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Eviction moratoriums and rent assistance kept Oregonians housed, but many face barriers to entry... funding runs out

Local service providers say the various moratoriums banning evictions during the pandemic successfully kept many Oregon families in their homes. Otherwise, they say the need for assistance may soon outweigh available resources as tenants facing eviction deal with barriers to getting rental assistance and slow payments by the state.

By Ardeshir Tabrizian - Salem Reporter

Oregonians struggling to pay rent faced barriers to getting assistance and slow payments through a $15 million rental assistance program in Marion and Polk counties intended to help save tenants from being evicted.

With most of the state’s funding already gone, local service providers say the number of households requesting assistance may soon eclipse what’s available.

Since the Covid pandemic began, the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency received several pots of federal and state money to help people pay their rent. A series of statewide moratoriums banning evictions bought tenants time to make up their due payments. The latest moratorium ended on June 30.


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