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Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and Local Program Administrators (LPA) continue to make significant progress in processing applications for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP).
To date, the OHCS and LPAs have paid $ 157.5 million in federal emergency rent assistance to 23,155 claimants, up from $ 149.8 million and 22,128 claimants last week. The agency is ranked 8th in the country in percentage of funds disbursed and committed.
During today’s press conference, the OHCS announced that the break in accepting new PARO applications begins today, December 1 at 11.59pm. Based on amount of funding that was requested through claims that were paid and are currently in the queue, the state estimates that almost all of the $ 289 million in federal emergency rental assistance that we have received so far ‘have now been requested by tenants.
“As we look to the December vacation, our top priority continues to keep families safe and in affordable housing. We know that Oregonians who are behind on rent are stressed and scared, ”said Margaret Salazar, director of OHCS. “The governor’s call for a special session on housing to keep families housed during this difficult time is the right call and we are confident the legislature will reach consensus on additional measures to protect tenants. Tenants in Oregon need more time, and the program needs more funding.
Rental assistance is available in many localities – through programs that operate independently of OERAP. Some cities and counties have received emergency rental assistance funds directly from the US Department of the Treasury, and these programs are expected to have funds available. They understand:
City of Portland and Multnomah County, 503-222-5555
Clackamas County, 503-655-8575
Lane County, 541-682-3776
Marion County, 971-706-1364
Washington County, 503-615-0770
People can also contact 211 or community action agencies in their area.
If someone has already submitted an application or started an application, the break will not affect them. Those who have started their applications will still be able to complete them, and previously submitted applications will still be processed. Applicants can continue to log into the OERAP 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 fallen behind on rent or may be behind on December rent is encouraged to apply for emergency rent assistance by 11:59 p.m. on December 1 at oregonrentalassistance.org.
Progress and figures updated
Through its three-point plan, OHCS and its processing partner, Public Partnerships LLC (PPL), have made significant strides in speeding up claims processing in recent weeks. Currently 150 PPL staff are processing requests with a focus on requests outside of the 60/90 day Safe Harbor period. During the past week, PPL processed nearly 547 requests, exceeding its target of 500 requests.
To date, the OHCS and the LPAs have:
· Paid $ 157,576,939 to landlords and tenants to help 23,155 households in Oregon.
· Processing and committing additional funds of $ 27.4 million for 3,265 households.
· Received over 55,736 completed requests.
Visit the OERAP dashboard for more data.
Source: Oregon Housing and Community Services