COVID-19 Updates & Programs
We will be using this page during the COVID-19 crisis to issue information for our housing clients, and other Housing services. Please check back frequently for updates to available resources.
CDC ISSUES TEMPORARY PROTECTION FROM EVICTION UNTIL OCTOBER 3, 2021
CDC is issuing a new order temporarily halting evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission in order to respond to recent developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rise of the Delta variant. It is intended to target specific areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing and/or would be exacerbated by mass evictions. Washington County qualifies as a high transmission area, but that status could change at any time. We encourage County residents to use this extended opportunity to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance program.
EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED TO END JULY 31, 2021
View a public service announcement (PSA) about the end of the eviction moratorium in English or Spanish.
On June 24 the CDC issued a one-month extension of the moratorium preventing eviction for tenants unable to make rental payments. The eviction moratorium is now in effect until July 31, 2021. Accessing rent assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance program is important for tenants to stay in stable housing. We encourage tenants to cooperate with their landlords and to sign a tenant declaration of financial hardship form if they have not done so already. A link to the form and details on the Emergency Rental Assistance program are provided following this overview section.
Washington County worked hard to ensure post-moratorium tenant protections are in place. Current protections include:
- Extends the Eviction Moratorium for an additional 60 days (through August 31, 2021) to tenants who applied for emergency rent assistance,
- Extends grace period until February 2022 to pay back rent owed from April 2020 through July 2021,
- Prohibits landlords from evicting a tenant for non-payment of rent in August 2021 if the tenant applied for the Emergency Rental Assistance program prior to July 30, 2021,
- Protects rental and credit records for people that have fallen behind on rent,
- Extends timelines for issuance of non-payment and termination notices,
- Extends the increased penalty for landlord retaliatory conduct,
- Prohibits landlords from considering non-payments during the moratorium when evaluating rental applications.
This overview document (English version, Spanish version) provides information about tenant rights, rental assistance, and going to court. If you or a tenant you know suspects these rights have been violated, we encourage you to reach out to one of the organizations listed in the Emergency Rental & Tenant Resources section below.
For those who live in Washington County Housing Authority owned properties, the housing authority will work with tenants who accumulate past due rent from August 2021 until the end of 2021 on repayment agreements and with accessing emergency rental assistance options.
Emergency Rental Assistance and Tenant Resources
It is important if you cannot pay your July rent that you apply immediately for emergency assistance and talk with your landlord. Tenants in need of assistance who meet the following criteria should apply for Emergency Rental Assistance through Community Action.
An eligible renter household must have at least one individual that meets these criteria:
1) Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a decrease in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
2) Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
3) Has a household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)
Maximum income for Washington County eligibility based on persons in the household:
1 resident: $54,150
2 residents: $61,900
3 residents: $69,650
4 residents: $77,350
5 residents: $83,550
6 residents: $89,750
7 residents: $95,950
8 residents: $102,150
As the eviction moratorium comes to an end, Community Action and its partners are prioritizing households in lower income ranges. Community Action is working with the Oregon Law Center, a non-profit that provides free legal help to people struggling to make ends meet. Staff from both organizations will monitor eviction court dockets and intervene with financial and legal assistance as needed starting in July. Community Action has also been working with the Community Alliance of Tenants, a tenant-rights organization, to educate tenants on their options during the moratorium.
Community Action Application Phone Number: 503-615-0770 (call Mondays beginning at 9:00 a.m.)
Fair Housing Council of Oregon (for issues related to discrimination)
Landlord Compensation Fund
Through this program, landlords of residential properties will be compensated for tenant past due rent. The third and likely final round of applications is now open, with an application deadline of June 23, 2021. Approximately $60 million is available for this round of applications. The program now pays out 100% of past due rent. Landlords that already received 80% compensation through the program will be paid the remaining 20%. The program coverage has also been expanded to include past due rent from both current and former tenants through June 2021.
Landlords must provide tenants with written notice about the application and obtain a signed Declaration of Financial Hardship Form from all tenants to be included in the fund reimbursement. All applications must be submitted through the Landlord Compensation Fund Application Portal.
IF YOU ARE A RENTER AND NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU:
- Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) – Provides assistance with landlord/tenant issues. CAT has put together an explanation of House Bill 4401 here and the steps a renter needs to take . The CAT Renters’ Rights Hotline is 503-288-0130.
- Oregon Law Center – Provides legal assistance with a variety of issues including housing and has an explanation of House Bill 4401 here and the steps a renter needs to take, including the form you need to fill out to present to your landlord.
- Here is a video created by the Oregon Law Center about housing protections for tenants in Oregon during COVID 19 (English Version) (Versión en español) Contact the Hillsboro office at 503-640-4115 or 1-877-296-4076.
- 2-1-1 Info – Rent assistance may be available by visiting www.211info.org or by calling 2-1-1.
IF YOU NEED MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE AND/OR FORECLOSURE COUNSELING:
Oregon Homeowners Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) has the COVID-19 Mortgage Relief program funded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund. It provides financial relief to help homeowners catch up on mortgage payments and stay secure in their homes. If you qualify, these funds are available at no cost to you as long as you don’t sell your home or refinance it for cash for at least five years.
- Find out how to apply here. OHSI is handling a high volume of phone calls now, and at times may be temporarily unable to accept customer service calls. Please email any questions you have to email@example.com, and OHSI will make every effort to respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.
- If you are a homeowner needing Foreclosure Counseling, you can get that help in Washington County through Open Door HousingWorks and to find the statewide list of List of HUD Approved mortgage foreclosure counseling agencies (statewide) click here.
- Community Action - Housing Stability Programs (Homeless Services, Renter Support)
- Providence Health & Services- Community Resource Desk (Connections to Housing Resources, Utility Assistance, Health Insurance, Dental Resources, Food Stamps, etc.)
- FREE OR LOW-COST INTERNET SERVICE AND OTHER RELATED RESOURCES (DEVICES AND CONTENT) THAT CAN ASSIST HUD-ASSISTED RESIDENTS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS (3/22/20)