Oregon Tradeswomen is acutely aware of how the COVID-19 pandemic has creating hardship for Oregon’s workforce. We are sharing resources to assist with some of the key issues, including accessing unemployment benefits, mental health resources, financial assistance resources, and other resources as they come to our attention:
Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center
If you or somebody you know is struggling with their mental health, seek help by calling the Mental Health Call Center at 503.988.4888. Their team of mental health professionals is prepared to help anyone experiencing mental health issues at any time, in any language.
Hearing-impaired dial: 711
Crisis lines in other areas:
Clackamas County: 503.655.8585
Clark County: 360.696.9560 or 1.800.686.8137
Washington County: 503.291.9111
Worksystems Webinars on Accessing Resources
Worksystems is now hosting daily webinars at 2:00 pm for workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Visit worksystems.org to sign up for the free webinars.
Oregon Unemployment Benefits
If you have been laid off or fear you will be, you can check to see if you qualify for Unemployment Benefits. Temporary rule changes have been put in place to make it easier to apply for and receive unemployment benefits during the current statewide emergency. All rule changes are back-dated to March 8, 2020 when the statewide emergency was originally declared.
For more information and to see if you qualify, visit the State of Oregon’s website.
To file a claim and/or estimate your benefits, visit the State of Oregon unemployment page.
Oregon Department of Human Services
Temporary changes to Self-Sufficiency programs (SSP), including SNAP. Download the .pdf
Get Help COVID Oregon
An Oregon-specific resource page, gethelpcovidoregon.org can help you access unemployment benefits, food, health care, housing, and child care.
Portland Corona Virus Mutual Aid Fund
The Portland Coronoa Virus Mutual Aid Fund will raise money to support those impacted by COVID-19 through a loss of work or for health costs. Anyone can directly submit a request. All expenditures are transparent yet anonymous. To request support or make a donation, please visit Open Collective online.
Facebook: Follow the PDX COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund on Facebook
Job Site Safety Practices Checklist
The Oregon Home Builders Association published a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Practices On-site Checklist, and recommends reviewing the checklist daily!
Resources for Construction Workers Regarding COVID-19 Safe Working Conditions:
- North America Building Trades Unions (NABTU) guidance
- AGC Jobsite Guidance
- AGC COVID-19 Jobsite Work Plan
- IBEW Local 48/NECA Guidance
- Oregon State Building & Construction Trades Council Response to NAMC-MCIP
- Some guidance from our friends up North in British Columbia
211: Get Connected – Get Help
211 Resource page for COVID-19 Pandemic
211 is a free and confidential referral/information helpline and website connecting people of all ages and from all communities to essential health and human services , 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dial 211 on any phone or go online to 211.org
Dialing “211” provides a shortcut through what can be a maze of agencies and phone numbers. Simply dial 211, for assistance with a referral to appropriate agencies and community organizations. 211 helps direct callers to services for, among others, the elderly, the disabled, those who do not speak English, those with a personal crisis, those with limited reading skills, and those who are new to their communities.