Important Update: Safe Harbor Eviction Protection Period Extended
- Oregon Legislators recently held a special session to extend eviction protections known as “Safe Harbor" protections in Oregon (SB 278). As a result of recent legislation, tenants have protection from eviction upon showing their documentation of rental assistance application to their landlord. These protections replace the 60-day period (90 days in some jurisdictions) and now cover the entire time an application is being processed (up until September 30, 2022.)
- In order to be protected, tenants must give proof of application to their landlord right away (by June 30, 2022 at the latest, or at or before any first court appearance, whichever is sooner.)
- Anyone who has already applied for assistance and shown documentation of their application to their landlord at or before any first court appearance is now protected from nonpayment eviction until their application is processed.
- Landlords are required to give 10 days of notice of termination of tenancy for nonpayment until September 30, 2022.
- Landlords may begin eviction proceedings if you've missed rent and haven't begun an application – apply to an open rental assistance program right away to access these protections!
- If your application is closed or denied or paid in an amount that is less than is owed, your landlord can move forward with the eviction process for unpaid months.
If you have questions about eviction protections, please visit the
Oregon State Bar or the Oregon Law Center's website for updates at
Pandemic Emergency Rental Assistance Tenant Protections
NOTICE OF APPLICATION PAUSE: The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program is paused to new applicants as of December 1, 2021 at 11:59pm. Other resources are available, please visit www.OregonRentalAssistance.org for more information.
Renters in need of assistance are encouraged to apply for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) by December 1 at 11:59pm. At that time the program will pause accepting applications
for a minimum of six weeks. Pausing new submissions will allow for processing and assessment of funding availability. Currently more than $300 Million dollars of Federal assistance has been requested. After December 1 Oregonians can apply to local programs in their community for rent and utility assistance and to receive eviction protections. If additional funds become available the portal will re-open following the 6-week pause. If you've already submitted and completed an application this will not affect you. Applicants who have registered on the portal will still be able to login and view the status of their application. To learn more or find other resources, go to oregonrentalassistance.org/resources or call 211.
Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) Pause on New Applications
Partner Communications Toolkits:
Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program is Now Open for Renter Household Applications.
Oregon Housing and Community Services will distribute $204 million to qualified renters who have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability.
OHCS will begin administering the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) program after federal regulations are detailed. OERAP can help low-income households with their past due rent and utilities. In most cases, payment will be made directly to the landlord or utility provider.
Who is eligible?
The OERAP program can serve renter households that have incomes less than 80% of Area Median Income who meet the following conditions:
- Individual(s) in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or has experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak; and
- Individual(s) in the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability evidenced by a past due utility or rent notice.
More information on program details and how to apply will be added to this page as it is available.
OERAP Data Dashboard:
Oregon Housing and Community Services will be providing a Weekly Summary Report of the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program every Tuesday and Thursday. This is provided via an interactive dashboard available at:
https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/oregon.housing.and.community.services/viz/OregonERAWeeklyReportDashboard/ExternalPaymentDashboard. This dashboard is evolving and will be updated with new fields as the program progresses.
This data is pulled by Oregon Housing and Community Services from the Allita system on a weekly basis in order to understand who has applied for Oregon's Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Please note that this data may contain manual user errors, including incorrect amounts requested for rent and utilities. Not all of the data in this dashboard has been verified by our partners who process applications, so these numbers will surely change as applications continue to be processed, verified, and paid.
Requests for Information,
New Program Information Webinar Recording, 2/10/2021