Tech woes, paperwork and staffing shortages plague the state as it works to distribute rental assistance dollars.

CONTRIBUTED GRAPHIC - Federal and state rent assistances funds are slow to be spent.A growing number of evictions statewide is causing concern for Oregon renters who are struggling to get the money they need to remain housed as the state tries to ramp up the pace at which it distributes federal dollars to keep people in their homes.

More than $204 million in federal dollars is available to Oregon residents, but the state has approved just $38 million of that particular pot to reach just over 6,200 households in 2021, according to Oregon Housing and Community Services.

The United States Department of the Treasury announced that it hopes to see states distribute approximately 65% of their federally allocated rent assistance dollars by Sept. 30. Oregon has only distributed about 18% with just two weeks until that deadline arrives.

After Sept. 30, the Treasury Department is allowed to take back funds that were allocated to states in excess, but it is not required to.

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