Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has announced that the agency will begin accepting new applications again for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) starting Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Emergency Renter Assistance

Tenants who apply on Jan. 26 or after may receive safe harbor protections that prevent landlords from evicting tenants until their application is processed. However, those tenants should expect a delay prior to processing and payment.

The state paused accepting new applications in early December due to dwindling funding and the need to make system improvements. This will be a limited reopening for three to five weeks, depending on availability of funds. The agency estimates to have sufficient funding to pay between 6,700-9,300 additional applications. Households with the most need will have priority in accessing these resources, not a first-come, first-served basis.

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