Oregon’s statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium has been one of our most successful tools to support communities bearing the brunt of this pandemic. It is a lifeline that ensures countless families don't have to choose between paying for housing and putting food on the table — especially people of color who have experienced disproportionate hunger, poverty, illness and job loss for generations.
Without action from the legislature, the moratorium will expire December 31 — just as federal food assistance for thousands of Oregonians ends and as we grapple with a new wave of COVID-prompted closures and shutdowns. The resulting crisis would further disrupt lives, increase food insecurity and worsen homelessness in our communities.
That's why we issued a public call in the Oregonian for an extension to the moratorium, alongside our friends at Oregon Law Center and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.