Lane County receives additional COVID-19 Rent Relief from State of Oregon

Lane County receives additional COVID-19 Rent Relief from State of Oregon
Posted on 03/11/2021

Lane County Human Services Division has received State of Oregon Supporting Tenants Accessing Rental Relief (STARR) funding in the amount of $4,071,554. This is much needed emergency rental assistance for residents of Lane County who have suffered economic impacts or health disparities due to COVID-19.

 

The new funding, Supporting Tenants Accessing Rental Relief (STARR), was approved by the State Legislature as part of the recent eviction moratorium legislation passed in December.  It is intended to assist tenants who are behind in rent due to financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In 2020, Lane County and partner nonprofit service agencies distributed $7,110,742.00 in rent assistance to 1,725 households (4,516 individuals) through 34 projects.

 

Applications for the new funding will be open on Friday, March 19, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST. This application is for Lane County residents with household income at or below 80% Area Median Income. A link to the online application and information phone line will be posted on the website www.LaneCounty.org/RENT.

 

Applicants for STARR 2021 COVID Rental Assistance program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a renter living in Lane County
  • Have income at or below 80% area median income
  • Experienced loss of income due to COVID-19 related factors, impacted by business closure due to COVID-19, or experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Or diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19, or have compromised health status due to COVID-19

 

To apply, visit www.LaneCounty.org/RENT on March 19 between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. PST. Applicants will fill out a short application that should take approximately 5 minutes. Once the application closes, applications will be prioritized based on income, unemployment history, and need. As applicants are processed they will be contacted to fill out the full application online, including uploading documents (cell phone pictures are acceptable) and verifying landlord contact information.

 

While applying online is the quickest way to receive this assistance, those unable to apply online can call Lane County’s Rent Assistance information line on March 19 for assistance completing the application on the phone. The number is (541) 682-3776. Callers can leave a message with their contact information. Interested applicants will be contacted directly to complete the application over the phone. This service is available in English and Spanish.

 

For more information, visit www.LaneCounty.org/RENT.