Qualified renters may submit applications to the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) for funding to pay rent, rent arrears, future rent and certain home utility costs.
NeighborImpact is the regional community action agency partnering with OHCS to administer approximately $12.9 million of OERAP funds in Central Oregon and is available to answer questions and assist folks with completing and submitting applications.
“The need for rent assistance during this unexpected and difficult time in history has been constant,” said NeighborImpact Bilingual Rent Relief Specialist, Ingrid Sanchez. “We are very fortunate to have an awesome team of rent relief intake specialists who are able to help our Central Oregon community with providing rent assistance in such an efficient manner.”
Every renter that applies through the state’s application portal will have their application reviewed by NeighborImpact, and relief resources will be distributed to those who meet the following federal eligibility requirements:
- Have income less than 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) which varies by county;
- Have an individual in the household who has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic;
- Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to past-due rent or utilities.
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until 2022 or until program funds run out. In most cases, payment will be made by NeighborImpact directly to the landlord or utility provider. Those applying through NeighborImpact’s website will be redirected to the OERA portal, as required by the Treasury.