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  • March 28, 2020 6:01 PM | Anonymous

    Organization of Resource links


    COVID - 19 Updates

    ·       Oregon:  https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

    ·       CDC:        https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    ·       World Health Organization Updates:
    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

    ·       Johns Hopkins University:  

    https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6



    General Resources

    211info connects people with health and social service organizations. At our heart is our core Community Information Center, supported by Resource Database team. We’ve expanded to include enhanced information & referral and assistance programs that target specific services.  Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155


    Employment

    For information about unemployment benefits & COVID-19, please visit:

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx​

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Documents/OAR%20471-030-0070-temporaryrule.pdf

    ·       https://secure.emp.state.or.us/ocs4/index.cfm?u=F20200322A142415B10724131.5902&lang=E

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Unemployment/Claimant_Handbook/Pages/default.aspx


    Bureau of Labor and Industries website for Additional Information 

    ·        https://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/Pages/index.aspx

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/boli/pages/coronavirus-and-workplace-laws.aspx


    Business Assistance

    Federal guidance for small businesses, including information on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. 

    ·       https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

    ·       https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

    Oregon Work-share Program - Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers who may be facing the prospect of a lay off situation. With Work Share, instead of reducing staff, an employer reduces the hours of work for a group of workers. Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits are then paid to supplement workers' reduced wages.  

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Unemployment/Pages/Work-Share-Program.aspx


    Business Organizations links for assistance and information


    Rental, Mortgage or Housing Assistance

    The Federal government announced yesterday that HUD has authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.

    211.org and Community Action may be able to direct you to resources for payment assistance.


    Food Assistance

    ·       211 is a statewide resource

    • Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    • Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)
    •   EMAIL help@211info.org


    Insurance

    ·       If Oregonians have questions or concerns about their insurance company or agent, they can contact the department’s advocacy team at 888-877-4894 (toll free) or visit dfr.oregon.gov for more information or to file a complaint.

    ·       For insurance and financial services information related to COVID-19, visit the department’s website:  https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/health/understand/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.

     

    General Health Information

    ·       How to protect yourself:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

    ·       What to do if you're sick:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html


    Mental Health Resources

    ·       Lines for Life https://www.linesforlife.org/blog/lines-for-life-is-with-you-24-7/

    o   Adult Behavioral Health program -503-588-5351

    o   Crisis Services -503-585-4949

     


  • March 28, 2020 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    The information below reflects the Phase 3 emergency funding package as passed the Senate. 

    Relief for American Families:

    One-time tax rebate check

    • $1,200 for an individual, $2,400 for a couple, $500 per child.
    • Not reduced for lower income Americans.
    • Reduced for higher income Americans, starting at $75,000 or $150,000 per couple.
    • Phases out completely for individuals with adjusted gross income of $99,000 or $198,000 for couples.

    Unemployment Insurance:

    Expanded unemployment insurance to cover independent contractors, self-employed, and non-profit employees.


    Assistance for Small Businesses:

    New SBA-backed loan program to help small businesses pay for expenses

    • Paycheck Protection Loan: loans taken by small businesses to keep employees on payroll may be forgiven. Loan maximum is the lesser of $10 million or 2.5 times average monthly payroll.
    • $350 billion in federally guaranteed loans through private lenders to assist businesses with 500 or fewer employees; may be used to cover payroll, health benefits, mortgage interest/leases, and utilities during the outbreak.
    • Small businesses, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, and Tribal businesses are eligible.
    • Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed people are eligible.
    • Loan forgiveness: For businesses that maintain employees on payroll, they can receive loan forgiveness for 8 weeks of costs related to payroll, mortgages/leases, and utilities.
    • Employers that have laid off employees may re-hire them and still qualify.
    • To receive forgiveness, businesses will have to work with their lender to justify their payroll was maintained through documentation.

    Payroll Tax Deferment: Employers can defer their employer-side payroll taxes for two years. Half of that amount is due by the end of 2021, the remainder by the end of 2022.


    Ensuring Access to Care for All Americans

    Increased Medical Product Supplies:

    • Increases access to testing by allowing Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to stockpile medical supplies like swabs used in COVID-19 testing.
    • Permanent liability protection for manufacturers of PPE in the event of a public health emergency.

