Beginning May 19th, 2021, qualfied renters experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic may apply for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP). Oregon Housing and Coummunity Services will distribute $204 million to qualified renters through the program.
OERAP will directly pay landlords for back rent from March 13th, 2020 until present and three months of future rent for qualifying households.
Applications for OERAP funds must be initiated by renters. Landlords cannot apply directly. However landlords are encouraged to share information with rentser about OERAP.
After a renter applies for OERAP funds, their landlord will be contacted by email to review and confirm certain information in the application. Landlords will be asked to provide a W9 and how payment is to be accepted.
The OERAP program serves renter households with incomes less than 80% of Area Median Income meeting the following conditions:
- Individuals in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred signifanct costs or has experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak; and
- Individuals in the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability evidenced by a past due utility or rent notice.
(Information about was received by GreenspoonMarder/ Attorney Client Communication and not intended as legal advise).