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$8.5 Million Provided for Rent Relief

Needs-based formula guides allocations

5/20/2020, 10:51 a.m.
The Oregon Housing and Community Services announced Monday that it has accumulated over $8.5 million to provide rent relief across ...
Ankeny Woods is an affordable housing complex in outer southeast Portland operated by Human Solutions. As many Oregonians struggle to pay rent during the coronavirus public health crisis, $8.5 million is being made available by the state of Oregon to provide rent relief.

The Oregon Housing and Community Services announced Monday that it has accumulated over $8.5 million to provide rent relief across the state.

As many Oregonians are struggling to pay rent during the coronavirus public health crisis, the rent relief program is providing assistance to those who need it most.

According to a news release sent by the organization, the money is allocated to regional Community Action Agencies by a needs-based formula which takes rent burden data, poverty data, homelessness data, and unemployment claims into consideration.

“Through no fault of their own, many Oregonian families are facing an abrupt loss of income and find themselves unable to pay their rent during this pandemic,” said Gov. Kate Brown. “Through Oregon Housing and Community Services, we can deliver immediate rent relief so that more families can stay housed as we work to build a safe and strong Oregon.”

Oregonians looking to apply for aid should contact their local CAAs directly or call 2-1-1 for assistance. Officials said they will begin taking applications in upcoming days. Any rent payments given will be made directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant.