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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

NOW Available! Pandemic-EBT (clarification on benefits) (update 5/17)

Situations families may be in:

  1. If families have SNAP (food stamps) the P-EBT funds will get added automatically

  2. If they have Free/Reduced Lunch, but no SNAP, they will get mailed a card

A. Families should make sure their address is up to date in Synergy by calling the school

B. Families can call Nutrition Services to verify that they are enrolled in FRL if they aren't sure

C. Families can have a trusted staff help them update and verify this information

  1. If they don't have SNAP or Free/Reduced Lunch, they should apply for both:

Apply for FRL @ https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/FRLApp/

Apply for SNAP (and other available public benefits) @ https://one.oregon.gov/

  1. If they received a P-EBT card in the Fall, but lost or threw it away, requests for replacement cards will start on July 15 by calling: 503-945-6481

  2. If they have questions or need assistance they can call: 503-945-6481

Or email EBTschoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us

P-EBT program details (including Timeline receiving funds) here:

https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/P-EBT.aspx

NEW! Emergency Broadband Benefit program ($50 per month)

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org.


Please check our website, www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, regularly for the latest information.


Do I receive the funds directly each month?

No, the Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a monthly discount on broadband service of up to $50 per eligible household (or up to $75 per eligible household on Tribal lands). The participating broadband service provider will receive the funds directly from the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.


Which broadband providers are participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

Various broadband providers, including those offering landline and wireless broadband, will be participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Depending on where you live, you may have a choice of providers. Check with the broadband providers in your area to learn about their plans for program participation and eligible service offerings. You can find a list of participating providers by state and territory on this webpage, www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-providers.