Rent Assistance

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Welcome! 

If you are interested in applying for assistance to pay your rent or utilities, you may qualify for help from Lane County.

Applicants will not be asked about their citizenship, nor will they be required to show proof of citizenship for rent assistance. 

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Lane County Rent and Utility Assistance

Applications for Lane County Rent and Utility Assistance will next be open Friday June 25th at 9 a.m. to Monday June 28th at 5 p.m. and posted on this website at www.lanecountyor.gov/rent. For assistance completing the application over the phone, call (541) 682-3776 during this time period.

The application will be opening on the 2nd Friday of each month for the remainder of 2021. These are the upcoming dates applications for Lane County Rental Assistance will be available online and over the phone.

  • Friday June 25th at 9 a.m. to Monday June 28th at 5 p.m.
  • Friday July 9th at 9 a.m. to Monday July 12th at 5 p.m.
  • Friday August 13th at 9 a.m. to Monday July 16th at 5 p.m.

If you applied for rent and utility assistance through the State Oregon Rental Assistance website, you have already applied for this help. You do not need to reapply.  
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State of Oregon Landlord Compensation Fund

The third round of the Landlord Compensation Fund opened on June 1st and will close June 18th at 5 p.m. Landlords can apply at www.lcf.oregon.gov/lcf

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Eviction Moratorium

On May 19th, 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed SB 282, the Tenant COVID Protection bill. This bill extends the grace period for repayment of past-due back rent after the eviction moratorium expires on June 30, 2021.

The Eviction Moratorium ends on June 30, 2021. As of July 1, tenants must pay current rent on-time, or face eviction for non-payment. Tenants cannot be evicted for back-due rent from April 2020 through June 2021 until February 28, 2022. This is not legal advice from Lane County.

For more information about the Eviction Moratorium, visit Oregon Law Help's website.
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Additional Resources 

We recognize that COVID-19 has created huge disruptions in all of our lives and we know that that many people in our community are experiencing reduced income, as well as health concerns. The need for financial assistance is great and we are working diligently to help as many people as swiftly as possible.
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Oregon Law Center/Lane County Legal Aid
Legal advice regarding evictions, landlord/tenant disputes, expungements, domestic violence, immigration, etc.
If you have legal questions about eviction, inability to pay rent, or landlord practices, and would like Oregon Law Center to contact you, please fill out this form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/LaneCounty1/oregonlawcenter Call (541-485-1017) and apply over the phone. Intake staff will call you back and interview for eligibility and follow-up.
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Springfield Eugene Tenant Association (SETA):
https://www.springfieldeugenetenantassociation.com/

The Springfield Eugene Tenant Association is a tenant-based public service organization dedicated to renters' rights and interests. Their free hotline is available to any renter who has a question or concern regarding their tenancy: 541-972-3715. 


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Oregon Law Help: 
https://oregonlawhelp.org/

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Local service provider White Bird Clinic has compiled a comprehensive social services directory available here: https://whitebirdclinic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Little-Help-Book-2020.pdf

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There may be other assistance in the community for which you qualify. Please check the Lane County COVID-19 Long-Term Recovery webpage for updates regarding rent and energy assistance programs. You may check 211info.org or call 211 for additional resources.

 

About Lane County Rent Assistance Programs

Following Department of Treasury guidance, Lane County Rent Assistance Programs will prioritize applicants with the lowest income, highest amount of rent owed, and who have been unemployed 90 days or longer. Those who have suffered the negative effects from the 2020 Wildfires will also receive prioritization. 

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This funding is from the Department of Treasury and was approved in the American Rescue Plan. Lane County has access to funds directly and through the State of Oregon. If you received Rent Relief from a different program before, you may be eligible to receive these Treasury funds. If you applied for rent and utility assistance through the State website, you have already applied for this help. You do not need to reapply.  

 

Accessibility 

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To request accommodations due to a disability, you may call us at (541) 682-3776 or send us an email to LCHSHSDRENTASSIST@lanecountyor.gov with the title “Accommodation Request.” 

