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  • June 16, 2020 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    Senator Findley

    PHASE 2

    Friends,

    I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and spirits. We have all had to make sacrifices for the safety of ourselves and the safety of others that have had tremendous impacts on our communities all across Oregon. I have been working with my colleagues in the legislature, as well as your local elected leaders, to make our return to normal life as swiftly and safely possible.

    Reopening Oregon Phase 2 – What Does it Mean?

    On Friday, June 5th the first wave of counties entered into Phase 2 of the reopening process. This means more restrictions have been lifted as a result of COVID cases staying steady over the course of at least 21 days. Although shifting into Phase 2 won’t be returning back to Pre-COVID life, we will start to see more people enjoying meals in restaurants, returning to churches and places of worship. We will also see places like movie theaters, bowling alleys and arcades starting to open up with social distancing guidelines in effect. One thing that I worked on closely with my colleagues was making sure that reopening recreational pools were included in Phase 2 as it is vital to many of the small communities in my district.

    Reopening Oregon Phase 2 – What’s Next?

    In a handful of press conferences, Governor Brown has outlined Oregon’s reopening in three phases. As I mentioned before, the majority of Oregon counties have now entered into Phase 2. The guidelines to enter Phase 3 is that there is some sort of vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Given the fact that it could be 12-18 months before we have an FDA approved vaccine, I have been working with my fellow legislators and county commissioners to form a proposal to have a secondary lifting of guidelines under Phase 2. This would allow for larger gatherings than those that are allowed under Phase 2 as well as other shifts in guidelines.

    Emergency Board Funding

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Oregon, the Joint Emergency Board has met three times to provide relief related to the impacts the virus has had on all Oregonians. The first meeting followed the recommendations of the Coronavirus Response Committee. The following meetings were related to the distribution of Federal CARES Act funding that was allocated to Oregon. One major highlight for Senate District 30 in Emergency Board funding is the Rural Hospitals Grant Program which was approved on Friday, June 5th. These funds will help struggling hospitals who were hit particularly hard as a result of the COVID pandemic. Here are a list of notable allocations from the Emergency Board:

    • $75 million to support rental assistance, housing stabilization and mortgage assistance (in addition to $25 million in Hardest Hit money for foreclosure prevention).
    • $10 million in additional support to the Oregon Worker Relief Fund which supports Oregonians who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment benefits.
    • $15 million to support individuals having difficulty paying their utility bills.
    • $3.5 million to expand access to affordable telephone and broadband service for low-income households.
    • $4 million to support survivors of domestic violence.
    • $25.6 million to enhance behavioral health services for people impacted by COVID-19, with a focus on communities of color, our federally recognized tribes, and vulnerable populations.
    • $30 million in assistance to help child care providers stay in business.
    • $20 million to support the Rural Broadband Capacity Program to support safe distancing practices by connecting schools, health care providers and businesses.
    • $50 million for rural hospital stabilization grants.
    • $10 million to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for small businesses.
    • $3 million in technical assistance to minority- and women-owned businesses.
    • $1 million for 211 to maintain referral services during the pandemic.

    Changes at Oregon Employment Department

    One of the biggest frustrations during this pandemic has been the unacceptable handling of Unemployment Insurance claims since the shelter in place order began in March. On May 31st, Governor Brown effectively removed the Director of the Oregon Employment Department and replaced them with David Gerstenfeld, Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Division Director. Since this shift in leadership, we have seen immediate progress to process the claims backlog that has been building for months. If you are still having issues with your UI claim, please reach out to your legislators as we now have direct contact with assigned Employment Department liaisons and can try to help speed up the process for you.

    Virtual Town Hall – June 18th at 5:30pm (Pacific)

    On Thursday, June 18th I will be hosting another Community Conversation with Rep. Mark Owens and Rep. Daniel Bonham. The past four conversations we have hosted have been a great opportunity for us to engage with you in a time where we are discouraged to host in-person meetings. If you are interested in participating in the conversation, please register here.

    As always, I am here alongside and in service to you to answer any questions you may have about COVID-19 or anything else. Please contact my office if we can do anything to assist you during this time.

