Malheur County landlords, tenants counting on relief as Covid rules hold

An apartment building in Vale advertises a vacancy. The most recent U.S. Census data estimates that nearly half of Malheur County's homes – 4,197 – are rented. (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel).

ONTARIO – The year 2020 was rough for renters, according to Priscilla García, housing programs manager at Community in Action.

The Ontario nonprofit normally helps about 100 families a year with rental payments. But since the start of the Covid pandemic, the caseload has ballooned to more than 450 families as people have lost jobs or work hours. 

“We have (been seeing) households who’ve actually never applied for any type of assistance like this before,” said García.

According to the most recent U.S. Census data, nearly half of the homes in Malheur County are rented – 4,197.

In December . . .