During times like this, many could use a helping hand. If you're looking for Oregon rent assistance, officials are stepping up. You can now receive 'no strings attached' cash to pay your rent.

"I'm glad we're getting these grants out to help renters keep roofs over their heads during this pandemic," said Senator Jeff Merkley.

Oregon Live reports that $12 million in aid will be given out to local housing assistance funds.

$8.5 million of this sum is set aside for residents who have lost their job during COVID-19 and can't pay rent.

How can you apply for help?

While anyone can apply, residents who need urgent rent help are encouraged to apply for help immediately by calling 2-1-1 or using the 211 app.

All you need to do is tell the operator where you live in Oregon or fill out your information on the app. Then, you'll be directed to a community action agency near you.

To get the funds from them, you will need to prove that you are unable to pay rent because of COVID-19.

Oregon Live says that you will need to show documents showing you were laid off or that your income has been significantly reduced during the pandemic.

If you are eligible, a one-time cash payment will be given directly to your landlord to help pay your rent.

You won't have to pay it back; however, it only covers the one month of housing fees you apply for.

Oregon has also placed a restriction on renter evictions during this time. That means if you can't afford to pay your rent, you cannot be kicked out.

The unpaid rent must be paid back to your landlord within a six month's timespan after the state's emergency declaration period ends.

Governor Kate Brown extended Oregon's state of emergency through July 6. The stay at home order does not have a designated end date.

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