Oregon Governor Kate Brown has extended the eviction moratorium preventing residential evictions for non-payment of rent and other no-cause evictions from September 30 to December 31, 2020, according to a release.
In the spring, in the first special session of this year, the legislature passed House Bill 4213, establishing a residential and commercial eviction moratorium through September 30, 2020, with a six-month repayment period. The governor’s new executive order will be in place until the Oregon Legislature can convene later this year to address housing issues.
“Every Oregonian deserves a warm, safe, dry place to call home,” Brown said in the release. “Since the legislature passed House Bill 4213, thousands of people have been displaced by massive and devastating wildfires, and the global pandemic continues to make it difficult for many Oregonians, including Oregon’s veterans and many families with children, to pay rent, through no fault of their own.”
Residential eviction moratorium extended
“Keeping economically vulnerable Oregonians in their homes has been critical to the state’s COVID-19 response throughout this pandemic. Having a safe and stable home allows individuals to practice effective physical distancing, helps facilitate quarantine and isolation, and helps to prevent families and individuals from being displaced from their homes into more crowded multifamily or congregate living conditions, where the virus can spread more easily.
“Housing is a critical human need, and, as we enter cold and flu season during a pandemic––and as many students learn remotely from home––it is absolutely critical that people not be turned out of their homes,” Brown said.
“It is my hope that, when the legislature next meets, they will take up the larger issues we need to address regarding housing relief,” she said.
EO 20-56 establishes a new, temporary residential eviction moratorium through the end of the year, due to the urgent need to prevent evictions during simultaneous wildfire and pandemic emergency response-and-recovery efforts. Both crises have had an acute and disproportionate impact on Oregon’s communities of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latino, Pacific Islander, and Tribal communities, as well as families living in rural Oregon, according to the release.
“Many of the Oregonians most impacted by the pandemic and wildfire crises are those who can afford it least, and who have already faced housing discrimination and vast disparities in the availability of affordable housing,” Brown said.