Area briefs – Week of Jan. 20

State to reopen portal for rental assistance

Oregon Housing and Community Services will begin accepting new applications for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program starting on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The state paused new applications in December due to dwindling funding and the need to make system improvements.

This will be a limited reopening for three to five weeks, depending on availability of money. The agency estimates to have sufficient funding to pay between 6,700-9,300 additional applications. Households with the most need will have priority in accessing these resources, not a . . .