    Warm regards,

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    Lynn P. Findley Oregon State Senator, District 30


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  • June 12, 2020 10:46 PM | Anonymous



    Contact: Andrea Dominguez, Chief of Staff

    541-889-8866

    6/11/2020

    Oregon House District 60 Newsletter

    Issue #13

    District News and Coronavirus Updates

    Friends,

     

    I’m sorry to share today that we’ve had our first COVID-related death in House District 60, an older gentleman from Malheur County who died from an unrelated issue and was later found to have had COVID. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family as they process this loss.

     

    Hopefully all businesses in HD 60 have seen an uptick in business as we have entered into Phase 2. Hopefully, church services were back last weekend. We continue to advocate for the new measures in Phase 2, which would allow for larger gathering sizes and hopefully allow us to plan for rodeos, fairs, and other outside activities this summer and fall. If you have ideas or suggestions that should be incorporated into our discussions, please share them with me.

     

    Yesterday, the Governor and the Oregon Department of Education rolled out their guidance and recommendations for school reopening. We are still digesting all the information. We are thankful the school districts will be enabled to design their own reopening plans, this is a win for us as we advocated for flexibility for school districts and not a one-size-fits-all approach. I will continue to advocate for a normal school year, as our children cannot be left behind.

     

    We are still awaiting an official call for a Special Session, but the dates are still unknown. I have personally spoken with the Speaker of the House (Tina Kotek) and Republican Leadership to discuss several issues in our district that might be able to be solved in the Special Session if they were included. These issues include a policy tweak for the Eastern Oregon Border Board, foreign exchange students, PACE insurance for school districts, local option marijuana taxes, a state-run meat processing plant inspection program, and other topics. I will continue to work on these issues, although some will likely not have any traction during the Special Session and will have to wait until next year.

     

    House District 60 Coronavirus Update

    House District 60’s current stats are as follows:

    Emergency Board

    Last week, the Emergency Board (E-Board) met and disbursed $247 million from Oregon’s share of the federal CARES Act funds. The funds will go to the following causes:

    • $75 million for rental assistance
    • $10 million for the Oregon Worker Relief Fund
    • $15 million for utility bill assistance
    • $3.5 million for broadband projects in low-income areas
    • $4 million for Domestic Violence survivors
    • $25.6 million for behavioral health
    • $30 million to support child care providers
    • $20 million for expanding rural broadband, including projects in Ontario and Burns
    • $50 million for rural hospitals, including the Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Saint Alphonsus in Baker City and Ontario, and the Harney District Hospital in Burns.
    • $10 million for PPE for small businesses
    • $3 million for technical assistant to minority and women-owned businesses
    • $1 million for 211 referral services during COVID

     

    High School Athletics

    On Tuesday, Senator Findley and I sent a letter to Governor Brown in support of the “Let Them Play” initiative expressing the concerns our constituents have shared with us regarding the restrictions on high school athletics in Phase 2 of Oregon’s reopening plan. The restrictions prohibit any sport that involves participants coming into bodily contact. 

     

    Make no mistake, these restrictions will affect our student athletes’ physical and mental health, and social development. These rules are onerous and not equitable, as the Governor plans to exempt professional and college athletes.

     

    A copy of the letter and petition to the Governor can be found here .   I encourage you to sign the petition and send a message to our Governor to let our kids play.

     

    Virtual Town Hall

    I also wanted to remind you that Sen. Findley, Rep. Bonham, and I will be holding our fifth virtual legislative town hall meeting, which will take place next week, Thursday, June 18th at 5:30-6:30pm (PDT). The event is open to the public and media; registration is required in order to provide virtual login information. Please register early in order to participate. 

     

    I hope to see you all there.

     

    Stay safe.

    Representative Mark Owens

    House District 60

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  • June 12, 2020 10:33 PM | Anonymous

    Email from John Breidenbach @ ceo@ontariochamber.com


    Hope everyone is doing well.

    More than $130 billion is Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds is available, but the deadline for application approval is June 30, 2020.

