Struggling Renters Urged To Apply For Rental Assistance Now

Jul 16, 2021

The Governor’s office sent out an urgent message to Oregon renters in the rears due to the pandemic: If you need rental assistance—apply for it now.

Oregonians who are behind on rent due to the pandemic are urged to apply for rental and utility assistance immediately,
Credit Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Calling housing “a basic human right,” Governor Kate Brown said the thousands who have lost jobs and fallen behind on their rent during the pandemic should apply immediately for help or be at risk of eviction.

Even though Oregon’s residential eviction moratorium has expired, qualified residents can apply through the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help pay current and future rent. Brown announced historic amounts of funding is available.  

Governor Kate Brown encourages renters to apply for assistance if they need help with past or current rent due to job loss or other fallout from the pandemic.
Credit Oregon Housing and Community Services

In May, Brown signed a bill that gives renters until the end of February, 2022 to repay all rent accrued between April 2020 and June 30, 2021. The governor also approved a 60-day “safe harbor period from eviction” for nonpayment of rent to tenants who prove they have already applied for rental assistance. In Multnomah County, the safe harbor period is 90-days.

Anyone who has begun an application should submit it right away. Assistance is open to all eligible renters, regardless of immigration status. Applications can be found at OregonRentalAssistance.org.