Emergency Rental Assistance
The U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion nationally to assist households that are unable to pay rent, utilities, and other housing-related expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this program, eligible renting households may receive assistance to help stabilize their housing. Assistance may include current and past due rent, current and past due utilities costs, and other expenses related to housing. Additional assistance may be provided if determined necessary.
Given that Oregon’s state-wide eviction moratorium is scheduled to end on June 30, 2021, eligible Washington County households are encouraged to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance program as soon as possible. The program and application process for Washington County residents are managed by Community Action.
An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
- Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
To learn more about the Emergency Rental Assistance program, household eligibility requirements, and application process, click here (English, Spanish), or visit the Community Action Organization program page.