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.
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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 emergency rental assistance in two different ways:

Apply for local assistance in Multnomah County:

Multnomah County | Emergency Rent Assistance Program

State assistance:

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP)
Application closed March 22, 2022. Applications submitted before the deadline will continue to be processed. 


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

Multnomah County

Contact 211info

To apply for local emergency rental 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 | List of partner agencies

Oregon

To apply for state emergency rental assistance, visit the state's website:

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Allita)
– Application closed March 22, 2022 

More details


Program Dashboard

Abstract preview of the dashboard. Click the "View Dashboard" button.

Learn about the ongoing efforts to deliver COVID‑19 emergency rent assistance. To view the latest data on the number of households served and amount of rent assistance spent so far, click the button below to the Emergency Rent Assistance Dashboard.

View dashboard


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