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COVID-19 Updates & Programs

COVID-19 Updates for Housing Services and the Housing Authority, and Programs to distribute funds to address the COVID crisis.

We will be using this page during the COVID-19 crisis to issue information for our housing clients, and other Housing services. Please check back frequently for updates to available resources.

Overview

Oregon’s state-wide eviction moratorium ended on June 30, 2021. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) extended the eviction moratorium end date to October 3, but on August 26 the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the extension, ending the eviction moratorium.

Unfortunately, the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance program is currently paused on receiving new applications. If you already have a rent assistance application pending you must submit proof of rental assistance application to your landlord before June 30th, 2022, in order to be protected from eviction while your application is still pending or September 30th, 2022, whichever date comes first.

Eligibility criteria for Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance program

An eligible renter household must have at least one individual that meets these criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a decrease in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Has a household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)

Maximum income for Washington County eligibility based on persons in the household:

  • 1 resident: $54,150
  • 2 residents: $61,900
  • 3 residents: $69,650
  • 4 residents: $77,350
  • 5 residents: $83,550
  • 6 residents: $89,750
  • 7 residents: $95,950
  • 8 residents: $102,150

Community Action is working with the Oregon Law Center, a non-profit that provides free legal help to people struggling to make ends meet. Staff from both organizations will monitor eviction court dockets and intervene with financial and legal assistance as needed. Community Action has also been working with the Community Alliance of Tenants, a tenant-rights organization, to educate tenants on their options.

Community Action Emergency Rental Assistance Program Page

Community Action Application (via Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program site)

Oregon Law Center Home Page

Community Alliance of Tenants Home Page

Fair Housing Council of Oregon (for issues related to discrimination)

Mortgage assistance and foreclosure counseling

Oregon Homeowners Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) has the COVID-19 Mortgage Relief program funded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund. It provides financial relief to help homeowners catch up on mortgage payments and stay secure in their homes. If you qualify, these funds are available at no cost to you as long as you don’t sell your home or refinance it for cash for at least five years. Find out how to apply here.