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:  

  • Are you seeking assistance to pay rent? Do you have an unpaid rent balance for your primary rental residence that begins on or after March 13, 2020?

  • Has anyone in the household experienced reduction/loss of income since April 1, 2020 related to COVID-19? (and/or incurred significant expenses OR other financial hardships OR qualified for unemployment benefits)

  • Do you have a past-due rent notice, an eviction notice, or can you demonstrate housing instability or risk of homelessness, and/or need assistance paying future rent?

Note: your household income must be at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income for Multnomah County (see bottom of page for income chart).

Two ways to apply

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Allita): Online application portal for statewide rental assistance. 

211info: The waitlist opens periodically; if it’s closed, continue to check back regularly for updates. Being placed on the wait list does not guarantee assistance.

You are protected from eviction

Because of the statewide eviction moratorium, it is unlawful for landlords to evict people who are unable to pay their rent until at least June 30, 2021.

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 serve. 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.

Income eligibility chart for Multnomah County