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Lane County Rent Assistance Programs utilize the following income eligibility guidelines: 

LANE COUNTY AMI 2021

HH SIZE

80% AMI Gross Monthly Income

80% AMI Gross Annual Income

1

$3,325

$39,900

2

$3,800

$45,600

3

$4,275

$51,300

4

$4,746

$56,950

5

$5,129

$61,550

6

$5,508

$66,100

7

$5,888

$70,650

8

$6,267

$75,200

 


There may be other programs for which you may be eligible.  You may check 211info.org for more information. 

 

Policies

Lane County Rent Assistance Programs: Denial and Grievance Policy

Lane County Rent Assistance Programs Fraud Policy

Politica de Fraude

Documentation Checklist

Applicant must provide verification of identity with the following documentation order of preference:

 

First Preference (Government Issued Photo ID)

  • Driver's license or ID card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies or entities, or issued by other, foreign government entity
  •  U.S. or Foreign Passport, or Passport Card
  • Native Tribal card or ID
  • Government Employee Photo ID card or badge
  • U.S. Military ID
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card

 

Second Preference (Non-Photo ID or Non-government issued Photo ID)*

  • Social Security Card
  •  Voter Registration Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Non-government employee Photo ID card or badge
  • School or University ID with a photo
  • Benefits letter(s) for SSI, SSDI, etc.
  • Medicaid or other Healthcare card

 

Third Preference (Third Party Verification)*

  • Utility bill in your name
  •  Credit card statement
  • Letter from Landlord, Employer, Other Entity confirming your Identity
  • Rental or Vehicle Insurance Card
  • Other non-photo forms of ID with name, date of birth, SSN, etc.

 

*Third Preference items will require at least two items be provided and agency must document attempts to obtain First or Secondary preference ID and reasons this was not able to be provided.

 

If the agency has a reason to believe an individual is providing false identification or is attempting to commit fraud, the application may be denied and the applicant will have an opportunity to appeal or file a grievance to have the denial reviewed in accordance with the agency's grievance policy.



General Documentation:

  • Completed application for Rent Assistance
  • A copy of current rental agreement or lease


Income documentation - Documentation of all income received in the past 30 days by adults in household that are not full-time students. This includes:

  • Documentation of earned income (examples: pay stubs, profit and loss statement if self-employed)
  • Benefit award letters for unearned income (examples: current year social security letter, pension letter, unemployment, cash assistance, etc...)
  • Documentation of all State funds received related to COVID-19
  • Documentation of all Federal funds received related to COVID-19
  • Documentation of all other funds received related to COVID-19
  • Loss of income documentation (i.e. Unemployment documentation, pink slip/layoff notice, documented conversations with employer, etc.)
  • If income statements are not available for 30 days prior to the assessment, applicant must self-certify the previous 30 days of income.

 

Housing Status Documentation:

  • If Household is at Imminent Risk of Homelessness or Unstably Housed
    • Written documentation from landlord of past due rent
    • Written documentation from landlord of risk of eviction after moratorium is lifted
  • If Household is Literally Homeless
    • Third Party Certification of Homelessness
    • If unable to get third party certification, Self-certification of Homelessness is allowable
  • If Household is Fleeing Domestic Violence
    • Indicate on Program Application

 Additional Documentation

  • All payments require a W-9 to be completed for the party receiving the payment. If you are unsure if your landlord, utility company, etc. already has a W-9 on file, please contact the access agency you are applying through directly.
  • Rental Payments
    • Written notice from landlord showing unpaid rent balance
  • Utility Payments
    • Written notice from Utility company showing unpaid balance

Partner Agencies

Lane County is working with multiple nonprofit partner agencies to process applications as quickly as we can. Your application may be referred to one of the following agencies for processing. 

Catholic Community Services

Centro Latino Americano

Community Sharing Program

ShelterCare 

Siuslaw Outreach Services

St. Vincent de Paul First Place Family Center

Looking Glass

Homes for Good

For questions, call Lane County Rent Assistance at 541-682-3776 or email LCHSHSDRentAssist@lanecountyor.gov