Coronavirus: Community Resources and Information
Unite Oregon would like to inform you of the steps we are taking to prepare for coronavirus COVID-19 as the worldwide pandemic worsens, and to share resources with you about how to seek support during this time. The health of our members, our staff, and our communities is our top priority; in fact, the entire point of our organizing is to advance the health and well-being of our communities. We are taking these precautions because we know that immigrants, refugees, rural communities, and working-class folks across Oregon disproportionately lack access to high-quality, culturally-competent health care.
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Out of an abundance of caution, we will be canceling or postponing all public events scheduled between now and Thursday, April 28th, reflecting Governor Brown's decision to close Oregon schools until that date. We know this is a very fluid situation, so please stay tuned for further updates in the event that this policy changes. If you have any questions about an event, please get in touch in with the appropriate staff member - you can find their information on our staff contact page.
All of our staff will begin working remotely. We ask that if you are a partner organization and have a one-on-one or small group meeting scheduled with our staff that you make alternative call-in or video-conference options available.
We will monitor the progression of the coronavirus and adjust our plans are the conditions require. Please watch out for future announcements about our response and preparations. We urge every member of this community to be prepared. Multnomah County has published information in multiple languages. We urge you to be aware of the realities of the virus, and encourage you to share this information in your communities: COVID-19 Information in Different Languages
- Coronavirus informational flyer
- Información sobre el coronavirus
- Thông Tin Về Vi-Rút Corona
- Информация О Коронавирусе
Videos about coronavirus in multiple languages (click the specific language you want near the top of the page)
Oregon's Shelter-in-Place Order - Stay Home, Save Lives!
In the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority is asking Oregonians around the state to share information on how to stay safe and save lives. These materials may not only save a life, but also ensure hospitals have the room, supplies and staffing to care for all those who need it. Check out and download these materials from the Oregon Health Authority, and help us share them!
Some Portland-area school districts are serving meals to students while school is suspended: https://www.kptv.com/news/local-school-districts-providing-meals-for-students-during-covid-/article_46ac177a-670a-11ea-ab0d-7f992daea3fd.html
Our friends at Multnomah County's Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN Schools) Program have assembled a list of food pantries across the Portland metro area, including schools which are providing school meals and food delivery during the ongoing school closure.
If you are in southern Oregon, the ACCESS Network has an updated list of food pantries and other sites where food is being distributed across the Rogue Valley.
If you receive SNAP (food stamps) you can order groceries online from Amazon and Walmart during the coronavirus crisis.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, members of our immigrant and refugee communities may be wondering how to access health care services without violating the new public charge rule. We suggest you call the Legal Aid/Oregon Law Center Public Benefits Telephone Hotline at 1-800-520-5292 for legal advice about public benefits and public charge, or go to Oregonimmigrationresource.org to find an immigration attorney, or call the Legal Aid/Oregon Law Center Public Benefits Hotline at 1-800-520-5292 for legal advice about public benefits and Public Charge.
The Hotline will be open every Tuesday evening in March from 5:30-7:30 to answer questions about Public Charge, in addition to the regular daytime hours.
United States Citizenship and Immigrant Services has said: "USCIS encourages all those, including aliens, with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis."
Governor Kate Brown has issued an Executive Order putting a "moratorium" - a pause - on evictions for nonpayment of rent during the coronavirus emergency. That means that local courts and law enforcement agencies will not allowed to enforce evictions for failure to pay rent during the coronavirus emergency. It's important to know, though, that this does NOT apply to other kinds of for-cause evictions, such as for violating rules around the maximum number of people who can live in a home. This applies to all tenants in the state, regardless of your race, ethnicity, where you live, or your immigration status.
If you are financially able to continue paying your rent during this crisis, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you do so. But if you are unable to pay your rent as a result of the coronavirus, you have legal protections during the state of emergency. We encourage you to communicate proactively and openly with your landlord about the challenges you are facing.
Several cities and counties in Oregon have passed their own local rent or eviction "moratorium" policies, which means that in certain situations, renters can be given additional time to pay their rent during the outbreak. To be very clear: a rent moratorium does not mean you are excused from paying your rent. In many cases, you will owe back rent to your landlord at the end of the coronavirus state of emergency.
Below you will find information about different policies passed in local jurisdictions:
Multnomah County (including Portland, Gresham, Fairview, Maywood Park, Wood Village, Corbett, and Troutdale, as well as small parts of Lake Oswego and Milwaukie)
HomeForward (Housing Authority of Portland)
Child Care Emergency
For many, childcare has been a crisis, and this pandemic only highlights more urgently the scale of this crisis and the need for response. While we know the long-term systemic issues cannot be solved fully at this time, we know that when childcare is taken up in the future, we must start from this place of urgency, and approach this work clear-eyed and family-focused.
