Food, housing and health care

Housing

IMPORTANT UPDATE!
The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) has paused accepting new applications for six weeks as of December 1. The state has used nearly all the available federal funds for rental assistance, and will be advocating for more funding in the coming weeks.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you have already completed and submitted your application, it will be processed as soon as possible.

  • Remember, Oregon has safe harbor rules in place that means you can’t be evicted for 60 days (or 90 days in Multnomah County and unincorporated Washington County) if you show your landlord proof you have applied for any emergency rental assistance program.

  • If you missed the deadline, there are many other rental and utility assistance programs available.

Visit oregonrentalassistance.org/additional-assistance for a full list or call 211.

EVICTION MORATORIUM FOR RENTERS HAS EXPIRED
The statewide eviction moratorium signed by Governor Kate Brown and put in place in early 2020 to provide relief to renters who lost their job or income because of COVID-19 ended on June 30, 2021. As of July 1, renters need to pay rent each month to avoid being evicted. For renters who owe rent they didn’t pay between April 1 and June 30, 2021, those debts will be due on February 28, 2022.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE
The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) can help pause an eviction and help you stay in your home a while longer. If you apply for rental assistance and provide documentation to your landlord, this will pause evictions for 60 days from the time your landlord received documentation (90 days in Multnomah County).

The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program website provides a variety of materials including videos about the program, downloadable tenant checklists and other helpful documents, including how to notify your landlord that you’ve applied for assistance. Assistance provided is not a loan. In most cases, approved applications will result in payments made directly to landlords and utility providers. Learn more at http://www.oregonrentalassistance.org

If you have received an eviction notice, or need immediate housing help, call 2-1-1 or visit 211info.org

LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program cannot provide legal advice. If you have received an eviction notice, talk with a lawyer as soon as you can. Free or low-cost legal services are available:

If you live in Multnomah County, visit www.OregonRentersRights.org to learn more about the Multnomah County eviction moratorium.

If you have received a court summons for eviction, call the Oregon Law Center’s Eviction Defense Project line at: 888-585-9638. You can also find more information from the Oregon Law Center in English by clicking here with more languages coming soon.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon guidance on COVID-19 emergency protections

Community Alliance of Tenants (English & Spanish)

Renter’s Rights Hotline (available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m.) 503-288-0130 / hotline@oregoncat.org.