- State Data Overview
Across Oregon, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.KeyFacts133,506Or22%Renter households that are extremely low income$25,100Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-96,643Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$47,768Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.74%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
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Oregon Housing Alliance
c/o Neighborhood Partnerships
1020 SW Taylor, Suite 680
Portland, OR 97205
Alison McIntosh, Policy and Communications Director
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- Housing Trust FundHTF Implementation Information
NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Joseph Lindstrom with any questions.Current Year HTF Allocation
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Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has created an $8.5 million Rent Relief Program to provide assistance to people who have experienced loss of income and are at risk of homelessness due to COVID-19. https://tinyurl.com/y8nxgv7b
Oregon lawmakers approved $12 million for Rental assistance and safe shelter alternatives for individuals who have lost income due to COVID-19 and shelter for individuals at risk of infection or health problems due to inadequate shelter or housing. https://tinyurl.com/y6vska6o
City Description Source Hillsboro The City has provided emergency rent assistance funds to our trusted partner, Community Action. Community Action provides a range of support for renters from emergency payments to longer-term assistance depending on funding availability and eligibility requirements. The City of Hillsboro has provided $50,000 in March and will provide another $50,000 in April to support the emergency payment assistance program for tenants facing eviction. https://tinyurl.com/yaau2wtc Jackson The Housing Authority of Jackson County will receive $375,002 in federal COVID-19 aid to help keep people housed and safe during the pandemic. The money is part of $5.7 million in grants going out to housing authorities across Oregon, and $1.25 billion being provided nationwide for rent assistance programs through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress. https://tinyurl.com/y74xxxz3 Milton-Freewater Households in Milton-Freewater can receive up to $250 for their utility bills. https://tinyurl.com/yd5arv7w Lane County Lane County’s Human Services Division will distribute $930,000 in rent assistance. The funding will be focused on stabilizing housing for people who are at risk of becoming unhoused, as well as finding housing solutions for people who are currently unhoused. https://tinyurl.com/yd2uzshk Union County Community Connection of Northeast Oregon Inc. received from the state $162,250 to provide assistance to those who have been unable to pay rent due to a loss in income or job loss. https://tinyurl.com/y9n3butn Portland Portland City Council unanimously approved to dedicate more than $8 million to support renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the city officials, the funds are expected to provide at least three months of emergency rent assistance to about 2,000 households. https://tinyurl.com/ya2s789w
Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.
Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:
No information at this time.
In Portland, a motel owner kicked out clients of a homeless service provider because he didn’t want people experiencing homelessness in his motel.
According to the Oregonian, there is growing support among city officials and housing advocates for Portland to buy motels to use as short-term shelters initially and then as long-term affordable housing.
A Common Dreams article makes the case for why Portland should commandeer hotels to house people experiencing homelessness. Portland has secured two hotels for people experiencing homelessness who exhibit coronavirus symptoms, but only one of those hotels is currently being used, and it is only partially filled.
Clastop County officials developed a plan to temporarily house people experiencing homelessness in a local hotel after Providence Seaside Hospital reached out to the county’s public health department. County officials are partnering with the hospital and other organizations to arrange rooms for people experiencing who test positive for the coronavirus or are awaiting test results.
The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board approved $12 million in housing assistance, with more than of half going to residents on the edge of homelessness. The state allocated $8.5 million to provide rental assistance for people who have lost their income due to the pandemic. Oregon also set aside $3.5 million for shelters and motel vouchers.
The Housing Authority of Jackson County will receive $375,002 in federal coronavirus aid to help keep residents stably housed. The funds are a portion of $5.7 million in grants allocated to housing authorities across Oregon.
“The rent crisis in our county requires the kind of national response that only the federal government can and should provide,” said Chair of the Multnomah County Commission Deborah Kafoury. Kafoury expressed her support for including $100 billion in rent assistance in the next federal relief package.
Eleven people experiencing homelessness have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Portland area. The Oregon Health Authority has announced plans to expand testing for people experiencing homelessness. Lane County has calculated how many tests would be needed to evaluate everyone in their shelters; however, Multnomah County and Washington County have not announced plans to do the same.
The City of Ashland has employed reimbursement eligible from its Community Development Block Grant and FEMA to acquire hotel rooms for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. A local non-profit, Options for Helping Residents of Ashland, was awarded a $100,000 grant to fund the program.
A Street Roots editorial urges Oregon officials to not only move all unhoused Oregon residents into hotels and motels but also create a statewide roadmap for solving homelessness.
New temporary shelter sites for the unhoused are opening this week in Eugene. Small groups of people can stay in tents or vehicles with appropriate social distancing. All shelter sites are staffed and have food and water supplies.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said that the statewide “stay home” order applies to people without homes. It is unclear to what extent police will enforce the rule amongst the homeless population. Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s office said that it would “discourage” police departments from punishing homeless individuals for violating the order but did not prohibit it.
Lane County’s old VA clinic will become a COVID-19 respite and recovery center for individuals experiencing homelessness.
Portland city officials are considering entering into 12- to 18-month agreements with motels to house people experiencing homelessness, but they have expressed concerns about the high cost of this project. If the city uses its current model, the cost of housing people in motels would increase an estimated 500 percent.
The iconic Jupiter Hotel in Portland will be housing individuals experiencing homelessness that show COVID-19 symptoms.
Portland and Multnomah County’s joint shelter system is putting together a series of assistance measures to deal with the pandemic – and which will likely cost $3.5 million a month.COVID-19 Resources Other
What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d
Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb