Housing Support

Housing Support

(Updated June 1, 2020)

Below is a list of housing resources for Renters, Landlords & Property Managers and Homeowners available during the COVID-19 crisis. This list will be updated on a regular basis. Please keep in mind that organizations below may take longer to respond than usual.

  1. Resources for Renters
  2. Resources for Landlords & Property Managers
  3. Resources for Homeowners
  4. Mediation & Mental Health Supports to Help Prevent Evictions
  5. Other Resources

Applications for Rent Assistance for Lane County Renters Open June 3 at 10 a.m.

Eligibility applications for rent assistance for Lane County renters open on Wednesday, June 3, at 10 a.m. The eligibility application is an online form that will be available at www.lanecounty.org/rent. A total of $930,000 is available. The funding was provided by the State of Oregon’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. Eligible households will be served on a first-come, first-served basis for expenses acquired from April 1, 2020 to the present. To be eligible for rent relief, 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.

Evicition Moratorium

Governor Kate Brown on March 22, 2020 issued Executive Order 20-11, placing a temporary moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment in light of the public health emergency caused by the spread of Coronavirus in Oregon. The order, which is effective for 90 days, prohibits landlords from initiating residential eviction proceedings, authorizes local governments to enact additional protections against both residential and commercial evictions and suspend foreclosures, and requires the various Oregon Public Utilities Agencies to regularly monitor and publish measures undertaken by utility companies in response to COVID-19. On April 1, 2020 the Governor issued another order expanding eviction for non-payment protections including a moratorium on issuing notices. Also read Oregon Law Center’s Evictions Update (May 18, 2020) for Oregon During the COVID-19 Emergency.

While the Executive Order provides a temporary hold on evictions, it is best to seek assistance if you anticipate having difficulty paying your rent.  

  • Springfield-Eugene Tenant Association (SETA): Is a nonprofit dedicated to renters’ rights and interests. They accomplish their goals by assisting, educating, and empowering tenants in the Springfield-Eugene area. SETA manages a hotline for renters that is operational: 541-972-3715, online submissions may also be made.  
  • Access the Law (ALT): Is a nonprofit legal services organization assisting and representing community members of modest means. ATL provides quality legal services for working and low-income families and individuals, including landlord tenant law.
  • City of Eugene Rental Housing Code: The goal of the Rental Housing Code program is to help renters and owners communicate with each other so they can resolve their issues without further City involvement or legal action. A list of rental housing code standards is available. Complaints may be submitted online. Messages may be left by calling 541-682-8282. Staff are adapting their procedures in the interest of community safety.
  • DevNW: Is an organization that wants to grow vibrant Northwest communities by empowering the region’s individuals, families, small businesses, and neighborhoods. DevNW has information about financial preparation for COVID-19. They also offer a number of online classes related to financial well-being.
  • Fair Housing Council of Oregon: The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a statewide civil rights organization whose mission is to eliminate housing discrimination through access to enforcement and education. FHCO has a statewide hotline for people to call to ask question about, or report housing discrimination. Due to COVID-19, the hotline has been suspended; however, questions and complaints may be submitted online.
  • Oregon Law Center/Legal Aid of Lane County: The Lane County Legal Aid Office of OLC serves the low-income community throughout Lane County. They accept cases based on priorities that are set through a client needs assessment. While they do intakes on a wide variety of issues, the cases typically handled are related to housing, benefits, family law and issues of domestic violence. The office may be reached by calling 541-485-1017 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Callers should be prepared to leave a call back number.

    Legal Aid Services of Oregon and Oregon Law Center have created a one-page document, Oregon Tenant Rights During COVIV-19, summarizing new state and federal tenant protections related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the fact that it is now illegal in Oregon for a landlord to give tenants an eviction notice or a notice of violation for non-payment of rent, non-payment of fees, or non-payment of utilities between now and June 30, 2020. The document also highlights additional legal resources available to renters.

    Watch their video on Housing Protections for Tenants in Oregon during COVID-19.

If you are aware of additional COVID-19 related housing resources for this page, please email Teresa Kennedy.