COVID-19 News

April 2, 2020 - Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making over $32 million in grants available to communities in Oregon to support a variety of social services and homelessness assistance programs in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

April 2, 2020 - Governor Kate Brown announced launch of Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator, which will help connect small businesses to financial support and information they need to stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis.

March 25, 2020 - US Senate unanimously passes $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes significant funding for housing agencies to maintain operations and policies to support renters.

March 24, 2020 - Home Forward signs CLPHA letter to Congress, formally requesting $5 billion for the public housing program and $3.5 billion for the housing choice voucher program, in emergency supplemental funds and additional regulatory relief for housing authorities as they work to protect residents and staff during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

March 23, 2020 - Governor Brown issues Executive Order "Stay Home, Save Lives", ordering Oregonians to stay at home, closing specified retail businesses, requiring social distancing measures for other public and private facilities, and imposing requirements for outdoor areas and licensed childcare facilities.

March 22, 2020 - Governor Brown places temporary moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment, in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

March 17, 2020 - Portland and Mulnomah County jointly impose a moratorium on residential evictions in Multnomah County on the basis of nonpayment of rent due to wage loss resulting from COVID-19. 

March 16, 2020 - Home Forward places a moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 related income hardship.