The ARCHES Project

COVID Rent Relief

Community Action is operating a COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Eligible households who have been impacted by a COVID emergency can receive rental assistance. These are funds provided by Oregon Housing and Community Services; dedicated to helping Oregonians during this crisis.

For information on assistance with utility bills, visit our Energy Services department.

Eligibility Criteria (per household)

  • Below 80% Area Median Income per household size
  • COVID-19 related emergency (i.e loss of income, or compromised health status / elevated risk of infection / vulnerability preventing you from regaining financial stability as a result of COVID-19)
  • Verifiable need, such as past due rent
  • Marion or Polk County resident
  • Citizenship status is not required

Community Action can assist with the following for eligible households

  • Housing re-location cost, such as application fees and refundable security deposits
  • Housing stabilization assistance

To access Rent Relief funds

Please call 503-399-9080 Ext 4003 for a COVID Housing Questionnaire. These are offered Monday – Saturday, 8:00am – 3:00pm in English and Spanish (other languages are available as needed). You will be asked to leave a voicemail and a Community Action Assessor will contact you at their earliest availability.

— OR —

Complete a COVID Pre-Screening Questionnaire

Documents to have ready

  • Last 30 days of all income from all household members 18 or over
  • Contact info for your landlord/property management company
  • Documentation of COVID related emergency:
    • Denial of Unemployment -OR- proof that you’ve applied for Unemployment. (If you cannot get unemployment, that will not disqualify you.)
    • Letter / Email / Text from employer showing your lay off, furlough status or drop in hours
  • Copy or picture of photo ID for all adults over 18
  • Rental / Lease / Roommate Agreement

If you cannot get any of the things above, please apply anyway! We may still be able to help.