-income jobs. Application period January 23, 2023 at 8 a.m. until January 27, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Student Loan Forgiveness — One-time federal student loan forgiveness. Applications due by December 31, 2023. (Federal Student Aid website Español/Spanish)

Worksystems – Funds for companies looking to further train IT and software employees.


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – Provides housing counseling/advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues.

HUD – Offers resources for mortgage relief (forbearance)

Making Home Affordable (MHA) Program – Help homeowners avoid foreclosure and provide resources to lower the monthly mortgage payments and get into more stable loans at today’s low rates.

Resident-Owned Communities (Co-Op) – This model of ownership helps individuals and families gain long-term housing security. 

Jobs & Career Training

Cultivate Initiatives – Connects houseless neighbors with local job and training opportunities at a dignified wage.

Multnomah County Library – Offers free resume review, one-on-one job counseling, and access to resources like LinkedIn Learning. Email your resume to Multnomah County Library for a free consultation.

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services​ – Provides services to any Oregonian with a disability who is having difficulty getting or keeping a job because of disability-related barriers.​​

Worksource Portland Metro – Helps job seekers make career plans, become more employable, improve job search skills, and find work.


Black & Beyond the Binary Collective – Networking and social services for LGBTQ+ African Americans.

Bridge 13 – Provides educational workshops on the concerns/needs and joy/celebrations of LGBTQIA2S+ communities, with particular focus on how to better serve, support, and affirm LGBTQIA2S+ youth and individuals.

Hand Up Project – Emergency food pantry catered to the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.

Marsha’s Folx Program – Advocacy and services for LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence.

Outside In – Medical care, housing, and community resources for LGBTQ+ youth ages 16-24.

The Living Room – Peer support, events, and more for LGBTQ+ youth.

Rose Haven – Day shelter and community center for women, children and gender non-conforming folks experiencing trauma, poverty, and physical/mental health challenges.

SMYRC – Events, counseling, school support, and more for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-23.

Q Center – Senior and peer support services and resource referrals for LGBTQ+ community members.

Public Health


CDC COVID-19: Helping Children Cope

COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits

Cultivate Initiatives – Focuses on meeting basic needs, providing preventative care, and educating our community on healthy living. Provides health screenings, COVID-19 screenings, wound care, and other nursing services along with the Mobile Shower and Hygiene Response.

Find a Covid Vaccine Near You

Healthcare Marketplace — Health insurance marketplace through the federal government. Resources for Healthcare Marketplace in multiple languages. (Healthcare Marketplace Español/Spanish)

Multnomah County COVID-19 Page

Multnomah County Student Health Centers – Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. They offer comprehensive primary and mental health care services to all Multnomah County youth ages 5-18. There are no out-of-pocket costs.

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Page

Oregon Health Care — Offers details on Oregon healthcare plans for OHP Medicaid, tribal members, veterans, seniors, and others. Provides healthcare hotlines in multiple languages. Current Open Enrollment for 2023: November 1, 2022 to January 15, 2023. Enroll by December 15, 2022, for coverage that starts January 1, 2023.


ArrayRX – Oregon’s prescription drug discount card. With the card, you may save up to 80% on generic drugs and up to 20% off brand-name drugs. The discount card is free and available to any resident in the state of Oregon.


Adult Protective Services – Offers help to protect seniors (older people), and people with disabilities from abuse and neglect. Call (503) 988-4450 for the main office or (503) 988-3646 after hours.

Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon – Connects to local information and services for seniors and people with disabilities. 1-855-673-2372

Coronavirus Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers

COVID-19 for Older Adults – Learn more about the latest tips and advice from the NCOA

Financial Scams for Older Adults – Learn about the top 5 financial scams targeting older adults

Home Improvement Assistance for Seniors

Multnomah County Department of Aging Disability & Veterans Services – Offers 24/7 information and assistance to seniors (older people), people with disabilities, and caregivers. Call (503) 988-3646 or email

National Council on Aging – Get the information and tools you need to manage your money, maintain your health, and improve your life.

Seniors and Debt – Learn how you can manage your debt and tap into resources to save money on the basic costs of living from the NCOA

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance — Offers assistance through the Medicare process to seniors (Español/Spanish)  (Русский/Russian) Available in other languages.

Small Businesses

Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon – Information and links to resources, including grants, for restaurant owners.

