Local organization receives over $500,000 for COVID-related emergency housing aid


Community Services Consortium has received over half a million dollars of state funding to use as emergency housing assistance for residents of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties.

A community action agency committed to ending poverty and improving lives, CSC serves over 75,000 people a year. With offices in Albany, Corvallis and Newport, services include energy and utility assistance, access to training and education and providing food and housing.

Last week, CSC received emergency relief funds allocated through Oregon Housing and Community Services by the state legislature through the Rental Relief Program. This funding will assist renters financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are to be disbursed as soon as possible for residents that qualify in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

The intent of Rent Relief funds are to help renters pay for past due rent owed. Recipients of the funds must be those who lost their job or have reduced income as a result of the pandemic.

“These funds will be used to keep our hardworking community members from having to choose between paying rent, and affording their other essential items, like food or medicine,” said Pegge McGuire, acting executive director of CSC.

Applicants for CSC’s Rental Relief program must meet these criteria: live in Linn, Benton, or Lincoln County; are a renter; have lost job/income due to COVID-19; meet household income requirements for their county; and have not received rental assistance from CSC in the past 24 months, nor anyone in the household.

Applications opened on Monday, May 18. Anyone who meets criteria can apply, however, priority will be given to applicants from the industries with the highest rates of unemployment — food production, food service and hospitality.

For more information, call 541-928-6335, email [email protected] or visit https://communityservices.us/csc-covid-19-rental-relief-program. 

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