Beginning Wednesday, May 19, Oregon Housing and Community Services will be accepting applications for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) to help qualified renters who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability, with past due rent and utilities.
*Assistance is offered to all eligible renters regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, and it will not impact the recipient’s eligibility for other federally funded programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, social security, WIC or public housing.
Renters who are eligible for the program may request rent and/or utility assistance dating back to March 13, 2020 (prior expenses are not eligible).
OERAP will cover up to 12 months of past due rent and three months of forward rent, once all past due rent is paid.
OERAP will also cover past due utility costs including electricity, gas, home energy services, water, sewer, trash removal, internet and bulk fuels.
*This is NOT first come first served. All applications will be reviewed.
*In most cases, approved applications will result in payments made directly to landlords and utility providers.
Please review www.oregonrentalassistance.org BEFORE you apply, to make sure you complete your application as accurately as possible.
For assistance completing the application in:
Multnomah County: 211 Info, phone: dial 211 or 1-866-698-6155 (language interpreters available by phone). TTY: dial 711 and call 503-988-0466 TEXT: your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) (text/email in English and Spanish)
Clackamas County: Clackamas County Social Services Division (CCSSD), phone: 503-655-8575
Washington County: Community Action Organization (CAO), phone: 503-615-0770