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COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance

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Find state and local resources for rent relief for tenants and support for landlords. Funding from these programs aim to prevent households from experiencing evictions and homelessness due to the financial and health impacts of COVID-19.

Current Protections for COVID‑19 Rent and Rent Arrears

Oregon’s statewide eviction moratorium expired June 30, 2021. The obligation to resume monthly rent payments resumed on July 1, 2021.

Renters do not have to immediately pay any back rent. Renters will still have until February 28, 2022 to pay any missed rent from April 2020 to June 2021.

Tenants who have applied for rent assistance are entitled to a safe harbor from termination and eviction due to nonpayment of rent.

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Renters

Renters can apply for local rent assistance.

Multnomah County | Emergency Rent Assistance Program

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program
– Not accepting new applications currently 

The state-wide Oregon Emergency Rent Assistance Program is no longer taking new applications after 11:59 pm on December 1, 2021. All applications submitted prior to this deadline with continue to be processed. Local emergency rent assistance is still available. See how to apply.


Landlords

Help yourselves by helping your tenants
Help your tenants apply for assistance and proactively prepare necessary documents.

Oregon Landlord Compensation Fund
– Application closed June 23, 2021 – 

Mortgage Relief


Eligibility for Rent Assistance in Multnomah County

If you are a Multnomah County resident and are struggling to pay your rent (current and overdue) due to the pandemic, you may be eligible to receive assistance. You must meet all the below criteria to be eligible:  

  • Are you seeking assistance to pay rent? Do you have an unpaid rent balance for your primary rental residence that begins on or after March 13, 2020?

  • Has anyone in the household experienced reduction/loss of income since April 1, 2020 related to COVID-19? (And/or incurred significant expenses OR other financial hardships OR qualified for unemployment benefits.)

  • Do you have a past-due rent notice, an eviction notice, or can you demonstrate housing instability or risk of homelessness, and/or need assistance paying future rent?

Note: Your household income must be at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income for Multnomah County. (See bottom of page for income chart)


How to apply:

Contact 211info

To apply for local rent assistance, call 2-1-1 (or dial 503-222-5555 from a cell phone) to get connected with a community organization delivering emergency rent assistance through this program. 

About eligibility

Over 40 partner agencies in Multnomah County

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Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Allita)
– Not accepting new applications currently – 
The online application portal for statewide rental assistance assistance is no longer receiving new applications as of December 2, 2021. More details


Program Dashboard

Preview of Tableau dashboard

For more information about the ongoing efforts to deliver COVID-19 emergency rent assistance—such as the number of households served and the amount of rent assistance spent so far—follow the link below to the progress dashboard.

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You are protected from eviction

Because of the eviction moratorium, it was unlawful for landlords to evict people unable to pay their rent until after June 30, 2021.

Update: As of July 1, 2021, the grace period for repaying deferred rent accrued between April 2020 and June 2021 is now February 28, 2022. This grace period now applies to all tenants in Oregon. A written declaration of financial hardship is no longer required to be eligible for this statewide protection.

If a tenant has applied for rent assistance and provides proof of their application to their landlord, they are protected from termination or eviction due to nonpayment of rent for 90 days (if they live in Multnomah County) or 60 days (if they live outside Multnomah County).


Who is prioritized?

Rent relief is not first come, first serve. Households are prioritized based on need. Resources are limited, and submitting an application does not guarantee access to assistance. Staff are working hard to assist families as funds and capacity allow. 


Income Eligibility

Use the chart below to see if you are income eligible.

Household Size80% AMI
1$54,150
2$61,900
3$69,650
4$77,350
5$83,550
6$89,750
7$95,950
8$102,150