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Oregon Landlord Compensation Fund deluged with applicants, prompting official to extend the deadline.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A standard rental lease application is shown here.Officials said they have received a "tremendous response" from landlords applying to a new state relief fund — with the surfeit of enthusiasm now rapidly outpacing staff capacity.

After opening the gate to online applications Feb. 17, Oregon Housing & Community Services spokeswoman Kate Gonsalves told the Tribune that 913 applications, encompassing 3,216 properties, have been added into the system as of Feb. 26.

"Applications are still coming in," Gonsalves said.

In recognition of the deluge, the deadline to submit applications statewide has been extended to 4 p.m. Friday, March 5.

The Oregon Landlord Compensation Fund offers $150 million in public dollars to landlords whose tenants have declared financial hardship amid the ongoing ban on no-cause evictions prompted by the novel coronavirus.

The money will not be distributed on a first come, first served basis — but instead via a scoring system that prioritizes smaller landlords and those with the highest percentage of tenants who had submitted the hardship declaration form.

About $50 million is expected to be doled out during this first round of grant funding; applications can be resubmitted for subsequent rounds with updated information.

State officials ask landlords not to worry if their questions haven't received an immediate reply.

"The enthusiastic response to the program opening is outpacing our staff capacity to respond to system and programmatic questions," according to a news release. "We are working to quickly add additional customer service and system support capacity needed to meet the level of interest along with being able to better support the needs of those applicants who require special accommodation and a higher level of assistance to navigate the application process."

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Zane Sparling
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