Multnomah County Department of County Human Services (DCHS) Vision

The DCHS North Star: In Multnomah County, every person – at every stage in life – has equitable opportunities to thrive.

Human services provide support for well-being throughout life. We all benefit when everyone can reach their potential and can fully contribute to Multnomah County.

When people and communities lack a solid foundation of social relationships, resources, and opportunities, it becomes hard to weather life’s storms. A recession or ailing parent, for instance, can be catastrophic.

In childhood, DCHS supports people by promoting positive parenting and play, pushing for high-quality education for all children, and making sure children have enough to eat in the summer months.

In adulthood, DCHS can support a young adult with a disability who wants to live in their own home but is unsure how to pay the rent, we can help someone stay in affordable homes for the long haul, and we provide safety and support for a survivor of domestic or sexual violence.  

DCHS supports seniors by doing things like helping older veterans navigate the public programs they’ve earned as part of their service, setting up a class at a senior center to keep people healthy, and protecting older or disabled people who are potentially being abused.

Public Records Requests

Under Oregon’s Public Records law (ORS 192), individuals, organizations, agencies, and businesses may request that Multnomah County provide copies or access to written documents and materials.  The request must:

  • Be in writing.
  • Include contact information.
  • Clearly state what records are sought.

Please be advised there may be a fee to cover staff time researching and retrieving the documents. You will be notified of any estimated fee and cost in advance.  Payment is required before the County will produce the records. The fee may be reduced or waived if it is determined it is in the interest of the public.

Please email Ryan Yambra (, 971-337-5705) with public records requests.