One of the primary roles of government is to keep people safe and informed during a time of crisis. Our political leaders must rely on medical and public health experts to tell the public what’s actually going on and what measures we should take to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe during this pandemic. For now, this means sheltering in place to save lives, social distancing (at least 6 feet apart), wearing face masks when going out in public, and regularly washing your hands.
Please consider helping others during this difficult time by donating to or signing-up to volunteer for any of the organizations listed on the City of Portland’s website.
COVID-19 PSAs & RESOURCES
You can view all of Governor Kate Brown’s recommendations and directives related to the coronavirus pandemic here.
Please stay up-to-date with the most accurate information about the coronavirus from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Oregon Health Authority so that you stay safe and healthy. There’s also local resources from the City of Portland and Multnomah County.
Employers can proactively sign-up for Work Share Oregon to cover some of their employees’ lost wages due to coronavirus-related closures.
EVICTION MORATORIUM IN MULTNOMAH COUNTY
If you can’t pay rent because of Covid-19, you need to take action by 1) notifying your landlord and 2) including proof of loss of income (e.g., pay stubs, email from your employer) due to coronavirus-related shutdown/termination. More Info & sample letters at multco.us/covid-eviction
JULIA’S COVID-19 RESPONSES:
• Adjusting to this New Normal
• How We Need to Care for Each Other During the COVID-19 Pandemic
• Together, We’ll Get Through This
We must continue to respond to this urgent crisis by: getting personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers and vulnerable populations, sheltering those who are living on the streets, getting money into the hands of people who cannot afford their back rent for whenever the eviction moratorium is raised, ensuring that people who apply for unemployment insurance and financial assistance get the money they need quickly, and supporting local businesses before they go under.
Portland is a small business town––small businesses are the primary employers in our city, and if they fail, our workers won’t have jobs to go back to when Oregon reopens. I’m committed to working with fellow city, county, and state leaders to find the resources to keep people housed and businesses afloat, while also supporting our frontline workers during this crisis.
The recovery from this crisis will be long and hard, and we need leaders ready to show up for the people of this city to make sure that everyone is taken care of as we continue the recovery process.