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    5 Things You Should Know About the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)


    1. There is more than $130 billion in PPP funding still available ... and now, more flexibility too.

    PPP funds are still available for small businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and tribal businesses whose operations were impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. And with the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, there is more flexibility, such as the extension of time to spend loan proceeds from eight weeks to 24 weeks and the expansion in the percentage of funds that can be used for non-payroll expenses. Read more in this joint statement from SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

    New PPP Flexibility 

     

    2. The last date on which a PPP loan application can be approved is June 30, 2020.

    While many extensions and flexibilities were enacted with recent legislation, one date still remains: the last day a PPP loan application can be approved is June 30, 2020. That means now is the time to apply for a PPP loan before time runs out. Find a PPP lender -- or even review PPP materials in 17 languages -- by visiting www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection.

    Find a PPP lender

     

    3. SBA Resource Partners can help you with the PPP application or loan forgiveness process.

    Through webinars, virtual meetings and phone calls, business advisers from the SBA Resource Partner Network are helping small businesses navigate through the PPP process. Plus, they are working with businesses on their individual recovery plans. Connect with a SBA Resource Partner near you or one of the many other helpful resources from the Federal Resources for Small Business website.

    Connect with an adviser

     

    4. We want to know how the PPP has helped your business. 

    We've been answering a lot of questions from businesses about the PPP process along the way. Now we want to hear the end result. Tell us your story of how the PPP has helped your business and your employees.

    Tell us your story

     

    5. Report fraud to the SBA Office of Inspector General.

    While new programs are helping people through difficult times, unfortunately, it comes with new avenues for scams and fraud. If you suspect fraud on an SBA program or want to learn more about known scams and alerts, visit the SBA Office of Inspector General website.

    Report fraud, waste or abuse 

     

     

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  • June 10, 2020 9:20 PM | Anonymous

    The website to review Oregon's Opening Plan and what assistance is available:

    https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/

  • June 10, 2020 6:49 PM | Anonymous

    CHIEF JUSTICE ORDER No. 20-016 ORDER

    IMPOSING “LEVEL 2” AND “LEVEL 3” RESTRICTIONS ON COURT OPERATIONS

    https://www.courts.oregon.gov/rules/ORAP/CJO%2020-016_Order-Imposing-Level-2-and-Level-3-Restrictions-on-Court-Operations.pdf



  • June 07, 2020 4:40 PM | Anonymous

    May 19, 2020

    The state has provided $8.5M in rent assistance to help struggling Oregonians impacted by COVID-19. That money was allocated to the following organizations:

    ACCESS, Inc.
    (541) 779-6691
    $459,585

    Lane County Human Services Commission (LCHHS)
    (541) 682-3798
    $929,025

    Community Action (CAO)
    (503) 648-6646
    $764,957

    Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC)
    (541) 298-5131
    $140,357

    Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO)
    (800) 752-1139
    $186,271

    Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA)
    (503) 585-6232
    $771,012

    Community Action Team, Inc. (CAT)
    (503) 397-3511
    $299,610

    Multnomah County Department of Human Services
    (503) 988-7453
    $1,639,002

    Community Connection of Northeast Oregon (CCNO)
    (541) 963-3186
    $162,250.00

    Neighborhood Impact (NIMPACT)
    (541) 548-2380
    $438,696

    Clackamas County Social Services Department (CCSSD)
    (503) 655-8640
    $457,097

    Oregon Human Development Corporation (OHDC)
    (855) 215-6158
    $455,813

    Community in Action (CINA)
    (541) 889-1060
    $96,070

    Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA)
    (541) 435-7080
    $233,165

    Community Service Consortium (CSC)
    (541) 752-1010
    $583,383

    United Community Action Network (UCAN)
    (541) 672-5392
    $489,779

    Klamath/Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS)
    (541) 882-3500
    $196,738

    Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP)
    (503) 472-0457
    $197,192


  • June 01, 2020 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    The Interim Legislative Emergency Board just passed $8.5 million for rental assistance due to impact of Covid 19. It looks like $12 million at first blush, but $3.5 of that went for safe shelter alternatives.


    Staff summary:


    Item 1: Housing and Community Services Department
    Safe Shelter and Rental Assistance

    Analyst: Michelle Deister

    Request: Allocate a total of $12,000,000 from the Emergency Fund to the Housing and Community Services Department for rental assistance and safe shelter alternatives for Oregonians who have been impacted by income loss (unemployment or underemployment) due to COVID-19, or who are especially vulnerable to infection or health problems associated with virus because of inadequate shelter or housing.

