Resources to Support BIPOC communities

This list is intended for those looking to more effectively spend their time, energy, and resources to benefit Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) through direct financial assistance and personal (re-) education on issues directly affecting BIPOC communities.

  • The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders.
  • Black United Fund of Oregon has been committed to providing financial support and life-changing programs for underserved communities and BIPOC communities in Oregon.
  • Imagine Black (formally PAALF) helps Portland’s Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve, builds our political participation, and supports leadership to achieve those alternatives.
  • IRCO’s Africa House is the only culturally and linguistically specific one stop center targeting the increasingly diverse and rapidly growing number of African immigrants and refugees living in Oregon.
  • Kairos PDX is an education nonprofit focused on transforming education through a model built on love and inclusion that elevates the voices of historically underserved children, their families and communities.
  • POIC + RAHS provides youth and adults culturally-specific education services, housing, job training, and mental health support.
  • Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) provides affordable housing and associated services that achieve family stability, self-sufficiency and resident wealth creation
  • Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) is comprehensive, one-stop resource for youth and families, primarily African Americans and others living in poverty or seeking culturally responsive services
  • Unite Oregon is led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty; they work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.
  • Urban League of Portland empowers African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.

COVID-19 Resources

For general questions about receiving services please dial 211.

COVID-19 Testing

  • OHSU has information on testing criteria and availability through their health system.

  • A flyer about COVID-19 testing from OHA can be found here.

Accessing Food, SNAP benefits, and other Basic Needs

  • Partners for A Hunger-Free Oregon: A list of food resources from how to apply for SNAP (or report a decrease in income) to food pantries to school meal replacements.

  • School Districts Offering Meals: Nearly all school districts are offering "grab and go" meals at various locations (such as schools or bus drop-off sites) to ensure that students and their families have access to food.

  • Handwashing Stations: The City of Portland has placed hygiene stations throughout the community—portable toilets and handwashing stations—so that everyone has access to this critical health tool.

  • Sick Leave: Guidance on Oregon sick leave during COVID-19.

  • Utilities: Many Oregon internet companies are offering free service; energy and telecommunications utilities are suspending service disconnections, and waiving late fees to support Oregonians impacted by COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Mortgage Relief provides financial relief to help homeowners catch up on mortgage payments. Review the eligibility requirements here.  

  • Information about the COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium.

  • Click here to learn about statewide COVID-19 tenant protections.

  • Click here for information about the Portland Security Deposit Ordinance.

  • Click here for information about the Portland Tenant Screening Ordinance (FAIR Ordinance).

Information for Youth and Parents

Information for Businesses and Employees

Behavioral Health

  • The Safe and Strong Community Care Guide is a community-built resource designed to connect individuals and families with culturally-responsive and linguistically accessible resources including mental health therapists, substance use disorder support, peer networks, faith-based programs, and more.

COVID-19 ASL Resources

Information from Multnomah County 

Information from City of Portland 

  • City of Portland: For updated information on the city's response to COVID-19.

  • Portland Parks & Rec: Updates on recreation facilities closures.

  • Portland Police Bureau: If there is an identified safety issue related to the Governor's order, the non-emergency dispatch line at (503) 823-3333 can be utilized to report order compliance.

Information from the State of Oregon

Other Resources

  • COVID-19 information in the following languages: Mixteco, Zapoteco, Maya, Nahuatl, Chatino, Purepecha, Otomi, Tlahuica, Mazahua, Matlatzinca, Ashi Añane, Huasteco, Mixe, O’dam, Triqui, Embera, Garifuna, Tseltal, Chontal, Tzotzil, y Hñähñu.

  • Domestic violence service providers have a message for survivors: “We are still here for you.” Call to Safety Crisis Line: 1-888-235-5333.

  • Self Enhancement Inc. Domestic Violence Program is a harm reduction strategy to meet the culturally specific, confidential needs of a close-knit community.

  • Talking to Abusive Men is a tool for neighbors, friends, and family in understanding the warning signs and risk factors of woman abuse. 


Relief Funds, Donations, and Volunteer Opportunities

Last updated: 2/9/21