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Eligibility for rent assistance in Multnomah County

Happy black family hugging and embracing on couchIf you are a Multnomah County resident and are struggling to pay your rent (current and overdue) due to the pandemic, you may be eligible to receive assistance. You must meet all the below criteria to be eligible:  

  1. You are a renter in Oregon behind on your payments.

  2. One or more members of your household can demonstrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has directly or indirectly impacted their ability to pay rent or utilities.

  3. Your annual household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income for your household size.

Please be aware that Oregon’s statewide eviction moratorium, which has protected renters from being evicted for nonpayment of rent throughout the pandemic, expires on June 30. 

This means that starting July 1, tenants must pay their current rent every month to avoid being evicted for nonpayment. If you are unable to stay current, you will be at risk of eviction.

Help is available.

Two ways to apply for help

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Allita): Online application portal for statewide rental assistance. Be sure to apply here if you need help paying either your rent for July or back rent that you’ve accrued between April 2020 and June 2021.

211info: The waitlist opens periodically; if it’s closed, continue to check back regularly for updates. Being placed on the waitlist does not guarantee assistance. Starting July 1, if you or your household receive an eviction notice for nonpayment of your July rent, call 211 immediately to learn about rapid-payment rent assistance that may help you avoid eviction.

You are protected from eviction through June

The statewide eviction moratorium prohibits landlords from evicting people who are unable to pay their rent until June 30, 2021. Tenants cannot be evicted for owing rent for the months between April 2020 and June 2021, and have until February 28, 2022 to pay that rent back.

For eviction protection, renters must sign and return a “Declaration of Financial Hardship for Eviction Protection” form to their landlord stating that they are unable to afford their rent.

Who is prioritized?

Rent relief is not first come, first served. Households are prioritized based on need. Resources are limited, and submitting an application does not guarantee access to assistance. Staff are working hard to assist families as funds and capacity allow. 

Income eligibility

Use the chart below to see if you are income-eligible.

Household Size 80% Area Median Income (AMI)
1 $54,150
2 $61,900
3 $69,650
4 $77,350
5 $83,550
6 $89,750
7 $95,950
8 $102,150