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.
You are eligible to apply for temporary financial assistance through the Relief Fund if:
- You live in Oregon
- You are 18 years of age or older
- You lost wages because of the COVID-19 pandemic
- You are not eligible for other assistance programs because of your immigration status
- You have never applied to the Relief Fund
- OR you have applied before and been denied, but your circumstances have changed
- OR you have applied and received cash relief once before.
If your application is approved, you can receive between $625 and $2,500 depending on your situation.
To start your application, call 1-888-274-7292.
You will need to provide a valid form of identification. Your ID can be from outside the United States. When you apply, a trained staff member will make sure you have a form of ID that meets the requirements. If you don’t have a valid form of ID, staff will advise you on your next steps.
The fund will reopen on August 31, 2022. You will be able to start your application on and after that date. Sign up to receive email and text updates.
Yes, if you still meet the eligibility requirements you can apply again. At this time, eligible Oregonians can receive an award from the Relief Fund up to two times.
You will receive a text message notifying you that your application has been approved. You will receive another text message notifying you when your cash is on its way.
Our team will work with you to find a convenient, secure way to get you the cash assistance. This will vary depending on your situation.
Yes, we have interpreters available in many languages, including some Indigenous languages, who will help you apply.
Unlike others who lost work 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 supports undocumented immigrants statewide who have been excluded from COVID relief programs but continue to struggle in an unpredictable economy where they face disproportionate economic impacts.
You can learn more about the positive impact of Oregon Worker Relief by reading our report, Narrowing The Gap.