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Governor calls special session on eviction protections for Oregon tenants

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is calling legislators into special session later this month. (The Enterprise/FILE)

Gov. Kate Brown will call the Legislature into a special session on eviction protections on Dec. 13, nearly two weeks after the deadline for Oregon tenants affected by the Covid pandemic to seek aid paying rent.

Brown’s announcement includes a request for $190 million in additional state funding. The first $90 million would provide additional rental assistance to help renters and landlords through the winter, while the remaining $100 million would ease a transition from a state-run pandemic rental assistance program to long-term eviction prevention programs run at the local level. 

Tenant advocates and some legislators have pushed for additional action from the governor or Legislature for months, as tens of thousands of renters have fallen behind . . .