The City of Beaverton is doing its part to maintain health and safety in response to this unprecedented and rapidly changing situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Mar. 13, I declared a State of Emergency to ensure we have the proper resources and authority to respond when needed. Though city buildings are closed, we have maintained essential services (including police, utility, and building services), and changed our business operations to provide remote service by phone and online.
We continue to look for new ways to support our residents and care for our most vulnerable community members. Beaverton was one of the first cities to pass a residential evictions moratorium. We expanded our Severe Weather Shelter to be operational every day of the week through the end of May to serve those experiencing homelessness. We suspended water shut-offs, halted library fines and maintained specialty court services for those in recovery.
Beaverton won’t leave our small and local businesses behind. We launched our Emergency Small Business Program which provided $250,000 in grants to eligible businesses for rental or mortgage payments and assisted 120 businesses in its initial round. We continue to connect businesses to federal programs and other resources with dedicated webpage at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/economicdevelopment.
The city is committed to continue on and find ways to get ahead of this situation. We, as a community, will get through this and will be stronger as a result.