    Description: The Housing and Community Services Department (HCSD) will direct up to $3,500,000 of allocated funding for safe shelter alternatives, which can include hotel and motel vouchers for vulnerable populations including the homeless and farmworkers, whose living situations and underlying health conditions make them particularly susceptible to severe consequences from exposure to COVID-19. These funds are intended to be directly awarded by HCSD to organizations identified or informed by regional Continuums of Care. In the event that funds could not be subscribed and utilized within six months from the time of award by HCSD in the region in which they were allocated, the funds are to be redirected to rental assistance payments by the receiving entities.

    At least $8,500,000 is to be disbursed by HCSD to Community Action Agencies utilizing the Master Grant Agreement, for the purpose providing rental assistance payments to landlords on behalf of those impacted by income loss due to COVID-19. HCSD will target this rental assistance to COVID impacted low income people at 50% or less of area median income.

    These amounts are intended to be used for direct assistance payments to Oregonians; expenditures by disbursing organizations such as outreach, data collection, supportive in-home services or organizational capacity building are not deemed allowable uses of the funds. These funds are intended to be one-time in nature.

    Recommendation: The Co-Chairs of the Emergency Board recommend approval of an allocation of $12,000,000 from the Emergency Fund to the Housing and Community Services Department for safe shelter alternatives and rental assistance payments to COVID-19 impacted Oregonians.


  • May 04, 2020 7:10 PM | Anonymous

    CORONAVIRUS: Malheur County Reopening Plan

    April 28, 2020

    Malheur County officials outline steps they would take to ensure COVID-19 doesn't spread as life returns to normal and what they would do if they detect an increase in people sick with the virus.

    Prepared based on Governor Kate Brown’s Reopening Oregon: A Public Health Framework for Restarting Public Life and Business Purpose The purpose of this plan is to provide guidance to those involved in the process of reopening public life and business in Malheur County during the SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19) pandemic and to give needed information for the implementation of individual local plans. Due to the dynamic situation, these guidelines will be handled as an adaptive management plan or living document. This means that as information is made available or changes, or that state orders or standards are issued, this information will be discussed, addressed, and then reflected in this plan promptly. 


    See the entire online document at: 

     https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6879850-4-28-20-Malheur-County-Reopening-Plan.html?fbclid=IwAR35c3SNRjS2TyqTOv5MR4IHzoVpZvUUWqMTOottovahKk_wr1t03wKBRuw#document/p1

    Download the entire PDF document at: 

    4-28-20-Malheur-County-Reopening-Plan.pdf

  • May 04, 2020 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    Oregon Lawmakers
    Pass $32 Million Relief Package
    For Renters, Businesses And Workers

    by Dirk VanderHart Follow OPB April 23, 2020 3:20 p.m.
    Updated: April 24, 2020 8:25 a.m.

     

    Oregon lawmakers approved more than $32 million in state spending Thursday, passing an emergency aid package meant to help renters, small businesses, domestic violence survivors, and workers that have been disadvantaged by the novel coronavirus.

    At the same time, the Legislative Assembly’s joint Emergency Board gave Gov. Kate Brown the authority to spend up to $300 million in federal aid the state has received. That money had no specific destination, though it must be used under federal guidelines to address the coronavirus.

    Taken together, the money amounts to the strongest action that Oregon lawmakers have taken since the pandemic fundamentally shifted American life. And it came in an unprecedented hearing: Citing safety concerns, the Emergency Board’s 20 members all attended remotely, either by phone or video conference.

    “I’ve never been a part or seen anything like this before,” said Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, who co-chairs the committee alongside House Speaker Tina Kotek, and whose dog could occasionally be heard over the proceedings. “I hope that each of you feels honored to be a part of this emergency board and part of Oregon’s history.”

    The emergency board has the authority to spend money when lawmakers are out of session but is limited to a special emergency fund. At the outset of Thursday’s meeting, the fund contained $50.65 million, from which lawmakers spent the following:

    $12 million for rent assistance and motel vouchers for disadvantaged communities. Most of the money, $8.5 million, will go directly to landlords on behalf of renters making at most 50 percent of area median income. The remaining money is intended to pay for hotel or motel rooms for specific groups, such as farm workers or people without stable housing.

