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Thousands of Oregonians risk losing homes due to eviction moratorium expiring

Starting August 1st, thousands of Oregonians could be waking up to an eviction notice hanging on their front door.

Posted: Jul 31, 2021 7:07 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Starting August 1st, thousands of Oregonians could be waking up to an eviction notice hanging on their front door.

This comes as congress did not extend the nationwide eviction moratorium this week.

Although the state moratorium ended June 30,  the federal one expires July 31.

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The eviction moratorium prevents landlords from kicking out residents who don't pay their rent-- it has been in place since March 2020. It was part of the Coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security act.

An estimated 3.6 million Americans may lose a roof over their head.

Although Oregon lifted most restrictions in June, many are still wondering why this expiration is so soon, considering the pandemic isn't over yet.

Tim Morris, the Springfield Eugene Tenant Association executive director, said there are some additional protections you can take right now to buy some time if you're behind on payments—it's called renters assistance.

"Apply, look into it right now," Morris said. "It takes time to process your application, and it takes time to receive those funds, but there are protections for folks that have an application in their hand saying 'I have applied for rent assistance, outlined in senate bill 278.'

According to Oregon Senate Bill 278, once a tenant shows their landlord that they have applied for direct rent assistance, a 60-day eviction pause will occur.

In addition to renter's assistance, Morris also said to be aware of your rights as a resident.

"There have been so many changes, and it can be really confusing, but knowing that information is so critical in being able to stay in your home and know what resources are available to you," Morris said.

However, some community members said it's about time that this eviction moratorium is expired.

"Actually, I'm kind of glad that it's expiring," said Eugene resident Carol Grove. "Go out and get a job and take care of your own because this country is in a sad state of affairs because of the laziness of the American people."

Others are not in favor of it ending because they were significantly affected by job loss and other factors during the pandemic.

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