Opinion: Governor, Legislature must act to stem eviction crisis amid rent assistance backlog
By Marcus Mundy, Matt Newell-Ching and Sybil Hebb
Mundy is executive director of the Coalition of Communities of Color. Newell-Ching is public policy manager of the Oregon Food Bank. Hebb is director of policy advocacy of the Oregon Law Center.
Like the air we breathe and the food we eat, a safe and stable home is a basic human need. Unfortunately, too many of us across Oregon are worried about how we will stay in our home while awaiting rental assistance. Almost 12,000 households – families and individuals – have applied for aid but face eviction because their applications have not yet been processed and their safe harbor period – a protected grace period – has expired, according to a recent Oregonian/OregonLive article.