Rent Assistance

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Eligibility applications for rent assistance for Lane County renters open on Wednesday, July 15, at 9:00 a.m. and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22.  The eligibility application is an online form that will be available at www.lanecounty.org/rent.

 

A total of $5.1 million is available. The funding was provided by the federal COVID-19 CARES Act.

 

Eligible households that complete an application will be selected for funding via lottery for expenses acquired beginning on March 1, 2020.

To be eligible for rent assistance, the applicant’s dwelling unit must be located in Lane County and there must be an active rental agreement or lease in the applicant’s name. If the applicant is homeless, there must be a lease in place for the new unit, or a signed agreement from the landlord that the lease will be signed upon payment.

 

The applicant must be able to document:

 

  1. A loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19;

 

OR

 

2) Have compromised health status or an elevated risk of infection and vulnerability to impacts to health as related to COVID-19 and that a loss of housing would cause a health jeopardy related to COVID-19 for the applicant.

 


Income Guidelines

 

The applicant’s household income must be at or below 80 percent of the Lane County Area Median Income Level (AMI).

 

LANE COUNTY AMI 2020

HH SIZE

80% AMI Gross Monthly Income

80% AMI Gross Annual Income

1

$3,267

$39,204

2

$3,733

$44,796

3

$4,200

$50,400

4

$4,667

$56,004

5

$5,042

$60,504

6

$5,417

$65,004

7

$5,788

$69,456

8

$6,163

$73,956

 

Income includes the current gross income of the primary applicant and all adult household members at the time of assessment. Income earned by household members who are minors or full-time students, and are not considered heads of household, is excluded.

The COVID-19 unemployment bonus of $600 per week is NOT counted as part of gross income.


Eligible Expenses

  1. Housing and move-in costs such as rent payments and arrearages
  2. Manufactured home rental space “lot rents”
  3. Utility payments and arrearages (Other utility assistance programs must be deferred to first, utility assistance is only eligible when other utility assistance cannot be obtained and providing utility assistance is necessary to ensure stability in housing)
  4. Moving costs, security and utility deposits and application fees
  5. Housing relocation assistance


Application Process

 
  1. Applicants will complete the application online at www.lanecounty.org/rent or by calling Lane County’s non-emergency COVID-19 call center at 541-682-1380.
  2. Eligible applications selected by lottery will be forwarded to the access agency requested by the applicant.
  3. The access agency will follow up with the applicant to process the application, and distribute funds directly to landlords or utility companies.


Applicants will need to provide documentation for identification (ID), income documentation, housing status documentation and, if needed, health status documentation. Applicants will also be asked to provide a written notice from their landlords and/or utility company showing the unpaid balance. Applicants can upload the required documents into the online application form at the time they apply, or later by editing their application.


Applicants may receive assistance for multiple months through December 30, 2020. Payments to landlords will be issued monthly and applicants may need to recertify before the end of the year.





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