Going forward, we need long-term structural change that reflects this same sense of urgency. Policymakers are now considering the real, on-the-ground impacts of their policies (or lack thereof) — which have effectively punished working families. We need solutions that make our communities connected and cared for. Click here to add your name to a petition calling for emergency child care now.
Educational Resources for Parents and Families
Due to school closures, many educational companies and organizations are making materials available to parents and families for FREE to help support children and youth during coronavirus-related quarantines. Check out "Amazing Educational Resources," which is regularly updated with new resources!
Scholastic Learn at Home has educational materials for students from preschool to grade 9.
Layoffs and Unemployment Support
The Oregon Employment Department has issued new guidelines which means that, if you are temporarily laid off from your job due to the coronavirus crisis, you may be eligible to file for unemployment payments. Please consult the Employment Department's website for more details on how to apply, and to file an unemployment claim.
King County, Washington Public Health has published a short, multilingual comic book about previous flu (influenza) outbreaks, in order to share information with our communities on how to keep yourself safe in a pandemic. Check it out on their website!
Unite Oregon desea informarles a nuestro miembros, los pasos que estamos tomando para prepararnos para el coronavirus COVID-19 a medida que la pandemia mundial empeora. La salud de nuestros miembros, nuestro personal y nuestras comunidades es la principal prioridad de esta organización; de hecho, el objetivo de nuestro trabajo es promover la salud y el bienestar de nuestras comunidades. Estamos tomando estas precauciones, en mayor parte, porque sabemos que los inmigrantes, los refugiados, las comunidades rurales y las personas de clase obrera en Oregon carecen desproporcionadamente de acceso a una atención médica de alta calidad y culturalmente competente.
Debido a esa abundancia de precaución, vamos a cancelar o posponer todos los eventos públicos programados comenzando ahoy March 12 hasta el 28 de abril del 2020. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre un evento, comuníquese con el miembro del personal correspondiente; puede encontrar su información en la página de contacto de nuestro sitio web.
Todo nuestro personal comenzará a trabajar de forma remota. Le pedimos que si ud es parte de una organización que se asocia con nosotros y tiene una reunión individual o de grupos pequeños programada con nuestro personal, que tenga disponibles opciones alternativas de llamada o videoconferencia.
Monitorearemos la progresión del coronavirus y ajustaremos nuestros planes según las condiciones lo requieran. Esté atento a futuros anuncios sobre nuestra respuesta y preparativos. Invitamos a todos los miembros de esta comunidad a estar preparados. El condado de Multnomah ha publicado información en varios idiomas. Lo invitamos a conocer las realidades del virus y lo alentamos a compartir esta información en sus comunidades: COVID-19 Información en diferentes idiomas.
Recursos para la comunidad
- Hojas informativas sobre coronavirus en varios idiomas: https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-information-different-languages
- Videos sobre coronavirus en varios idiomas (haga clic en el idioma específico que desee en la parte superior de la página): https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
- Si tiene preguntas sobre la carga pública y el coronavirus, llame a la línea telefónica de beneficios públicos del Centro Legal de Asistencia Legal / Oregon al 1-800-520-5292 para recibir asesoramiento legal.
- Algunos distritos escolares en Portland están sirviendo comidas a los estudiantes mientras la escuela está suspendida: https://www.kptv.com/news/local-school-districts-provide-meals-for-students-during-covid-/article_46ac177a-670a -11ea-ab0d-7f992daea3fd.html
- Si habrá reuniones comunitarias sobre el virus, el Condado de Multnomah ha publicado materiales de capacitación/educación popular para ayudarlo a configurar su plan: https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-workshop-materials
La nueva regla de Carga Pública y el coronavirus
Personas inmigrantes y refugiados pueden preguntarse cómo acceder a los servicios de atención médica sin contravenir a la nueva regla de carga pública. Le sugerimos que llame a la Línea de Beneficios Públicos del Centro Legal de Ayuda Legal / Oregon al 1-800-520-5292 para obtener asesoramiento legal sobre beneficios públicos y carga pública, o vaya a Oregonimmigrationresource.org para encontrar un abogado de inmigración, o llame a la Ayuda Legal / Línea de Beneficios Públicos de Oregon Law Center al 1-800-520-5292 para obtener asesoramiento legal sobre los beneficios públicos y la carga pública.
La línea estará abierta todos los martes por la noche en marzo de 5:30-7:30 para responder preguntas sobre la carga pública, además de las horas regulares durante el día.