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With thousands facing eviction from their homes, Oregon Legislature coming to the rescue

Some Oregon tenants are losing protection against evictions as the state pauses applications for state help with rent. (Getty Images)

Salem resident Christy Hernandez wants Oregon legislators to know the state failed her.

In March, the mother of three young boys wrote to lawmakers urging them to give families like hers more time to catch up on back rent tand protect them from eviction as they struggled with pandemic-caused job losses.

That legislation ultimately passed, but it didn’t save Hernandez and her sons, who now live in a motel after being evicted, she wrote in a second letter recently to lawmakers.

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