Community Support

(Updated July 16, 2021)

The City of Eugene is working hard with our partners at Lane County and Springfield to ensure our community has important information about local, state and federal resources to help residents and businesses significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these programs and services are available to everyone regardless of where you live. All Eugene residents regardless of immigration status are eligible for City of Eugene programs and services.

  1. Housing Support
  2. Food Support
  3. Mental Health
  4. Utilities
  5. Schools

Resources for Renters

Rent Repayment Period Extended to February 2022

Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 282 into law, a bill that extends the repayment period for residential rent accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill gives renters until February 28, 2022 to repay all rent accrued between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Oregon’s residential eviction moratorium remains in effect through June 30, 2021 (see below).

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program is paused to new applicants as of December 1, 2021 at 11:59pm. Other resources are available, please visit the Tenant Resources page for more information.

Statewide Eviction Moratorium

The statewide eviction moratorium (HB 4401) will last until June 30, 2021. This means that, with limited exceptions, landlords cannot evict renters for nonpayment or without cause until July of 2021. 

The protections for renters under the statewide moratorium are not automatic! To be protected from eviction for nonpayment after December 31, 2020, renters must fill out and sign a sworn declaration of financial hardship and give it to their landlords in order to be protected from eviction. 

Additional Resources

  • Lane County Rent Assistance
  • Springfield-Eugene Tenant Association (SETA)
    SETA is a nonprofit dedicated to renters’ rights and interests. SETA manages a hotline for renters: 541-972-3715, online submissions may also be made.
  • Access the Law (ALT)
     ATL provides quality legal services for working and low-income families and individuals, including landlord tenant law.
  • Oregon Law Center/Legal Aid of Lane County 
     The Lane County Legal Aid Office of OLC serves the low-income community throughout Lane County. 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.
  • DevNW
     DevNW is an organization that wants to grow vibrant Northwest communities by empowering the region’s individuals, families, small businesses, and neighborhoods.
  • 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. 

Resources for Landlords and Property Managers 

  • Landlord Compensation Fund
     Landlords who are owed rent may apply to the Landlord Compensation Fund, which is a voluntary program that will pay 80% of tenants’ rent debt accrued April 1, 2020 to present (the remaining 20% must be forgiven). 
  • Rental Owners Association in Lane County
     The Rental Owners Association is a member-based, non-profit organization of residential landlords and property managers in Lane County, offering education and support. A list of vital links that landlords need for their tenants during the COVID-19 crisis is located on the main page of its website.
  • Oregon Rental Housing Association
     The Oregon Rental Housing Association is a statewide organization of those involved in the rental housing industry, working together to safeguard the economic investment of its members, develop and promote high standards, encourage fair and equitable relationship service, promote reasonable laws and regulation, and to link members and association through an effective communication network. 

Resources for Homeowners

Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced extensions of the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) foreclosure and eviction moratoriums, as well as an extension of the initial start date of a COVID-19 Forbearance. FHA’s foreclosure and eviction moratorium is in effect through June 30, 2021. Update: House Bill 2009 extended Oregon’s mortgage foreclosure moratorium for residential properties until September 30, 2021.

HUD urges all homeowners who are able to make their mortgage payments to continue to do so. However, homeowners who need COVID-19 mortgage payment assistance should contact their mortgage servicer immediately or consider contacting a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. Homeowners may also visit HUD’s Coronavirus Relief for Homeowners web page or HUD’s COVID-19 Resources for Native Americans webpage for additional information and resources.

If you anticipate having difficulty paying your mortgage contact your lender or mortgage servicer as soon as possible to see if your mortgage may qualify for federal programs related to COVID-19.

  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Extend Foreclosure Moratoriums Through June 30, 2021
    The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Government-Sponsored Enterprises, or GSEs) will extend their respective foreclosure moratoriums on GSE-backed single-family loans until June 30, 2021.
  • DevNW
    DevNW has information about financial preparation for COVID-19. They also offer a number of online classes related to financial well-being, including foreclosure avoidance counseling and mortgage payment assistance.
  • Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI)
     OHSI helps Oregonians who have gotten behind on their mortgage or property tax payments because of a change in their financial situation. They also offer support for people who are living on a fixed income or received a default notice on a reverse mortgage.

Additional Resources