Portland and Multnomah County residential renters cannot be evicted until the current COVID-19 emergency is over, after which they will have six months to pay their back rent, County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a Tuesday, March 17, press conference.

The county also will be using vacant public buildings to set up hundreds of new shelter beds to accommodate homeless people while adhering to social distancing guidelines to lower the spread of the coronavirus.