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Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek Calls for Special Session to Protect Tenants

Thousands of renters have yet to receive assistance and could now face eviction.

House Speaker Tina Kotek on Oct. 15 called for a special session of the Oregon Legislature to stave off a rash of evictions as pandemic restrictions expire.

“Nothing is more important than keeping people housed,” Kotek wrote on Twitter. “The pandemic and the coming winter demand action now.”

WW reported two weeks ago that 11,900 renters statewide who’ve applied for pandemic assistance were on the cusp of losing legal protection from eviction because it had taken too long for the state to get relief money to their landlords.


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