    Faster Approval for Treatments:

    • Allows FDA to quickly approve the use of new medication and treatment.
    • Prioritize drug applications.
    • Requires drug manufacturers to provide additional information when there is an interruption in the supply chain as well as to submit information to FDA regarding shortages.
    • Allows Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to more easily partner with private sector on research and development, which includes helping to scale up manufacturing.
    • Provides breakthrough therapy designations for animal drugs that can prevent human diseases.

    Access to Health Care for COVID-19 Patients:

    • Facilitates the use of new and innovative telemedicine technology to protect and contain the spread of COVID-19. 
      1. Expands Medicare telehealth flexibilities.
      2. Expands Medicare telehealth for home dialysis patients.
    • Reauthorizes HRSA grant programs to strengthen rural community health by focusing on quality improvement and access to care.
    • Allows Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health clinics to furnish telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries.
    • All testing for COVID-19 is to be covered by private insurance plans without cost-sharing, including those tests without an emergency use authorization.
    • Allows Medicare beneficiaries to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Medicare Part B with no cost sharing.
    • Medicare Part D plans would be allowed to provide a 90-day supply of a prescription medication during the COVID-19 emergency period.
    • Increases Medicare reimbursement rate to assist providers caring for our most vulnerable population.
    • Provides $1.32 billion in supplemental funding to Community Health Centers (CHC).

    Increases Medical Professional Staffing

    • Establishes a Ready Reserve Corps to ensure we have enough trained doctors and nurses to respond to public health emergencies.
    • Includes a Good Samaritan provision for doctors who provide volunteer medical services during the public health emergency related to COVID-19 to have liability protections.
    • Allows the Secretary of HHS to reassign members of the National Health Service Corps to sites close to the one they were originally assigned, in order to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    • Directs the Secretary of HHS to strengthen the health professions workforce

    Supporting Health Care Providers

    • $100 billion for hospitals and health care providers
    • Temporarily lifts the Medicare sequester, which reduces payments to providers by 2 percent, from May 1 through December 31, 2020, boosting payments for hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, and home health.
    • Increases payments to hospitals treating patients admitted with COVID-19 by 20 percent; this add-on payment is available through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency
    • Expands an existing Medicare accelerated payment program for hospitals. With Critical Access Hospitals eligible for an advance payment up to 125 percent, based on net reimbursement represented by unbilled discharges or unpaid bills.
    • Delays cuts to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) through November 30, 2020.

    Supports Education

    • Provides $30.9 billion in emergency supplemental funding to the Department of Education.

    Higher Education Assistance

    • Higher Education received $14.25 billion to directly support students and institutes of higher education. Half of this funding is directed to support students.
    • Waives the requirement for federal aid funds to be returned if students withdrew from the university during the payment period.

    Student Assistance

    • Universities can use emergency financial aid grants to assist undergraduate and graduate students with unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19.
    • Universities participating in work study may make payments to students participating in work study even though affected students were not able to fulfill the students’ work study obligation.
    • If the semester was not completed due to COVID-19, that semester will not count against the student for an enrolled semester for subsidized loan or Pell grant semester limits.
    • Students are not required to return Pell grants or federal student loans if they withdrew due to COVID-19.
    • Student loans are cancelled for this period ONLY, if the student withdraws from the university.
    • For Federal Student Loan Borrowers, all payments for federal loans have been suspended through September 30, 2020. All interest has also been suspended until September 30, 2020.

    States’ Department of Education Assistance

    • Elementary and Secondary Education received $13.5 billion to states to help respond to COVID-19. This funding can be used to meet the immediate needs of students and teachers, as well as improve remote learning.
    • The Secretary of Education may provide waivers to State Educational agencies or Indian Tribes to waive:
    1. End of year testing
    2. Attendance and long-term goal strategic plans
    3. Plans for targeted support of underperforming schools
    4. Report cards


    Direct Funding to Combat the Pandemic

    Coronavirus Relief Funds

    • $340 billion supplemental appropriations:
    1. $150 billion emergency relief fund for states, cities, localities to fight the pandemic.
      • Each state will receive a minimum of $1.25 billion.
    2. Support for health care workers and hospitals.
    3. Funding for Personal Protective Equipment.
    4. Support for our local responders.
    5. Funding for the research of new treatments and vaccines.
    6. Support for small businesses.
    7. Support for local colleges and universities.
    8. Support for veteran health care.
    9. Support for DOD response to COVID-19.


