Links to assistance

District 32 Representative Tiffiny Mitchell has provided some useful links for people who need help as Oregon struggles to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Filing an Initial Unemployment Claim

You can apply for an initial unemployment claim using the online claim system here. Go to this website for help. On the left side, are links to step-by-step application guides/videos, the Unemployed Worker Handbook, FAQs, and online applications for regular unemployment benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). 

Restarting Your Unemployment Claim

If your employment is affected by the “freeze” and you had a claim that has since closed, you can restart your unemployment claim using the online claim system here (it’s the 8th button down). If you have any issues restarting your claim the fastest way to get a response is to use the “contact us” form: and check the Restarting my claim option if you are unable to restart it online . For longer term or more complicated issues, please email our office at and we will do whatever we can to help resolve your issue.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Expires December 26th

Unfortunately, unless there is another stimulus bill in the lame duck session, PUA is set to expire December 26th. You will still be paid for benefits you are eligible for, even if it is not processed until after that date, but if you are only eligible for PUA, you will not be eligible for any benefits for weeks after that date. This applies to anyone who would not have otherwise been eligible for UI, for example if you are an independent contractor or self-employed.

Assistance for Individuals and Families

Food Assistance

Apply for SNAP benefits here.

Find Food Banks and pantries here

Apply for WIC here

Meals on Wheels People – For Homebound Seniors

Rental Assistance

You can go to this website to see where in your area you can apply for rental assistance. 

Energy Assistance

You can go to this website to see where in your area you can apply for energy assistance. 

Healthcare Coverage

The Oregon Health Plan is available at anytime. Individuals can learn more about their eligibility and what benefits might be available here.

Mental Health Resources

The Oregon Health Authority shared this list of things you can do to take care of your mental health during this difficult time. Additional resources are available here.

  • The Crisis Text Line: text TALK to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK.

Workforce and Housing Resources

Domestic Violence Resources

list of resources is available on the Oregon Department of Justice website. Additionally, here is a list of crisis lines:

Community Support Organizations 

Toys for Tots

Clatsop Holiday Closet 

Coastal Community: COVID Reach-out

Neighbor Share Closet

Knappa Community Helping Hands

Buy Nothing Project


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