Why do we need a special fund for the Oregon immigrant community?

Unlike others who lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19, many immigrants were excluded from any federal aid, unemployment, and other safety-net programs, in spite of paying billions of dollars in local, state and federal taxes annually.

The Oregon Worker Relief Fund fills a critical gap. The fund will support the community statewide.

Who is eligible?

Any Oregonian, 18 years of age or older, who lost their wage because of the COVID-19 pandemic and is excluded from the federal safety-net because of immigration status should apply when the fund opens. 

How will the cash be distributed?

The aid can be distributed electronically and through other secure methods.

How do I apply for OWRF assistance or refer a person to apply?

Additional information will be posted soon on how to make an application. Sign up to receive updates.

How great is the need in Oregon?

Based on estimates by the Oregon Center for Public Policy, we anticipate a need in Oregon of approximately $124 million.