Oregon Housing and Community Services is accepting applications for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP), established to help qualified renters who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and at risk of homelessness or housing instability with past due rent and utilities.
This program is not a loan. Those who receive the assistance will not have to pay back funds as long as they are used as approved and not duplicating other assistance programs.
Assistance is offered to all eligible renters regardless of their citizenship or immigration status and will not impact a recipient’s eligibility for other federally funded programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, social security, WIC or public housing.
Renters 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.
The program will also cover past due utility costs including electricity, gas, home energy services, water, sewer, trash removal, internet, and bulk fuels.
Costs that will NOT be covered include homeowner costs, homeowner utilities, landlord-paid utilities, landlord-paid property taxes, property insurance, phone bills and renter insurance.
If approved, in most cases, payments will be made directly to the landlord, property owner or utility company on the tenant’s behalf via direct deposit or check.
OERAP funds are not first-come, first-serve. Funds will be distributed based on a formula that prioritizes applications based on need. Everyone who turns in a completed application will have their application reviewed.
Learn more about eligibility, applying and the program itself at oregonrentalassistance.org or by calling 866.698.6155.
The site includes information for landlords on what they can expect when tenants apply for OERAP.