House Bill 2639 went into effect on July 1, 2014 and will offer Source of Income Protection for our tenants and a Landlord Guarantee Program for landlords. For more information view a brief PowerPoint presentation regarding HB2639. Too many tenants struggle to find places where their vouchers will be accepted. Fear of administrative issues causes landlord reluctance to participate. When vouchers are not accepted, the important public purpose of the housing assistance program is undermined, and the stability of low-income families is threatened.
If you would like further information Lane County Legal aid has come out with a list of Landlord Frequently Asked Questions about HB 2639. These are still in “draft” status, so are not finalized by the Lane County Legal Aid. We will update these frequently asked questions as soon as we are provided a finalized version.
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) was directed by the 77th Oregon Legislative Assembly to develop and implement the Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee Program. The Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee Program is designed to provide financial assistance to landlords to mitigate damages caused by tenants as a result of their occupancy under the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program. For more information on the Landlord Guarantee Program, please see the Oregon Housing and Community Services toolkit.
This video is also helpful in explaining House Bill 2639.