- 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$50,687Annual 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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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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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.
You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected].
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.
The expiration of federal coronavirus relief funding prompted the closure of Washington County’s Sleep Safe RV program, which provided access to resources for people living in RVs during the pandemic. The program hosted more than 60 people while it was open.
With the federal eviction moratorium set to expire on December 31, homeless advocates are bracing for a tsunami of Oregon students becoming homeless in 2021.
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the eviction moratorium to July 2, 2021, and provide a six-month grace period for repaying back rent. The board also voted to allocate an additional $2.5 million to the Joint Office of Homeless Services to purchase two shelter sites. Combining the new funds with previously allocated CARES Act funds, the Joint Office will purchase two properties for a combined $6.8 million to convert into shelters.
Clackamas County has begun the process of purchasing a motel and converting it into a shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Elected board members, however, disagree over the plans, with one commissioner expressing confusion about whether the property, acquired under Project Turnkey, would provide shelter for wildfire survivors or other people experiencing homelessness.
Oregon tenant advocates are reporting an uptick in tenant harassment as landlords, unable to evict tenants due to the eviction moratorium, are pressuring renters to self-evict. A recent report from the Community Alliance of Tenants and Portland State University found that of the 460 renters surveyed, 22% reported “hostile, harassing, or threatening behavior from their landlords or property managers.” This rate rose to 32% for tenants who identified as BIPOC.
Updated on January 15, 2021
Oregon legislators allocated $35 million to convert hotels or motels into temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness. The application process opened on November 20.
Updated on December 9, 2020
Oregon lawmakers unveiled a proposal on November 20 that would protect qualifying tenants from eviction for nonpayment of rent until June 30, 2021. The proposal would extend the state’s current moratorium, now scheduled to expire on December 31, and offer partial repayment to landlords. Under the new moratorium, renters would be required to submit a sworn statement declaring that they have experienced financial hardship and would owe back rent on July 1, 2021.
With no federal relief in sight, the authors of an op-ed in Oregon Live urge state legislators to take immediate action to prevent a wave of mass displacement and homelessness this winter. The authors also call attention to the dual impact of COVID-19 and wildfire displacement on low-income residents in Southern Oregon.
Project Turnkey, an Oregon initiative to purchase hotels and motels to convert into transitional and permanent housing, is moving forward in Jackson County. While the program is state-funded, the goal is for local communities to develop initiatives that address their unique needs.
Updated on November 30, 2020
Oregon legislators on November 9 committed $35 million to the purchasing and converting hotels into emergency homeless shelters, two weeks after the same proposal failed. These funds are not intended for use in areas impacted by the wildfire; the Emergency Board approved $30 million to those communities for this purpose on October 23.
The Register-Guard reports that unhoused individuals in Lane County have few places to go amid the upcoming winter and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The article examines how the pandemic has impacted shelter operations and efforts to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic and devastating wildfires.
Updated on November 17, 2020
The Salem Statesman Journal reports Salem officials and advocates are considering additional housing options for the more than 1,500 people experiencing homelessness in the city as COVID-19 cases spike and winter looms.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times discusses local homeless service providers’ efforts to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness amid the ongoing pandemic and looming winter.
Updated on November 10, 2020
The Oregon Housing and Community Services Department estimates the state could have a shortage of 10,000 shelter beds, compared to the estimated shortage of 5,814 shelter beds identified in the 2019 Oregon Shelter Study.
The first round of application for the Portland COVID-19 Household Assistance Program closed on October 27, but residents can apply for the one-time payments during the second application window on Friday, October 30, at 1pm.
Updated on November 4, 2020
Four months after the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board allocated $60 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars to provide rental assistance, the majority of funds have not been distributed. According to a report from Oregon Housing and Community Services, approximately 38% of the funds had been distributed to 7,431 households by October 2, while another 11% has been committed to specific households but not yet paid.
Despite the pandemic and wildfires, homelessness remains the most concerning issue for Portlanders and much of the region. According to a new poll, many surveyed voters in the region also say their communities are headed in the wrong direction in addressing homelessness.
KGW8 reports amid the COVID-19 pandemic and devastating wildfires, Salem’s homelessness crisis is challenging, complex, and growing worse.
Updated on October 26, 2020
According to the Oregon COVID-19 Farmworker Study, a collaboration between 11 organizations and research institutions, Oregon’s agricultural laborers have faced heightened risks during the pandemic. Some continue to report insufficient access to personal protective equipment, a lack of social distancing at work sites, and inconsistent access to COVID-19 testing. The data were collected through surveys and interviews with more than 200 farmworkers across the state.
