COVID-19 Community Resources
Looking for assistance and don't know where to start?
- Dial 211 or visit 211info.org – National helpline can provide information or refer you to services such as food and clothing, shelter and housing, child care, counseling & support groups, maternal health resources, job training & employment services, home health care, meal deliveries, family resource centers, and more
- Get Help COVID Oregon – One-stop shop for public benefits in Oregon. It can connect you to Unemployment Insurance, SNAP (food stamps), health coverage, child care, housing and more, and tell you what you need to apply
- Oregon Small Business Navigator – One-stop shop for small business navigating resources such as federal loans, emergency aid through federal legislation (CARES Act), grant funding sources, loan modifications and forgiveness, and more
- Oregon Public Benefits Hotline – Statewide hotline, available at 1 (800) 520-5292, provides legal advice to low-income Oregonians who are having problems with public benefits. Hours vary and you can get the current hours by calling the hotline.
- Oregon Law Center – Overview of public benefits available for low-income Oregonians
Do you need help providing food & nutrition for you and your family?
- Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon – Comprehensive overview of how to find food in Oregon during the pandemic
- Oregon Bank’s Food Finder – Enter your address and find food sites in area (available in 11 languages)
- School Meal Sites – Free grab-and-go meals available for all 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger through the extended school closure. No income requirements and no application.
- SNAP – Known as food stamps, DHS is providing extra SNAP benefits during the COVID-19 emergency
- WIC – Food, nutrition and breastfeeding support for families with kids under age 5 and for pregnant women
Have you lost your job or had reduced hours due to COVID-19?
Do you need rental assistance or have concerns about losing your housing?
Do you own a small business impacted by COVID-19?
- Lane Small Business Development Center —Free & confidential one-on-one advising for your business, help with relief & assistance options and online classes & programs to help with this current situation.
- Payroll Protection Program still has available funds. Eligible entities can take out loans at a 1% interest rate. All payments are deferred for 6 months (interest will continue to accrue) and loans will be forgiven if the business avoids employee layoffs. Find a list of Oregon lenders you can apply through here.
- Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
- Work Share –allows businesses to keep employees with reduced hours, while unemployment insurance benefits compensate for the lost wages. Benefits for March 29 through December 26, 2020 are being reimbursed by the federal government, which means they will not impact the employer’s tax rate.
Have you recently lost your health insurance?
- Oregon Health Plan – You can apply for the Oregon Health Plan at any time of the year. Enrollment is always open for OHP. Medicare and private health insurance plans have open enrollment in the fall. When it is time to renew your OHP benefits, you will receive a letter.
- Guide to job loss and health insurance coverage
- Guide to getting health care coverage in Oregon
- If you don’t have a primary care doctor and have questions about COVID-19 symptoms are care, you can call the OHSU Hotline at 833-OHSU-CCC or 833-647-8222 and they’ll help answer your questions. It’s open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Visit OHSU’s Resource Page here.
Are you worried about your or a loved one's mental health?
- The Headspace app has guided meditations and breathing exercises.The app is completely free to healthcare workers and educators. They are offering a series of guided meditations free for everyone.
- The White Bird Crisis Line will continue to be accessible 24/7 at 541-687-4000 and 1-800-422-7558. It offers humanistic, person-centered crisis intervention. For an in-person response, CAHOOTS continues to operate 24/7 at this time. Call 541-682-5111
- National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide
- Senior Loneliness Line: Hotline to provide seniors ongoing support, connect callers with resources, or just listen. Calls are confidential and their team of volunteers and staff are specially trained in working with older adults. Call 503-200-1633 or 800-282-7035
Are you not safe at home?
Are you looking for activities to keep your kids engaged?
- Virtual healthcare summer camp for high schoolers: Area Health Education is offering MedQuest summer camp online for free. High school students who are interested in the healthcare field can participate in virtual tours, podcast interviews with healthcare providers, mental health first aid, and more.
- Oregon State University Service Outdoor School has created online weekly tools for students to participate in nature learning while at home. Weekly lessons are posted with nature observations, journal prompts and activities for families or teachers to use (also available in Spanish).