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City's Response to COVID-19

The City of Portland is taking steps to ensure everyone's safety.

These are unprecedented times and we need to take care of ourselves and our community. While our State and the rest of the Nation is encouraged to practice social distancing, there are a lot of incredible acts of kindness and resources available, reminding us that even if we are not physically close, we are a tight community. Here is a brief list of local resources: 

Multnomah County is the lead on public health in our community. Their website includes: Disability Rights Oregon's physical office is currently closed but their intake phone lines and staff phone lines will remain open during business hours. You can request help here.

Mayor Ted Wheeler's website contains the most current information about the City's response. Here are some important measures Mayor Wheeler's office has announced in the past week:
  • Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Mayor Wheeler announced on Tuesday a freeze on residential evictions and the expansion of a shelter system to support people experiencing homelessness. Read more here>>
  • The City of Portland has placed hygiene stations throughout the community—portable toilets and handwashing stations—so that everyone has access to this critical health tool. You can find a map of the stations here as well as a complete list of locations here.
  • During the State of Emergency, water service will not be disconnected for non-payment of sewer/stormwater/water bills.
  • The City will convene a COVID-19 Economic Impact Task Force to generate ideas for a stimulus package to help small and large businesses recoup losses from cancelled events and loss of business. 
  • The City is assisting shelter providers with keeping winter shelters open so they don't lose capacity as we work to give each person in a shelter more space and is providing motel vouchers for very vulnerable people.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's website has a blog post about the work her office is doing during this State of Emergency. You can read it here>>

Lastly, while City Hall is currently closed to the public, Council will continue its weekly Wednesday council sessions remotely via teleconference These meetings are available to the public on the City of Portland's YouTube Channel, eGov PDX, and Channel 30. You can find Council agendas here>> Please note, that currently public communications items are postponed and public testimony will be accepted in writing at

Working online and by phone: no walk-ins

All Civic Life staff are working remotely, while one team, Information and Referral, continues to work onsite. We will to keep you up to date on our programs as things change.

No new liquor licenses
Until further notice, the Liquor Licensing Program will not be accepting applications for any liquor licenses (temporary or annual) and the processing of liquor license applications will be severely delayed. For questions, call 503-823-4520 or email The voicemail and inbox will be checked regularly by staff that are working remotely.
Submit Noise Forms Online Only
The Noise Program will continue to process
noise variance applications and noise complaints online.
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The 2020 Census

Don't let your 2020 Census mailer go unopened!

In the wake of this current State of Emergency, it is hard to think about anything else but the current events around COVID-19, but we urge you to consider how important an accurate Census count will be for Oregon. 

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census from the comfort of your own home: online, returning the paper questionnaire by mail, or calling in your answers. If you choose to respond by phone, the the U.S. Census Bureau has a phone line in English an 12 other languages. Find the phone number for your preferred language here>>

Find out more about the Census and its impact on Oregon here>>
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Online Events Calendar


Visit our online calendar to find information regarding community and neighborhood events. 

If you have an event you would like to be considered for the calendar or if you have an image you would like to share of a recent event, please contact us at

Visit Civic Life calendar here.

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Bureau Advisory Committee

BAC supports Civic Life by providing the bureau director guidance on the effective use of Civic Life resources as it relates to its overall strategic aim and racial equity plan. The next two BAC public meetings are:

CANCELLED: March 18, 5:30pm*
May 20, 5:30pm*

*NEW LOCATION for the meetings: Kelly Penumbra Building, 4747 E Burnside

You can find the
meeting calendar here.
Office of Community & Civic Life
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Portland, Oregon 97204
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