Eligibility Verification for Rent Assistance in Multnomah County

If 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:  

  1. You are a renter in Oregon behind on your payments.
  2. One or more members of your household can demonstrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has directly or indirectly impacted their ability to pay rent or utilities.
  3. Your annual household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income for your household size. Use this chart to determine your income eligibility.

Ways to Apply for Rental Assistance

1) Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP/Allita): Online application portal for statewide rental assistance. Be sure to apply here if you need help paying either your current rent or back rent that you’ve accrued between April 2020 and June 2021.

  • OERAP portal is closed
  • Tenants may also be supported by local rental programs that are operating in specific regions and can also receive assistance from local program administrators in completing their OERAP applications.

2) 211info:

***WAITLIST STATUS***

The Waitlist is CLOSED as of 11:25am Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

  • 211info is maintaining a centralized rent assistance waitlist, in partnership with Multnomah County and other community based organizations, that will periodically be open based on the amount of referrals community partners are able to assist with.
    • ELIGIBILITY:
      • Households who DO NOT have a pending OERAP application
        • Households who have already applied for OERAP should log into the OERAP portal to check the status of their application and complete any unfinished tasks or can reach out to their local program administrator as listed on the OERAP website.
      • Have financially been impacted by COVID (Ex. loss of employment/couldn’t find employment, kids home from school, or extra medical expenses, or had to quarantine, etc.).
      • Households who have NOT received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent for the current month.
    • Households who have a current eviction notice for non-payment or rent should call 2-1-1 immediately to learn about rapid-payment rent assistance that may help you avoid eviction.

3) Other Forms of Rental Assistance:

  • Tenants may also be supported by local rental programs that are operating in specific regions
  • There also may be other community-based organizations that can assist with rent. Our Community Information Team is here to help you navigate your way to finding resources in your community. To speak with a Community Information Specialist about resources in your area:
    • CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    • TEXT your zip code to 898211 (TXT211), Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
    • EMAIL help@211info.org, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
    • PHONE 24 hours per day / 7 days a week
    • ONLINE DATABASE
    • MOBILE APP
      AREA SERVED
      Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties in Washington; State of Oregon

Who is Prioritized?

Rent relief is not first come, first served. 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.


Information About Eviction Protections

Oregon’s statewide eviction moratorium expired on June 30, 2021, and is no longer active. 

However, there are other protections currently in place. If tenants provide documentation of their application of rental assistance to their landlords by July 1, 2022, they are protected from evictions for non-payment of rent through September 30, 2022.

More information on the current protections can be found here.

Tenants should apply for rent assistance right away.

If you have additional questions about how and when to submit evidence of your application, please contact your rent assistance provider or Oregon Law CenterCommunity Alliance of Tenants or Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

What to do if You Receive an Eviction Notice

If you receive a notice of eviction for nonpayment, call 2-1-1 immediately to get directly connected to information and resources about rapid-payment rent assistance that can stand as a last defense against eviction.

Renters who need legal advice can find support from community resources such as Oregon Law Center, Community Alliance of Tenants or Legal Aid Services of Oregon.


Rent Assistance Income Eligibility Chart

Household Size80% AMI
1$54,150
2$61,900
3$69,650
4$77,350
5$83,550
6$89,750
7$95,950
8$102,150

Demand will exceed available assistance: COVID-19 continues to negatively impact many more households than there are resources available to assist. While we will continue to encourage Federal and State partners to provide additional funding, and even as that additional funding is received and distributed, meeting eligibility requirements will not guarantee access to assistance. We strongly encourage all households facing potential eviction to continue exploring all options.

Documents to have ready:

  • For renters:
    • Income verification (pay stubs, bank statement) from the last 30 days
    • Documents showing any past-due housing costs (rent amount, late fee notice or court order or email verification from landlord), copy of bills for moving costs, etc.
    • Written Eviction Notice – if available.
    • If you cannot immediately provide these documents, self-certification might be an option. Let the provider you’re working with know. 
  • For landlords/property managers: In addition, landlords will need to complete a current W-9 and sign an agreement to receive payments. Provider agencies will send that form to landlords or property managers and work with them directly on your behalf.

You all are always so kind and have big hearts. Thank you for your help.

- Multnomah County rent assistance caller