East Multnomah County Resources for Those Affected by Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
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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.
Wood Village Baptist Church Fresh Food Market: In cooperation with OFB, operates the last Thursday of the month from 9:30-10:30am.
School Food Access Sites: This list identifies food and meal distribution at local schools including PPS, Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, and Reynolds.
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.
Meals on Wheels: This agency provides meals to vulnerable seniors.
SNAP: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides a monthly supplement for the purchase of food.
Senior and Vulnerable Shoppers: Many stores are opening early or offering special shopping hours for senior citizens and particularly vulnerable shoppers. Albertsons and Safeway stores nationwide will be open for ‘senior shopping’ on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Dollar General has asked its network of stores to reserve the first hour of operation each day for seniors and vulnerable shoppers, New Seasons stores are extending their senior discount day to all open hours and incorporating a special hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every weekday for seniors and vulnerable shoppers, Target stores will reserve the first hour of operations each Wednesday for the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, Whole Foods stores in the U.S. and Canada will serve adults ages 60 and older for one hour before opening stores to the general public. Call individual stores to verify.
Utilities and Rent
Wood Village Utility Assistance: apply for assistance with your PGE, NW Natural, or City Water bills. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Home Forward: Works with local community agencies to provide a range of services — emergency hotel vouchers, rent payment, help with eviction prevention, and help with housing placement — to people who are homeless or at risk of eviction.
211 Utility Assistance: Online database to find utility assistance programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
PGE: Portland General Electric has suspended non-payment disconnection and is urging customers to call if they need assistance with bill payment.
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.: The FCC has requested that phone companies not terminate service and waive any late fees for the next 60 days.
Charter Communication: Starting on March 16th, Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with a K-12 student or college student who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.
Comcast: Now offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
Resources for Workers
Oregon Employment Department Unemployment Claims: Website to file unemployment claims.
Oregon Workshare Program: Small businesses that have had to reduce the amount of hours employees work by 20 to 40 percent 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.
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries: Info about time off, wages, and more.
Small Business Navigator: Resources for business owners and employees (financial assistance, workforce assistance, state debt relief, and other business assistance).
Worksystems’ COVID Workforce Response Lines: 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.
Resources for Seniors
(NEW 5/14) FedEx is offering grants of $5,000 to small businesses. Applications open Monday, May 25.
(NEW 5/13) The Oregonian is offering marketing services grants of $500 to $15,000 per month for local businesses. Apply here.
Business mentorship company Supermaker is accepting applications for a $100,000 non-dilutive grant fund and mentorship program for entrepreneurs looking to start a new business. Applications are due June 15.
Pamplin Media Group is offering advertising grants. Apply here.
The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation has established an Emergency Forgivable Loan program for Native-owned small businesses. Learn more and apply here.
Worksystems has funds for companies looking to further train IT and software employees. Learn more and apply here.
Crisis Hotlines and Mental Health Services
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 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678.
Sunshine Behavioral Health: This great 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.
Sprout Therapy: this service helps families maintain their mental health during the pandemic and include assistance with challenges such as restless children, homeschooling, protecting family health, and more.