Covid-19 Resources

RTWC is committed to ensuring our most vulnerable neighbors have the ability to shelter in place safely. Covid-19 has changed so much that our needs for ourselves and our community are changing constantly. We have listed several of the resources available for Washington County residents below; if you are struggling to find what you need or if you would like to add additional resources, please email us at [email protected].  

About the virus

Novel coronavirus is a virus strain that has only spread to people since December 2019. Also referred to as COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease 2019), experts are working hard to understand the disease and how it spreads. There is no vaccine or treatment at this time. We are learning more every day about how the virus spreads. It spreads mainly from close contact with an infected person via droplets released by coughs and sneezes. New evidence suggests that the virus can spread before symptoms are present. It is also possible to get sick by touching an infected surface then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

COVID-19 Status in Washington County, OR Washington County provides a data on the changes in the virus in the county, tri-met region, and the state. Tips for how to protect yourself as well as other helpful information. 

Oregon Testing Information in English (en Español) – Testing my require that you meet certain criteria and sites may be closed due to air quality. It is recommended that you call testing sites before you go. OHA maintains a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help understand the process. 

Food / Nutrition

Washington County Food Resources List – The county maintains a list of organizations supporting improved access to food. Resources include, pantries, school district resources, shopping hours for vulnerable populations; and other countrywide services.

Oregon Food Finder – The Oregon Food Bank maintains a map for you to search for food resources close to your home.

Free Food Markets – Markets open to anyone regardless of where you live, and offer fruits, vegetables, and non-perishable food.

Pet Food – visit The Pongo FundFido or Washington County Animal Services.

Shelter and Housing Services

Community Connect – Community Connect is a coordinated entry system that helps people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness to find housing resources in Washington County.  Call 503.640.3263 to fin a service program that best supports the needs of you and your household. -211info connects people with health and social service organizations. It has expanded to include enhanced information & referral and assistance programs that target specific services.

Washington County, OR – The Department of Housing Services provides rental assistance and affordable rental opportunities to low income families throughout Washington County.

Proud Ground – Proud Ground became the first city-wide entity to provide permanently affordable homeownership opportunities and since has expanded to five counties – Clackamas, Clark, Lincoln, Multnomah, and Washington.

African American Alliance for Homeownership – 501(c)3 organization, and a HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency provide information on resources to help purchase and  preserve their home.


Utility Company Assistance Program – Utility companies offer low income families, seniors, disabled and struggling customers various energy bill assistance programs in an effort to help them prevent a disconnection.

Low cost or free internet – There are free government Internet service programs for low income families, students, and households living in or near poverty.

Community Action – Community Action is currently offering utility assistance with electricity, natural gas, bulk heating fuel, water/sewer/waste water, and garbage service accounts.

Additional Resources

Childcare assistance – The Employment-Related Day Care program (ERDC) helps eligible low-income families pay for child care while they are working.

Furniture – Qualifying individuals and families are eligible to receive furniture if needed.