Worker Relief Fund FAQ
The Oregon Worker Relief Fund provides temporary financial relief to those who have lost wages in Oregon to COVID-19 and are ineligible for financial assistance from the federal and state programs due to their immigration status.
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.
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.
The aid can be distributed electronically and through other secure methods.
Additional information will be posted soon on how to make an application. Sign up to receive updates.
Based on estimates by the Oregon Center for Public Policy, we anticipate a need in Oregon of approximately $124 million.
The Oregon Worker Relief Fund and the Quarantine Fund are related funds. They are both administered by the Oregon Worker Relief Coalition. The Oregon Worker Relief Fund (OWRF) provides temporary aid to undocumented immigrants who lost their wage because of the pandemic. The Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund (OWQF) provides temporary aid to agricultural workers who undertake self-quarantining while seeking medical assistance because of a possible COVID-19 exposure. Click here to learn more about the Quarantine Fund!