Administration

Office of the Governor
State of Oregon

GUIDANCE ON EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-12

RELATING TO OREGONIANS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING SERVICES TO LOW-INCOME OREGONIANS

March 27, 2020

Governor Brown is issuing the following guidance regarding Executive Order 20-12, which directs Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives” in response to the coronavirus state of emergency. This guidance provides further information for programs that provide for the basic human needs of low- and extremely low-income households, as well as individuals experiencing homelessness and housing instability.   

Social Service Agencies. Social service agencies providing for basic food, water, shelter, and hygiene needs of any person who is unable to meet those same needs without
        the service provider should remain open, whenever possible, and use social distancing guidelines provided by the Oregon Health Authority.

Shelter Providers. Shelter providers are not expected to keep shelter residents from interacting within shelters or from leaving shelters, but should encourage residents to limit
        unnecessary travel and to practice social distancing guidelines.

Persons Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness. Individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness should not be subject to enforcement of the directives of Executive
        Order 20-12 merely because they are in public and unable to “stay at home.”​

This guidance is consistent with the following information, previously provided by the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services: 

OHA COVID-19 Interim Shelter Guidance (March 9, 2020)

OHA and DHS Recommendations for Unsheltered Homelessness (March 11, 2020)​