Rental Assistance Program Expected to be Continued by City

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Additional rental assistance money to support this program for COVID-19 related problems, was approved by the City Council last night.

The funds will come from the Portland Cares Emergency Income Payment Program. However, approval for this use must come from the feds before $524,669. can be disbursed for the rental assistance program.  City staff expects HUD approval to come before the end of October.

An announcement will be made by the city when it is able to begin accepting new applications and will be available on the city’s website.  Upon approval, the program will be accepting new applications and will be available on the city’s website.  Upon approval, the program will provide up to $1,000/monthly in rental assistance and $250. in utility assistance payments for eligible households.

The first round of the program ended on October 1, 2020,  Applicants received through October 1, 2020 will be processed on a first come first served basis until all funds have been distributed.  Applicants that are unable to be funded will be placed on a wait list.

Last night the City Council approved $100,000. for a Winter Business Program.  This program will assist Portland businesses with the cost of furniture, equipment, heaters, structures and coverings, blankets, etc. which are necessary for businesses to operate outdoors for as long as possible through the fall and winter.  The program will offer grants up to $10,000. and be administered by the city’s Housing and Economic Development Department.