Oregon’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program portal will close next Monday
SALEM, Oregon (KTVZ) – Oregon Housing and Community Services announced at a press conference on Monday that the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program portal will close and stop accepting new applications on Monday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m. PT after distributing more than $289 million in federal assistance to emergency rental to over 40,000 households throughout the pandemic
The portal reopened on January 26, 2022 for a limited time after the Oregon Legislature allocated $100 million to support tenants facing eviction. The state had suspended accepting a new application on December 1, 2022, due to dwindling federal funds.
Due to demonstrated continued need and feedback from community and housing stakeholders, OHCS has redirected additional resources to help tenants apply for ORAP. Nearly $13 million in funds have been redirected to more tenants asking for help. The additional funds will support approximately 1,900 households. After review, applications will be approved for payment or declined; This decision will be made on the basis the The highest needand not on a first-come, first-served basis.
During this historic crisis, the agency was a national leader in providing housing assistance to over 40,500 households, meaning that approximately 104,600 people in the households served were able to remain safely housed. and at an affordable price during the pandemic. Only Three other states provided a higher percentage of assistance, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, ranking Oregon 4th in the nation for the percentage of emergency rent assistance funds paid and required. More than $289 million has been donated over the past nine months.
“The additional resources have enabled OHCS to keep the portal open longer than originally planned. Oregon tenants will have more time. Those who have applied – or will apply for AEPO – will be protected from eviction until their application is processed,” said Jill Smith, Acting Director of Housing Stabilization at OHCS. “This program was set up as a temporary program to help those most affected by the pandemic and, unfortunately, it will soon be ending.”
Information to tenants on the closing of the gate
The ORAP portal will remain open until March 14, thanks to the additional $13 million. Here is some important information for tenants:
- If someone has already submitted an application or started an application, closing the portal will not affect them immediately. Requests that have been submitted previously will still be processed.
- Applicants can continue to login to the AEPO portal to complete their application or check the status of their completed application. They will be alerted by email as their application progresses.
- Anyone who has not applied for ORAP in the past and has fallen behind on rent is encouraged to apply for Emergency Housing Assistance by 11:59 p.m. on March 14 at oregonrentalassistance.org.