Eligible families may be assisted with their temporary emergency financial needs, including:
- A portion of the rental deposit or a portion of the first month’s rent
- Utility deposit, utility shut off
In order to determine eligibility and to assess your current situation, it is necessary to schedule an appointment with a Family Development case worker. It is necessary to bring the appropriate documentation to your appointment. Failure to do so can result in our inability to provide assistance. Be advised that a Tenant’s Rights Class will be required prior to receiving rental assistance.
Please bring ALL of the indicated documents to your FIRST appointment:
1. Proof of all past and future income
- All pay stubs from the last 3 months (For a new job, get a “employer verification form”)
- Printouts from ORS, SSI, & DWS (12 month Benefit report from MYCASE)
- An Employer Verification form is needed when a job is new, a job has ended recently, or for a change in hours/pay.
- Bank statements
2. Proof of other resources
- Statement from a family member if can help or not
- Statement from a friend if can help or not
- (If applicable) Statement from a church leader if can help or not
- If have children under 18, apply for Emergency Assistance rent help at DWS and bring a statement of approval/denial (866-435-7414)
3. Proof of housing or (almost) homeless situation
- Lease—at least 6 months long and with terms filled out
- Eviction notice with breakdown of amounts owed
- Landlord’s full name, address, and phone number
- Utility shut-off notice OR statement of amount owed for deposi
- Rent payment ledger or history of payments to landlord/utility company
4. Proof of your spending* (will be compared to income to show why you lack money)
- Receipts of all household and personal expenses from the last 3 months including written statements as receipts to account for cash transactions. Bank statements work for this also.
*In general, be prepared to prove through documentation both current financial need and access to future stability (including lack of money and alternative assistance. Future income will need to be greater than expenses).
- All adults: Picture ID, Birth Certificate, and Social Security card
- All children (under 18): Birth Certificate and Social Security card
- If in 3rd trimester of pregnancy: official document from doctor with estimated due date
*Additional documents may be required to receive assistance depending on your situation. A tenant’s rights class will also be required in order to receive assistance.