Anxiety Builds Amid Wait for Rent Checks

Nearly 12,000 households are at imminent risk of displacement because the state couldn’t get a check to their landlord quick enough


By Sophie Peel


State officials told reporters last week that the state had averted a disaster: The federal government is unlikely to demand unspent rental assistance money back.


That was a threat hanging over the state’s head because of how slowly Oregon is distributing checks to landlords. Instead, says Margaret Salazar, executive director of the agency that runs the program, Oregon Housing and Community Services, the state expects to receive more rental assistance dollars because of how well it stacks up against other states’ performance.


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