EXPLAINER: Backlog of aid slows Oregon eviction response

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The end of tenant protections by July 31 has raised concerns that thousands of Oregon residents will be unable to afford their monthly rent and face eviction. The state has set aside $200 million to help with outstanding and current rent, but an extensive backlog of requests for help has slowed the flow of money to those in need. On Tuesday, Oregon lawmakers passed a “Safe Harbor” amendment to pause evictions. Under the amendment, tenants who are unable to pay their July or August rent would not be evicted for 60 days if they provide proof to their landlord that they have applied for rental assistance.