Mercy Corps NW – Business training, mentorship, loans, and grants.

Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center – Business workshops, training, and access to resources.

Multnomah County COVID-19 Guidance – Includes by business type.

Oregon Workshare Program – Small businesses that have had to reduce the amount of hours employees work by 20 to 40% may be eligible to participate in the Workshare program. This program enables employees to receive unemployment benefits while they are still working under reduced hours.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation – Information and links to resources that will help restaurants and workers deal most effectively with the COVID-19 emergency.

SBA PPP Relief – Eligible borrowers may qualify for Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness.

SBA Express Bridge Loan – Enables small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly

Small Business Navigator – Resources for business owners and employees (financial assistance, workforce assistance, state debt relief, and other business assistance).

Work Share Oregon – Program allows employers to leverage unemployment insurance (UI) to subsidize a portion of lost wages for employees whose work time is reduced.


Wood Village Opportunity Scholarship – This program offers Wood Village high school seniors or GED graduates a $1,250 scholarship, plus a stipend for necessary materials and supplies. Applications are open May 1st - June 30th each year.

East County Bridges – Provides individualized and culturally-appropriate resources and educational opportunities to ensure all East County students have the supports they need to complete high school or GED program to set and achieve long-term goals

FAFSA – Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Multnomah County Student Health Centers – Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. They offer comprehensive primary and mental health care services to all Multnomah County youth ages 5-18. There are no out-of-pocket costs.

MHCC Scholarships – One online application to apply for more than 150 scholarships. Apply August 1 through October 13 for the Secondary Application period.

ORSA – Oregon residents who have undocumented status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and/or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) should submit the ORSAA to apply for financial aid.

Oregon Student Aid – Current or future Oregon students can apply here for grants and scholarships, get help completing financial aid applications, and learn about preparing for college, training, and careers.

Student Loan Forgiveness – Information on current and available student loan forgiveness programs.

Utilities & Rent

211 Utility Assistance – Online database to find utility assistance programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Affordable Connectivity Program – A federal program that helps many low income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices, decreasing your bill by up to $30 per month, or up to $75 per month off your bill if you reside on qualifying Tribal lands.

Bienestar de la Familia – Connects you with services to help with your PGE, PPL, NW Natural Gas or oil bill. Podemos conectarlo con los servicios para ayudar con su factura de PGE, PPL, NW Natural o con su factura de combustible.

COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) – A Bienstar de la Familia program that provides rent assistance to prevent households from experiencing evictions and homelessness due to the financial and health impacts of COVID-19. El Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia para el Alquiler (Emergency Rent Assistance Program, ERAP) por COVID-19 ofrece asistencia para pagar el alquiler para evitar que las familias sufran desalojos o falta de hogar debido a los impactos financieros y en la salud del COVID-19.

Comcast – Offering Internet Essentials service to qualified low-income households for $9.95 per month. The company also opened its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them; visit the Xfinity Wifi page for a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots.

Farmworker Housing Assistance – ODHC is providing rent and utility assistance to underserved communities, including the Hispanic/Latinx community and Agricultural workers living in Oregon.

Home Forward – Works with local community agencies to provide a range of services like emergency hotel vouchers, rent payment, help with eviction prevention, and help with housing placement — to people who are homeless or at risk of eviction.

Lifeline Program – A federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service.

Mortgage Relief Program – OHSI is helping Oregon homeowners who are struggling to make their mortgage payments. Learn more about and apply for the Oregon Homeowner Assistance Fund Oregon Homeowner Help website.

Oregon Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) – CAT is Oregon’s only statewide, grassroots, tenant-controlled, tenant-rights organization that educates, organizes, and develops the leadership of low-income tenants to demand safe, stable, and affordable rental homes.

PGE – Portland General Electric offers financial assistance, including an Income-Qualified Bill Discount of up to 25% off your energy use for qualified applicants.

Weatherization – Multnomah County Weatherization Program can save you money on your energy bill and improve your indoor air quality. Our free services are available for people with limited incomes. Cost-effective measures may include: Ceiling, wall and floor insulation; Furnace inspection; Heating duct improvements; Air sealing; Ventilation; Energy education.

Ziply – Households eligible for the American Connectivity Plan (ACP) can receive up to $30 off their monthly internet bill – and up to $75 off for eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands.