TAKE ACTION NOW to HELP STOP COVID Evictions!
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Oregonians spoke out last year and state lawmakers passed an extended moratorium against evictions that helped keep people safe and stable in their homes. The moratorium ends on June 30, 2021. If people owe back rent, they could be evicted in July. We must take action!
SB 282 is under debate in Salem. It would extend the grace period to pay back rent through February, 2022, giving families and individuals a little more time to apply for rent assistance or catch up on their rent. This important bill will also protect rent and credit records for people who have fallen behind so they won’t be screened out of renting in the future and extends protections against landlord retaliation.
We know this has been a hard year for so many Oregonians. Working parents, BIPOC Oregonians and low-income workers have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. That leaves renting families who owe back rent vulnerable to eviction for the foreseeable future through no fault of their own. Here is a story from one Salem mother:
“ I have three young boys home with me and the past months have been really stressful. We haven’t been able to work since COVID and have fallen behind thousands in rent. We’ve had to accrue other debt and haven’t even been able to pay our water and electric bill. I’m trying to do everything I can to help my family get by, but even so we’re running out of food for the kids at the end of the month.” Christy Hernandez, Salem.
We can’t let people fall through the cracks as Oregon starts to recover.