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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Accommodations Fund

The Office of Equity and Human Rights has asked our office to administer the Accommodations Fund for the Fiscal Year 2018-19. 

The Accommodations Fund will be accessible to Civic Life programs and partner agencies, with a primary focus on the community for the first 6 months. The funds are available for accommodations in fiscal year 2018-2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).

Requests will be reviewed, and a decision of approval or denial will be made within two weeks of the request.  At the time of approval, it will be determined how the requestor would like to be paid. Payment will primarily be processed as a reimbursement through SAP to vendors with the City.  If a requester’s organization is not a vendor with the City, they will either need to become a vendor or ask another organization who is (ex: neighborhood coalition) to accept the reimbursement on their behalf.  If the requestor uses a vendor that is already registered with the City, we can submit a payment to them directly with a proper invoice. Payments will be processed within a month after the invoice is received.

 All requests must be made by April 30th, 2019 and all invoices must be submitted by May 31st, 2019. Invoices must be made out to Office of Community & Civic Life or the City of Portland.


  • translation of approved documents
  • simultaneous interpretation at approved programs or events
  • purchase of interpretation equipment
  • public transportation to and from approved programs or events
  • child care costs and/or supplies for approved programs or events
  • difference in cost, for rental of accessible spaces for programs/events from other location previously booked that is inaccessible
  • personal aide, when necessary to attend a Civic Life program or event, or partner agency program or event
  • equipment necessary to access a Civic Life program or event, or partner agency program or event
  • other approved accommodations may be made


This is not meant to fulfill all accommodation expenses or used in lieu of fulfilling legally required accommodations by other City bureaus or agencies.  Workplace accommodations, capital improvement projects, or personal accommodations are not eligible to use this fund. 

Submitting a request does not guarantee funding.

 For questions, please contact Mary Hartshorn at 503-823-6033 or

Commonly Used City Vendors:  IRCO, AlmaLuna, Passport to Languages, Signing Resources & Interpreters, Translation Solutions, PKS International 

Accommodations Fund Request Form

Please click here to apply for accommodations. Please note that you will have to log in with a account to fill out this form. If you do not have one, please create one.