Coronavirus Emergency Assistance Available For Oregon Renters
If you live in Oregon and have had a hard time making the rent, you're in luck!
Oregonians can submit applications to the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program if they've experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic.
Oregon Housing and Community Services have $204 million earmarked for renters who are at risk of homelessness.
The program funds will be used for rent, rent arrears, future rent, and some home utility costs.
Your application will be reviewed, and relief resources will be given if you meet the eligibility requirements.
According to a news release issued from Oregon Housing and Community Services:
- have income less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI);
- have an individual in the household who has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic;
- demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to past-due rent or utilities.
Households with income of less than the Area Median Income (AMI) and households with one or more members that have been unemployed for at least 90 days will be given priority.
“The public health emergency underscores for all of us the critical importance that a safe, stable, affordable home free of discrimination plays to our health and well-being,” said Andrea Bell, Director of Housing Stabilization at OHCS. “I’m grateful we and our many community partners have taken intentional steps to direct resources towards intentionally investing in eviction prevention and long-term stability to help relieve some of the financial burden Oregonians have faced during this pandemic.”
All Oregonians are welcome to apply for emergency assistance until 2022 or until the funds run out.
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