Oregon is offering rental and utilities assistance

SALEM, Ore. – The federal eviction moratorium ended this past weekend. If you or someone you know is still struggling with meeting past and current payments on rent or utilities the State of Oregon can help.

The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available for those who have been affected by COVID-19. The program will cover up to 12 months of past-due rent and 3 months of forward rent. The program can also help cover utilities, such as gas and water.

“We all have to be kind to ourselves and understand we are living in extraordinary times. The past year and the pandemic and in our region wildfires have put pressures on people who are able to get by on their own,” said State Rep. Pam Marsh.

Local Oregonians can apply through the state’s housing and community website or through ACCESS. The program is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so don’t hold off if you need assistance. The program is open to anyone in need of assistance, regardless of immigration status.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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