    $5 million in financial assistance to businesses with a maximum of 25 employees. This money will be matched with another $5 million from the Oregon Business Development Department, creating a $10 million fund that will offer assistance to small businesses that haven’t been able to access federal aid such as the fast-depleted Paycheck Protection Program.

    $2 million for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The money will be delivered via grants to dozens of organizations around the state and will focus on housing.

    $10 million to create a wage replacement fund for newly unemployed workers who are unable to access routine unemployment payments for reasons such as their immigration status. This funding, a focus of community groups in recent weeks, proved the most contentious proposal for state dollars.

    $3.35 million to help workers in long-term care facilities pay for coronavirus testing and offer caregivers training in infectious disease prevention.

    $119,778 to pay for a new human resources employee in the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which is understaffed even as it’s seeing high demand during the pandemic.

    The lawmakers on the Emergency Board — 13 Democrats and seven Republicans — largely agreed on most items, though some raised concerns that the haste to address the emergency could lead to money skipping over areas that are farther away from Salem.

    “I am deeply concerned that it’s not going to help all of Oregon the same,” Rep. David Gomberg, D-Otis, said of the small business assistance package. The fund is slated to be distributed via a network of community development financial institutions in the state, many of which are along Interstate 5. “I think it would be naive to suggest proximity doesn’t matter,” Gomberg said.

    Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, voiced similar concerns, but ultimately supported the package. “I know the intent of this legislation, and if we can help a handful of businesses stay afloat that’s good,” he said.

    The debate was more fraught on the $10 million package to assist workers who don’t qualify for unemployment insurance. That so-called Oregon Worker Relief Fund would rely on community agencies to reach out to workers in need, offering up to $590 a week.

    But the novel tool will require an entirely new administrative structure, officials say. Because of that, up to $1 million of the money lawmakers allocated can be spent on administrative costs, though at least some of that is expected to be defrayed by community fundraising.

    Those costs, along with the untested nature of the program, gave some lawmakers heartburn. The measure still passed 15-5.

    Even more controversial was a spending proposal that was ultimately put on ice because of concerns.

    Legislators took up a proposal to create a $50 million fund to offer zero-interest loans to rural hospitals, who have taken an enormous financial hit during the pandemic. The money would come from the federal government, not the state, but lawmakers from both parties railed against the plan.

    Hospitals should not have to pay back the money they received, they said.

    “We would look so incredibly foolish if we allowed hospitals to go bankrupt during a global pandemic,” said Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose. “The way this is constructed right now, I’m not sure I can support it.”

    Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, said that cash-strapped hospitals might not be interested in a loan program, as opposed to a grant that would not have to be repaid.“I worry that there’s not going to be any hospital that takes advantage of this,” said Nosse. “That we will have $50 million in federal money just sitting there not getting used.”

    After a recess, Kotek and Courtney suggested delaying the proposal for a later date, suggesting it will re-emerge at some point in a retooled form. The motion passed unanimously.

    The largest amount of money considered in the session was $300 million in federal lawmakers gave the governor’s office to use as it sees fit, through the state’s Department of Administrative Services. That could help defray costs such as tens of millions spent on purchasing personal protective equipment for the state, Kotek said.

    Oregon expects to receive roughly $1.6 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund approved by Congress, though it’s likely that between $200 and $300 million of that will go to local governments, according to budget officials.

    The state’s top budget officer, Ken Rocco, told lawmakers Thursday that the state has received its first infusion of the money — $871 million. But Oregon and other states are still awaiting clarity on how the money can be spent. “There’s been a great amount of uncertainty,” Rocco said.

    Lawmakers expect to give state agencies the authority to spend far more money to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the future.

    Beyond the relief package, the emergency board released previously approved money for battling wildfires, public defense services, and paying raises to some non-state healthcare employees.


  • April 15, 2020 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    SLICING THROUGH THE GORDIAN KNOT OF EVICTIONS IN THE COVID-19 CRISIS

    By: Brian Cox, Attorney at Law
    A
    pril 15, 2020

    As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold in Oregon, residential and commercial landlords seeking to regain possession of their rental properties are currently faced with a myriad of restrictions from several vectors, radically changing their ‘pre-pandemic’ way of doing things.

