APANO is compiling key resources that you may find helpful to keep yourself, your family, and the entire community healthy and to access critical resources during these times. Remember that we are all in this together, and APANO is working to advocate for our communities to get them through this challenging. Please consult public health authorities, healthcare providers, and government agency websites for the most up-to-date information.
Asian and Pacific Islander language materials in translation: Visit this page for COVID-19 information in multiple languages.
Last updated October 28, 2020
Important information and updates:
- State of Oregon Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information
- Safe and Strong Oregon, Oregon Health Authority (available in different languages)
- COVID-19 information from Multnomah County and in different languages
- Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 health information
- COVID-19 information for immigrants and refugees, State of Oregon
- Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From AAPIs, AAPI FORCE-EF. Scroll down for information on COVID-19 in Hmong, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Cambodian, and Japanese.
- Guidance for taking care of a sick person at home, Multnomah County
- 211info.org online or call 211 by phone – general resources
- Get Help COVID Oregon, SEIU
- Washington County Community Resource Directory
- Key news updates:
- Face coverings are required statewide as of July 1. More guidance on how to use and wear masks from Multnomah County here.
- Eviction moratorium: The statewide ban on residential evictions has been extended until September 30, 2020. There is a 6 month repayment period for back rent that ends on March 31, 2021. More information from the Community Alliance of Tenants.
- Utility shutoffs: Portland-based utility providers PGE, Pacific Power, Portland Water Bureau, and Northwest Natural have suspended utility shutoffs.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance now available for sole proprietors and gig workers .
- Census: The 2020 census is still happening, and you can respond online. The self-response date is now October 31. More information at Count Us In 2020 from Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
- Real ID: The federal government has extended the deadline for Real ID past October 1.
- State Reopening Guidance as of September 24, 2020.
- Phase 2 Reopening Guidance as of September 29, 2020.
Information for workers and employers
- COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits, State of Oregon Employment Department.
- Oregon Unemployment Insurance Information: The online application may be unavailable at times. For assistance starting your application, call (877) 345-3484. Interpretation services include Mandarin and Vietnamese. You will need your work history for the past 12 months (if you have worked for a single employer) or 18 months (if you have worked for more than one employer) and your Social Security or green card number. Once you have completed the phone application, you will need to call each week to report your status. You may not hear back about your benefits but should keep claiming each week.
- COVID-19 Scenarios and Benefits Available, State of Oregon Employment Department. Easy chart to find out your options.
- Oregon Health Plan Online Application
- Wage Assistance Programs
- COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave program
- Small businesses
- COVID-19 Small Business Owners’ CARES Act Guide, APIA Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (guide translated into multiple languages and in-language assistance available)
- Responding to COVID-19: Resources for Greater Portland Businesses, Greater Portland
- Business for a Better Portland Switchboard – asks and offers to support local businesses
- COVID-19 Businesses Resources, Prosper Portland
- Oregon CARES Act for Black individuals, Black owned businesses, and Black owned non-profits
- Accessing food during the coronavirus outbreak, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
- Public school district meal information
- Accessing School at Food Sites in Multnomah County
- Where to Find School Meals During in Oregon School Closures, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
- SNAP (food stamps) online application, State of Oregon
- Food Assistance, Oregon Department of Human Services
Information for public charge
- Any kind of testing, preventive care, or treatment for COVID-19 will not impact a public charge determination. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and are in need of medical care, please contact your doctor. You should not hesitate to seek healthcare for COVID-19, even if you are subject to the public charge rule. For more information, see this USCIS guidance.
- Unemployment insurance payments and Economic Impact Payments (“stimulus checks”) do not impact public charge. More information here. Multilingual information available on our multilingual resource page.
Local support and additional resources
- Mutual aid: Ask for help – Portland area COVID-10 “Request Support Form”
- Create a Do It Yourself air filter
- People without shelter
- Mental health
- Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center (503-988-4888)
- Mental Health and COVID-19 Mental Health Information and Resources, Mental Health America
- Mental Health Services for People of Color
- Peer Counseling for Queer BIPOC
- Multnomah County Culturally Specific Behavioral Health Resources
- OHSU Low-Cost and Sliding Scale Therapy and Medication Management services (including some services in Spanish)
- Oregon Youth Line, a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line
- Domestic violence
- Call to Safety – (503) 235-5333 (Oregon domestic violence crisis line; multilingual services available)
- Staying Safe During COVID-19, National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Information on COVID-19 for Survivors, Communities, and DV/SA Programs
- Recovery: Oregon Recovery Network (state and local recovery services) and Oregon Recovers list of online recovery resources
- LGBTQIA COVID19-Related Resources: Trans People & Navigating COVID-19,
- Artists and creatives:
- Emergency Fund for Artists and Creative Workers for artists
- Artists Relief Fund for artists
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources for artists
- Help For Artists And Freelancers During The COVID-19 Pandemic resource guide
- Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center resource guide
- National Endowment for the Arts Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Fund for arts organizations
- Responding to discrimination or hate incidents: Report hate incidents to Portland United Against Hate or the Oregon Department of Justice’s online reporting or calling 1-844-924-2427.
Coalition Letters APANO signed onto
- Joint Committee on COVID-19 Response Testimony from APANO
- OCPP Coalition Led Tax and Coronavirus Sign-On Letter
- Immigrant Rights letter
- General comment letter (communities of color emphasis)
- Letter to immigration officials and ICE – Innovation Law Lab
- Business for a Better Portland – Letter to federal delegation
- General progressive sign-on letter
- Oregon Childcare Project
- Portland Clean Energy Fund community coalition – letter to City Council
Other letters of interest
- Meeting materials from March 18 committee meeting
- Energy assistance
- Doctors’ letter of public health recommendations
- Creatives of color
Donate to our COVID-19 Relief Fund.Help impacted Asian and Pacific Islander workers and families – the fund will help those who have been impacted by COVID-19 be able to afford food, medicine, childcare supplies and more.