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Oregon lawmakers urge Gov. Kate Brown to extend eviction protections for renters

A letter drafted Wednesday by legislative housing committee chairs Rep. Julie Fahey and Sen. Kayse Jama outlines the need for intervention as the state continues to chip away at a massive backlog of applications for rental assistance.

By Sam Stites (OPB)

The leaders of the Oregon Legislature’s joint housing committee are asking Gov. Kate Brown to issue an executive order to extend protections against evictions for renters who are struggling to make rent payments.

In a letter sent Wednesday, Rep. Julie Fahey, D-Eugene, and Sen. Kayse Jama, D-North Clackamas/SE Portland, notified Brown that the threat of eviction is imminent for more than 12,000 Oregon households that have applied for federal rental assistance but have not yet received it.

Fahey and Jama want Brown to extend the statewide 60-day pause on evictions to 120 days for those struggling to make rent payments due to economic conditions caused by the pandemic, or to extend the pause only in counties with large backlogs of unprocessed applications for assistance.

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