    Rationale: There are two primary reasons driving these actions: limiting the spread of the coronavirus by limiting evictions or otherwise ‘de-housing’ people in order to avoid greater COVID-19 exposure; and, the pragmatic recognition that the current extraordinary health needs leading to the closure of restaurants, schools, and all ‘non-essential’ businesses will cause a wide swath of our population to lose their jobs and businesses in order for everyone to ‘shelter in place’ and care for homebound family members, leaving many Oregonians unable to pay their rent through no fault of their own.

    Executive Orders: Under Governor Brown’s current Executive Orders, landlords may not issue termination notices or file, prosecute, or execute ‘economic evictions’ for non-payment of rent, utilities, service charges, late fees, or other charges, without regard to whether the non-payment is the result of the COVID-19 epidemic. The Executive Orders also suspend the imposition of late fees and prohibit law enforcement from serving or enforcing evictions of any kind. Landlords are also prohibited from issuing ‘no-cause’ or ‘landlord-cause’ termination notices or evictions: the former happens during the first year of tenancy or with owner occupied two-unit lots (typically duplexes or ‘mother-in-law’ units); the latter occur when a landlord wants to move in or move a family member into the rental, a buyer wants to live in the rental, the rental needs major renovation work, or the rental is being converted to ‘non-rental’ purposes. Unable to remove their tenants, rental property sellers are unable to deliver possession of the property for an indeterminate amount of time, causing many real estate transactions to fail.

    Chief Justice Orders: Under Chief Justice Walters’ current orders, all stages of eviction proceedings are automatically postponed until after May 31st, with the caveat that evictions involving domestic violence, most situations giving rise to a 24-hour termination notice, and similar ‘high need’ eviction cases may proceed by seeking leave of court, following a process to be developed by each court (though trying to set and advance these cases may be difficult and/or follow uncertain timelines). Residential and commercial evictions may still be filed – though evictions for non-payment or ‘no cause’ or ‘landlord-cause’ evictions are prohibited (violation is now a Class “C” Misdemeanor), and such ‘non-compliant’ evictions may be accepted or rejected at filing, depending on local court practice. When an eviction is filed, the first appearance setting and service of summons and complaint will all occur according to statute, only the FED summons and complaint will be accompanied by a multi-language notice advising the parties the first appearance date is automatically postponed to a later date and will be followed by a future court notice informing them of the new hearing date (notice below. Evictions that do proceed or that later proceed are expected to utilize the court’s newly-developed rules for court appearances, including efiling documents and exhibits and remote appearances by parties, witnesses and lawyers where possible.

    Federal Action: While federal law does not directly prohibit all evictions, portions of the CARES Act require all landlords with federally-backed mortgages, including those covered by HUD, USDA, FHA, VA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to forgo evicting their tenants by placing a 60-day moratorium (beginning March 18th), and providing those landlords with various forms of relief, including a 180-day loan forbearance (which can be extended another 180 days at the borrower’s request). The Act allows multifamily housing owners with a federally-backed mortgage to request a forbearance for up to 30 days (which can be extended another 60 days at the borrower’s request), on the condition that they agree not to evict tenants or charge late fees. The Act also institutes a moratorium on filings for evictions for renters in homes covered by a federally-backed mortgage for 120 days of enactment. The Act provides a temporary moratorium on evictions for most residents of federally subsidized apartments, including those supported by HUD, USDA or Treasury (Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments).

    Local Ordinance: Multnomah County, Portland, Clackamas County, Gresham and Hillsboro have each imposed their own form of moratorium on evictions, and residential and commercial property owners would be wise to seek current information specific to their jurisdiction before proceeding.

    Oregon Legislature: In short, the Oregon legislature has yet to take any action regarding the pandemic.

    What is a residential or commercial landlord to do? With access to the courts effectively prohibited, at this point for months, many have asked what they should do considering the constant barrage of bad news. First, opening lines of communications and making payment arrangements and/or accepting partial payments from your tenants is likely a good option, and in some cases, may be the only payment you receive. Next, keep in mind that the COVID-19 state moratorium does not apply to conduct-based notices or evictions. If you have truly troublesome or dangerous tenants, your remedies are still intact – just delayed for now in many situations.  Finally, remember that the moratorium creates a payment deferral, not a payment forgiveness. Governor Brown’s executive order was explicitly clear that all amounts owed – except late fees – remain due and owing.

