A limited number of applications for assistance for Lane County renters will be available beginning Friday.
Due to limited funding from the federal COVID-19 CARES Act, officials predict the applications will fill up quickly. In the initial rent assistance eligibility screening from July 15-22, Lane County received 1,575 applications.
The eligibility application will be available online at lanecounty.org/rent at 9 a.m. Oct. 16.
Applicants must be able to document a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 or demonstrate an elevated risk of infection and vulnerability to health impacts related to the disease. Additionally, applicants in the latter category will need to demonstrate that a loss of housing would cause a health jeopardy related to COVID-19.
The applicant’s household income must be at or below 80% of the Lane County’s Area Median Income Level. That’s $39,204 for a household of one, $44,796 for two, $50,400 for three, $56,004 for four and $60,504 for five. More information on Lane County’ AMI can be found on Lane County’s website. Rent assistance can be used for rent payments and owed rent money, manufactured home rental space and housing relocation assistance.
- Renters can complete the application online at lanecounty.org/rent or by calling Lane County’s Rent Assistance Line at 541-682-3371;
- Eligible applications will be forwarded to local social service agencies;
- The 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 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 showing amounts owed. Renters can upload the required documents into the online application form at the time they apply, or later by editing their application.
Applicants may be eligible to receive assistance through Dec. 30, 2020. Payments to landlords will be issued monthly and applicants may need to recertify before the end of the year.
Depending on available funding, the application may open again in November.
Moratorium rent extended
Gov. Kate Brown established a new moratorium putting off residential evictions for non-payment and other no-cause evictions until Dec. 31, 2020.
Brown’s eviction moratorium was originally set to expire at the end of September but was extended after wildfires caused widespread devastation.
Contact reporter Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick at [email protected] or 541-338-2454, and follow her on Twitter @TatianaSophiaPT. Want more stories like this? Subscribe to get unlimited access and support local journalism.