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Housing Resources

Eviction Legal Defense: If you are a low-income renter living within Portland city limits and:

  • Received a termination notice, or
  • Are losing your housing subsidy, or
  • Have a pending eviction case

You may be eligible for FREE legal assistance that may help prevent an eviction. Call 888/585-9638 or email evictiondefense@oregonlawcenter.org for more information.


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Rental Assistance: If you are looking for information on accessing rental assistance, you can:

Utility Assistance: There are many ways to get help if you are struggling to pay for your utilities: 

  • 211Info - Call 211 for direct assistance in finding the Utility Assistance that will work best for you.
  • Oregon Energy Fund (Formerly Heat Oregon) - (971)-386-2124 OR email info@oregonenergyfund.org.
  • Our Just Future (Formerly Human Solutions) - For Heating/Power Utility Assistance, call (503)-405-7877. For Water Utility Assistance, call (503)-548-0217.
  • Impact Northwest - You MUST call and leave a voicemail at (503)-294-7444. This is a multilingual hotline offering support for Vietnamese, Russian, English and Spanish speakers. 
  • Oregon Health and Safety Hotline - 1-800-453-5511.
  • Self Enhancement, Inc. - Call at (503)-713-5590 or book through their web portal to receive an appointment. 
  • Portland General Electric Payment Matching Service - call (800)-542-8818 Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. 
  • Pacific Power Energy Assistance - Connect with the organization that serves your county, you can find a list of those organizations here
  • Portland Water Bureau Bill Assistance Program - Call (503)-823-7770, email PWBCustomerService@portlandoregon.gov or fill out their online application to see if you qualify.

Eviction: If you are being evicted or threatened with eviction, you can:

  • Call or email the Oregon Law Center at (888) 585-9638 and evictiondefense@oregonlawcenter.org
  • Fill out this digital form from Oregon Law Center.
  • Contact PCC Clear Clinic's Eviction Legal Defense Program at (971)-722-5981.
  • Call or text The Commons Law Center at (503)-850-0811.
  • Mediation: Avoid court if possible by contacting a third-party mediator through Resolutions Northwest. Contact them at (503)-595-4890 or info@resolutionsnorthwest.org.
  • Read through this Eviction Defense Toolkit from People's Action. Though the toolkit has outdated information concerning the now-lapsed Federal Eviction Moratorium, there is valuable information.
  • Home Share Oregon - Call (503)-515-2397 or email info@homeshareoregon.org for information on finding a place to live alongside someone willing to share their home.

Eviction Expungement 

Tenants' Rights:

  • Find information and ask questions about your rights as a renter by contacting the City of Portland Rental Services Office at (503)-823-1303 or rentalservices@portlandoregon.gov. The office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 to 11:00 am and 1:00 tp 4:00 pm.
  • Visit www.OregonLawHelp.org and look over their page on landlord-tenant law.
  • Contact the Community Alliance of Tenants through their hotline at (503)-288-0130 and look through their Know Your Rights information.
  • If you are living in a manufactured or marina community, visit Oregon's Manufactured and Marina Communities Resource Center.
  • Find solidarity and support by joining the Facebook group PDX Renters Unite!
  • Portland Tenants United offers a broad spectrum of support throughout or region, if you are looking for other tenant unions in your specific community, look through the list below:
  • Habitability: You must tell your landlord in writing about necessary repairs in order to have legal protections, so send a letter or hand deliver your notice to your landlord.
  • If you are experiencing a habitability or ongoing maintenance issue, contact the Portland Neighborhood Inspections Program at (503)-823-2633.  
  • Download and look through Oregon Law Help's Renter's Handbook on Repairs.

    Culturally Specific Organizations

    United Way of the Columbia-Willamette knows that complex issues we encounter in pushing for housing stability require a cohort of connected partner organizations for the most effective and just outcome. We are happy to collaborate with and promote the work of the culturally specific organizations below.

    Africa House - Provides a “one-stop” family-focused service center with the goal of raising the visibility of the African community, highlighting community achievements, and helping the community and families achieve self-sufficiency and self-determination.

    Asian Family Center - Assists Asian families and youth in becoming self-sufficient and contributing members to the American society. Since 1994, AFC has become a visible focal point and strong network in the Asian community as well as mainstream services in supporting Asian children, young people and their families.

    Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Russian Oregon Social Services - Seeks to integrate the Russian-speaking population into metro Portland and SW Washington by providing services such as English (ESL) classes, citizenship preparation classes, community orientation, agency referrals, domestic violence services, mental health counseling, breast health education, dental care and pro-bono legal consultations.

    El Programa Hispano-Catholic Charities - Serves low-income Latino residents of metro Portland by providing emergency economic assistance, self-sufficiency activities, mental health counseling, domestic violence case management, and youth services.

    Hacienda Community Development Corporation - Develops affordable housing, healthy living, and economic development to build thriving communities in support of working Latino families and others in Oregon.

    Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) - Assists refugees, immigrants, and multi-ethnic communities in the metro Portland area to be self-sufficient, healthy, and integrate into the community at large. Focuses on a variety of social and employment services.

    Impact NW: Multicultural Senior Center - 4610 SE Belmont Call for availability 503-988-6020  Transit: Bus 15, MAX Blue

    Latino Network - Promotes social change by cultivating the power of the Latino community. Services seek to strengthen community voice, cultivate financial, educational, and leadership skills, and build trusting, supportive relationships between community members and among service organizations.

    Native American Rehabilitation Association - Provides education, physical and mental health services and substance abuse treatment that is culturally appropriate to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other vulnerable populations.

    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Promotes social justice and opportunity for all people through education, empowerment, and engagement. 

    NAYA Family Center - Enhances the diverse strengths of Native American youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.

    Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable - A group of representatives and leaders from more than 20 Native organizations promoting the use of accurate information about the Native community.

    Self Enhancement Inc. - Guides underserved African-American youth to realize their full potential. Works with schools, families and community organizations to provide opportunities for personal and academic success, bring hope to individual young people and enhance the quality of community life.

    Urban League of Portland - Empowers African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security through a combination of direct services, outreach and advocacy.

    Verde - Seeks to improve the economic health of disadvantaged communities by creating environmental job training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, fostering the connection between economic vitality and environmental protection and restoration.

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