    In this writer’s opinion – Neither tenants nor property owners should have to stand alone bearing the social or economic burden of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Perhaps the ‘best’ economically- and socially-rational way for the federal and state governments to preserve housing stability for families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and struggling to cover housing expenses is by creating emergency rental assistance programs through a drastic short-term expansion of the Rental Assistance Vouchers program or similar programs. This should be the first and highest priority with regard to the allocation of funds provided to Oregon through the Federal CARES Act – immediately infusing cash for rent payments into the hands of renters and landlords. The eviction moratorium can also be better tailored to safeguard owners’ ability to effectively affect repairs and manage their communities, while allowing more types of housing providers access to mortgage forbearance, ensuring fairness and flexibility in its terms, and by providing financial assistance for property-level financial obligations such as property taxes, utilities or insurance payments and by extending credit to multifamily mortgage servicers, small landlords and multifamily businesses using the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

    We are in this together, and together we are stronger.

    Be Well,
    Brian Cox


    This information is current as of April 15th, 2020. Time and answers are changing rapidly, and all readers are encouraged to seek the most current and reliable information available.

    * * *Court notice accompanying FED Summons * * *

    NOTICE TO LANDLORDS FILING FED (EVICTION) CASES

    On April 1, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-13 which, among other things, prohibits the filing of certain eviction cases. The Executive Order was effective immediately and remains in effect for 90 days unless extended or terminated earlier by the Governor.

    • A violation of Executive Order 20-13 could subject you to criminal penalties including a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,250.00 and up to 30 days in jail.
    • If you file your complaint, your filing fee will not be refunded, even if it is subject to the Executive Order.
    • You should review the full Executive Order to determine if it applies to the complaint you are filing. Available at: https://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/pages/eo_20-13.aspx.
    • If you have questions, you may want to contact an attorney.


    The following are excerpts from Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-13:

    “1. Residential Tenancies.

    a. During this moratorium, landlords of residential properties in Oregon shall not, for reason of nonpayment as defined in paragraph 1(b) of this Executive Order, terminate any tenant’s rental agreement; take any action, judicial or otherwise, relating to residential evictions pursuant to or arising under ORS 105.105 through 105.168, including, without limitation, filing, serving, delivering or acting on any notice, order or writ of termination or the equivalent; or otherwise interfere in any way with such tenant’s right to possession of the tenant’s dwelling unit.

    b. The term “nonpayment” as used in paragraph 1 of this Executive Order means any nonpayment of rent, late charges, utility charges, or any other service charge or fee, as described in ORS 90.392(2)(a) or (c), 90.394, or 90.630(1)(d) or (10), or any termination without cause under ORS 90.427. All other terms used in paragraph 1 of this Executive Order shall have the same meanings as set forth in ORS chapters 90 or 105.

    c. Nothing in paragraph 1 of this Executive Order relieves a residential tenant’s obligation to pay rent, utility charges, or any other service charges or fees, except for late charges or other penalties arising from nonpayment which are specifically waived by and during this moratorium. Additionally, paragraph 1 of this Executive Order does not apply to the termination of residential rental agreements for causes other than nonpayment.

    d. * * *

    2. Non-Residential Tenancies.

    a. During this moratorium, landlords of non-residential properties in Oregon shall not, for reason of nonpayment as defined in paragraph 2(b) of this Executive Order, terminate any tenant’s lease; take any action, judicial or otherwise, relating to non-residential evictions pursuant to or arising under ORS 105.105 through 105.168, including, without limitation, filing, serving, delivering or acting on any notice, order or writ of termination or the equivalent; or otherwise interfere with such tenant’s right to possession of the leased premises.

    b. The term “nonpayment” as used in paragraph 2 of this Executive Order means nonpayment of rent, late charges, utility charges, or any other service charge or fee, as described in the lease or in ORS 91.090, 91.210 or 91.220. All other terms used in paragraph 2 of this Executive Order shall have the same meanings as set forth in ORS chapters 91 or 105.

    c. Paragraph 2 of this Executive Order shall apply if a tenant provides the landlord, within 30 calendar days of unpaid rent being due, with documentation or other evidence that nonpayment is caused by, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the COVID-19 pandemic. Acceptable documentation or other evidence includes, without limitation, proof of loss of income due to any governmental restrictions imposed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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