Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Resources in Other Languages
Social media tiles, paper applications and the online portal are available in English, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese. During testing we have identified sections in non-English applications where the translation from English is not complete. We are working with the vendor to correct this issue. All applications are fully functional, and applications can be submitted but applicants may note phrases which are not fully translated. Paper applications in languages other than English are fully translated. As a reminder, applications submitted in 2022 will not be immediately processed as per Senate Bill 891 applications submitted prior to Dec 2021 will be prioritized. The application is not first come first serve. Applicants can access paper applications in all five languages at the Oregonrentalassistance.org website. Applicants can also contact 211 with questions or to be connected to interpretation services.
Beginning May 19, 2021, qualified renters who have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability, may apply for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
This program is not a loan, which means those who receive assistance will not have to pay back funds so 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 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 assistance dating back to March 13, 2020 (prior expenses are not eligible).
The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program will cover up to 12 months of past due rent and three months of forward rent, once all past due rent is paid.
If approved, in most cases, payments will be made directly to the landlord, property owner on the tenant’s behalf via direct deposit or check. Program 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.