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Multnomah County Emergency Rent Assistance

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Local rent relief for tenant households with incomes at or below 80% area median income who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19. How to apply.
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About the Program

Multnomah County, Portland Housing Bureau, Joint Office for Homeless Services, and Home Forward’s COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) was created to prevent evictions caused by the financial and health impacts of COVID-19. The program provides emergency rent assistance to households with incomes at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) in Multnomah County, with priority in serving Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities experiencing the greatest adverse impacts from COVID-19.

An eligible household may receive up to 9 months of rent assistance with ERAP-1 funds.

A preference is in place for households...

  • earning at or below 50% AMI, or
  • households with a member who has been unemployed for at least 90 days.

A household who meets one of the preferences is eligible to receive up to 12 months of rent assistance.

The program can cover the following expenses:

  • current or future rent payments (future payments limited to 3 months)
  • rent arrears
  • security deposits and fees

Funds are not eligible to pay for mortgage payments, utilities, or direct cash assistance.


How to Apply

To apply, 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.

Partner Agencies

  • African Family Holistic Health Organization
  • African Youth Community Organization
  • Bienestar de la Familia
  • Black Community of Portland
  • Black Education Achievement Movement
  • Black Parent Initiative
  • Bridge (Oasis of Praise coalition)
  • Brown Hope
  • Cascade AIDS Project
  • Cascadia
  • Center for African Immigration and Refugees
  • Constructing Hope
  • Doulas Latinas International
  • DV Consortium - Volunteers of America
  • El Programa Hispano Catolico
  • Hacienda CDC
  • HAKI Community Organization
  • Home Forward
  • Human Solutions
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
  • Impact Northwest
  • Insights Teen Parent Program
  • JOIN
  • Latino Network
  • Mt Hood Community College
  • Mt Olivet Baptist Church
  • Multnomah County - Department of County Human Services
  • Multnomah County - Joint Office of Homeless Services
  • Native American Rehabilitation Association
  • Native American Youth & Family Center
  • New Avenues for Youth
  • Northwest Pilot Project
  • Oregon Chinese Coalition
  • Oregon Tradeswomen
  • Outside In - Collaborative
  • Play Grow Learn
  • Portland Community College
  • Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives
  • Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center
  • Portland Youth Builders
  • SE Works
  • Self Enhancement, Inc.
  • Transition Projects, Inc.
  • United Territories of Pacific Islanders (Utopia PDX)
  • Urban League
  • WorkSystems, Inc.
  • Youth organized and united to help (Y.O.U.th)
  • 211 Info

*List current as of September 2021


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the program, households must meet all three of the requirements below. There is no citizenship requirement for these funds.

  1. Resident of City of Portland or Multnomah County
     
  2. Experienced both of the following impacts due to COVID-19:
     
    • One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits; or, experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak
       
    • One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness; or, housing instability
  1. Household income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)

80% Area Median Income

The AMI chart shows the maximum income limit to be eligible for 80% of area median income. The income limit increases based on household size.

Estimate your AMI

AMI Calculator

Area Median Income Chart

Effective until April 2022

Household Size80% Median50% Median*
1$54,150$33,850
2$61,900$38,700
3$69,650$43,550
4$77,350$48,350
5$83,550$52,250
6$89,750$56,100
7$95,950$60,000
8$102,150$63,850

*Households earning at or below 50% AMI, or households with a member who has been unemployed for at least 90 days, may be eligible to receive up to 12 months of rent assistance.


Required Documentation

Once a household is determined eligible for assistance, the following materials are required to be submitted as part of the application. There is no citizenship requirement to be assisted with these funds.

Download a copy of this information:

1. Verification of Income

All household members over the age of 18 must provide ONE of the following:

  • 2020 tax return forms (such as a 1099, 1040/1040A or Schedule C of 1040)
  • 2020 W-2 form
  • Most recent paycheck stubs
  • A letter of termination from your job
  • Employer-generated salary report or letter stating current annual income or Earnings statements
  • Current bank statements showing direct deposit of income and/or benefits
  • Proof of application for unemployment benefits
  • Proof that unemployment benefits have expired
  • Self Employed - tax records, statements, or other documentation of loss of employment
  • Benefits eligibility letter from a government program, including award letter (TANF, SSI, other benefits)

Self-attestation is acceptable in the following circumstances:

  • Household lives in census tract with average 2020 median income at or below eligibility threshold (more information on process for determining in Exhibit 2, Documenting Income)
  • Necessary as reasonable accommodation for a person with disabilities
  • Necessary due to extenuating circumstances related to pandemic or lack of technological access

2. Lease / Rental Agreement or Other Proof of Rent Due

Provide a current lease or rental agreement signed by the applicant and landlord or sub-lessor that identifies the unit where the applicant resides and shows the rental payment amount.

If a signed lease is not available, proof of rent due may include one of the following:

  • ERAP-1 Agreement to Assign Rent Assistance Form
  • Another source of written confirmation by a landlord who can be verified as the actual owner or management agent of where you rent
  • Landlord Verification of Rent Due

If landlord refuses to sign, you may submit a Self-Verification of Rent Due form.


Program Materials for Partner Organizations