  • March 25, 2020 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Kate Brown, Governor issued a Temporary Moratorium on Residential Eviction for Nonpayment, in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak.

    See attached:    Eviction Moratorium March 2020 - Executive Order No. 20-11


    More information to follow shortly.




  • March 20, 2020 6:24 PM | Anonymous

    A new Oregon State committee just formed to deal with the Coronavirus issue.  

    They had a "streamed" meeting today for four hours and will be holding another meeting on Monday, March 23, 2020.

    We are asking all Oregon Landlords to put together a letter on how the Coronavirus has/will affect you, your family, and your tenants and what items you would like your state officials to do to help remedy this situation.  

    Attached is the Oregon Rental Housing Association (ORHA) letter that is being sent to our Oregon Landlords that outlines some of the items we are hoping to see in state relief and/or assistance and provides a guide of information you should use for your letters to legislators.

    ORHA letter

    Also,  Attached is the ORHA President's personal letter to the committee as a landlord.

    ORHA President Letter to the COVID-19 Emergency Committee

    And attached is the Joint Special Committee information, so you know their purview and agenda on this issue and how to watch the next meeting.  

    Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response

    Please review the attached information to help you formulate your letter and submit it to the committee no later than 5 pm, Monday, March 23rd, 2020, by emailing it to the following email address: 

    jscvr.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov

    The Committee will be meeting again at 9 am on Monday, March 23rd, 2020, so if you could send your email no later than this Sunday, they might have time to review it during this Monday’s meeting.

  • March 18, 2020 6:50 PM | Anonymous
    • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
    • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  
    • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
    • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website: SBA.gov/disaster.
    • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
    • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
    • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
    • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

    • For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center.

    Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) 

    or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

    Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.


  • March 11, 2020 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    The Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee Program has implemented an electronic application for program assistance. Hard copies of the applications are no longer accepted. This program has struggled with outdated applications being distributed, so an electronic version not only streamlines our process, but allows for the most current version of the application to always be used.

    You can find our application at the following link:

    https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/361882fd2bad4484bd07a13c5729d4b5



    This form is for HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) landlords seeking reimbursement for unpaid rent and damages incurred by past Housing Choice voucher tenants who began occupancy after July 1, 2014. Landlords must first obtain a Small Claim judgment in their local circuit or justice court before applying to this program. The information in this form is required to be submitted to Oregon Housing and Community Services.

    Supporting documentation may be attached through the use of this application or landlords may choose to mail the supporting documentation to Oregon Housing and Community Services; Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee, 725 Summer St. NE, Ste B, Salem, OR, 97301.

    Applications are for reimbursement and are limited to amounts in excess of $500 and less than $5,000.

    An application is not complete until this form is completed and all supporting documentation is included either with this application or by separate mailing.

    Funding for this program is limited and is dependent upon state budget allocation. If the program depletes of funds before receipt of any new allocation, landlords will be notified in writing and applications received by OHCS will be retained. If new funds are received, applications will be processed​ in the order that they were received. There is no guarantee that new funds will be made available.

    If you have questions, you may contact: landlord.guarantee@oregon.gov or 800-453-5511 option 8.


  • February 01, 2020 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    New information is being provided to Housing providers regarding Assistance Animals and the websites being commonly used.  Please read the enclosed documents to make sure you are following the correct and new guidelines.

    HUDAsstAnimalNC1-28-2020.pdf

    HUD letter to FTC about assistance animal websites.pdf

  • January 28, 2020 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    HUD SEEKS INVESTIGATION OF WEBSITES SELLING "WORTHLESS" ESA DOCUMENTATION

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is seeking action against online companies that profit from selling sham assistance animal documentation at the expense of rental housing providers and renters who have legitimate needs. These companies’ documents are intended to justify reasonable accommodation requests for assistance animals (service animals and emotional support animals (ESAs)) in housing but are often used to skirt pet restrictions under false pretenses.