Governor Kate Brown extended Oregon’s eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020, in response to COVID-19 and wildfire emergencies.
Updated on October 5, 2020
Governor Kate Brown on August 31 extended the statewide foreclosure moratorium underlying the provisions of House Bill 4204 to December 31, 2020.
Updated on September 15, 2020
Oregon’s $35 million emergency relief program ended on August 21 after tearing through the federal funds in less than three days. State legislators were shaken by the overwhelming display of need and have called for additional federal assistance. “The state of Oregon does not have those types of resources,” said House Speaker Tina Kotek. “We’re going to keep doing everything we can to step up, but at the end of the day, we need more money from the federal government.”
Updated on September 2, 2020.
More than 200,000 Oregonians had their unemployment benefits cut by at least half when the federal unemployment boost expired at the end of July, leaving tens of thousands of residents concerned about how they will pay their rent, utility payments, and weekly expenses.
The Oregon Bankers Association filed a lawsuit to overturn a recent state law that protects homeowners from foreclosure and other penalties if they are unable to pay their mortgages during the pandemic.
Updated on August 25, 2020.
Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici, joined more than 80 Oregonians in a virtual event on August 11 calling for the Senate to take action on a fourth coronavirus relief package.
Updated on August 19, 2020.
With a statewide eviction moratorium ending this fall, Jackson County has teamed up with United Way to distribute $500,000 to keep struggling households from tumbling off a rent cliff.
Updated on August 11, 2020.
Street Roots published an FAQ to help Oregon renters and homeowners understand the steps they can take to protect themselves from eviction and foreclosure.
Updated on August 4, 2020.
The Oregon Housing Alliance, an NLIHC state partner, released a statement on July 14, referencing the Out of Reach 2020 report and highlighting concerns that the cost of housing in Oregon continues to rise despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updated on July 20, 2020.
Service providers in Multnomah County report that while they haven’t witnessed a spike in need yet, they predict that a rise in homelessness due to the pandemic and its economic fallout is on the horizon.
The Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 4213 on June 26, which extends the state’s eviction moratorium for both residential and commercial properties until September 30. Under H.B. 4213, renters have until March 31, 2021 to pay their back-due rents. Governor Kate Brown expressed support for the bill.
Updated on July 7, 2020.
Housing and homeless advocates in Oregon are urging lawmakers and Governor Kate Brown to provide rental assistance to prevent a wave of evictions when the state’s eviction moratorium expires June 30.
Updated on June 22, 2020.
The Oregon Legislature approved $75 million of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for rental assistance. The Housing and Community Services Department will use $55 million to provide rental assistance for tenants at or below 80% of area median income and $20 million to provide operating support to owners of affordable rental housing projects that have long-term affordability contracts with HCSD.
Oregon Public Broadcasting aired an interview with Andrea Bell, the director of housing stabilization with Oregon Housing and Community Services, and Tim Orr, the education and support hotline manager for Community Alliance of Tenants about how the $55 million in federal funds that were recently allocated for rental assistance will be distributed.
Updated on June 12, 2020.
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.
The Portland City Council unanimously approved the allocation of $8.35 million for rental assistance to residents impacted by the pandemic. The emergency rental assistance was approved as part of the Mayor’s budget, which reallocates $4.5 million in existing federal funds to rent assistance and an additional $3.85 million in Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds.
Updated on June 12, 2020.
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.
The city of Eugene is considering locating a new homeless shelter in a facility that Lane County purchased for $1.8 million to house people experiencing homelessness who have tested positive or are suspected of having the coronavirus. The city council and county board of commissioners will meet within the next month to discuss the possibility of converting the River Avenue Alternative Care Center into a shelter.
Eugene is considering “microsites” as a new means to provide temporary shelter during the pandemic. The first microsite is underway at Skinner City Farm and is managed by Community Supported Shelters.
Updated on June 29, 2020.
Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.
No action--including charging late fees, providing notice, filing in court--can be taken by landlords in evictions for nonpayment through the expiration of the moratorium. The new legislation gives renters a 6 month grace period after the moratorium expires to repay their rent and prohibits reporting to consumer credit agencies.
Updated: August 1
In the third week of July, 17.4% of adults in Oregon reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, over one hundred thousand renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.
Updated: July 29
According to a weekly Census survey, 134, 741 renters in Oregon did not pay their June rent, with an additional 3,234 indicating they had deferred their June rent payment.
Updated: July 16COVID-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