    In a letter sent to Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Joseph J. Simons and Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection Andrew Smith, Secretary Carson expresses several concerns in line with those of the apartment industry and asks the FTC to investigate some websites selling assistance animal verification documents. As HUD General Counsel Paul Compton states, “These websites are using questionable business practices that exploit consumers, prejudice the legal rights of individuals with disabilities, dupe landlords, and generally interfere with good faith efforts to comply with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act.”

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  • January 26, 2020 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Landlords can send it new information at any time to the HUD office.  


    HOUSING AUTHORITY OF MALHEUR AND HARNEY COUNTY

    959 FORTNER STREET, ONTARIO, OR 97914

    PHONE: (541) 889-9661; FAX: (541) 889-6487

    ANNUAL REQUEST FOR LANDLORD INFORMATION ON PROPERTY RENTALS

    Dear Landlord:

    HUD requires the Housing Authority of Malheur & Harney County to determine that rents for units under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program are reasonable when compared to comparable unassisted units in the market area.

    No HAP contract can be approved until the HAMHC has determined that the rent for the unit is reasonable. The purpose of the rent reasonableness test is to ensure that a fair rent is paid for each unit rented under the HCV program.

    HUD regulations define a reasonable rent as one that does not exceed the rent charged for comparable, unassisted units in the same market area. HUD also requires that owners not charge more for assisted units than for comparable units on the premises. The following attached policy from our administrative plan for the Housing Choice Voucher Program explains the method used to determine whether a unit’s rent is reasonable.

    Attached are forms that we are requesting from all landlords to list ALL of their rental units and return these forms back to our office either via mail, fax or by email at kristyrodriguez@cableone.net This is necessary to have as we have experienced negative feedback from HUD for not having rent reasonableness done. This has been done in the past, but not within the last few years, and it is mandatory to update these records annually to keep our program running. PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORMS FOR ALL RENTALS THAT YOU HAVE REGARDLESS IF THEY ARE RECEIVING SECTION 8 RENTAL ASSISTANCE OR NOT. THIS IS HOW THE SURVEY SHOULD BE DONE.

    Please take the time to fill out the enclosed forms. Enclosed are 5 blank forms that are front and back for you to list your units. The more units that we have, the better. If you need more, please contact us to provide you with additional copies. We sincerely appreciate all of the surveys to be returned back to us no later than November 15th, 2019. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at ext. 111 or the email indicated above.

    Thank you for your assistance,

    Kristy Rodriguez

    Executive Director

    Rent Reasonableness Letter to Landlord.pdf

    Rent Reasonable questionarrie.pdf

  • October 24, 2019 7:51 PM | Anonymous

    UPDATED CALENDAR AS OF JANUARY 25TH, 2020


    October is our planning month for the following year and the TVRA board has put together a list of 31 events for 2020.

    To start the year, we will have the Annual Membership Banquet and Elections on Saturday,  January 25th, 2020.  This is going to be a fun event with good food, local and state news, games, and an election of four New Board Members.  Please think about being a Board Member, as you get the most up-to-date information on a continual basis.  But most of all, we are hoping to have more fun this year, so please come out and join us.

    We will conduct five local and free workshops for members, two paid Seminars from the Portland and Lane County Presidents, and four new member training classes.  Even if you have been a member for a while, the new member trainings will cover everything you need to know, what is available for you and your business, and what you should setup to be successful in the rental housing industry.   If you haven't attended them, please do so.  You must sign up for these classes, so we know how many people are coming. Click the register now button on the event emails or click on the TVRA Calendar and sign up directly on the website.

    Overall, this gives you eleven chances to receive training, ask questions, meet other landlords, and meet industry associates offering services that can help you.  It's going to be a great year for education, and we don't want you to miss any opportunity to better your business. 




    To download a copy of the 2020 Calendar, please click the link below:

    TVRA Calendar 2020.pdf


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