​   Surviving Displacement 

     Losing one's home  can be  devastating.  Experiencing home loss prompted by no-cause evictions

     and sudden extreme rent increases in a runaway rental market offering few affordable options

     can push one's distress response into high alert affecting every area of our lives. 

     However we can make it a much smoother transition if we stay focused and get organized. 

  • ​    Avoid panic  and or isolating by focusing on expanding your options  & resource 
    • Reach out  earlier Vs later seeking  assistance from others:
  •    family & friends
  •     Other tenants & tenant groups for example;  

​        (Community Alliance of Tenants, Portland Tenants United, NW Pilot Projects)


   Begin early as possible developing a Relocation Plan 

           What are my housing needs?

  • location, size, # of bedrooms, near public transportation, schools, work, daycare, stores

​             What are my estimated  ​moving expenses?

  • Moving truck, packing boxes, tape, furniture coverings,
  • First and last month's rent, fees & deposits (pets, credit checks, waterbeds Etc.) 

​​           Availability & Affordability 

    When will apartments become available that are within my financial  reach?

​    Do I need to work extra hours, get a 2nd job in order to afford to move?

    Are there community resources that can assit  me with  moving expenses ? 

​   What is my time-line?

    Move out date _____________

    Purge completed by ______   (donations, sale, throw away items) 

​   Deadline  for finding replacement housing_________    ( lease and other paperwork completed by ___________)

    Housing inspection date/time____________

​    Movers to be scheduled by ____________

    Packing completed by ________


​    What if I"m approaching my move-out date and have no move-in options?

 Contact management immediately and start negotiating for additional time to move.   If  there is a vacancy opening up soon that you are pretty certain you can get into, then let your landlord know.  Be prepared to pay  the higher  prorated rent at your current location.  

If you don't have a place to move,  then be up front with your landlord and ask them if they can help you find something immediate in your price range.  The other option is to place your belongings in storage and find a neighbor,  friend or family member's couch for a  month or two until you find a suitable place to live. 

In this day and age,renters may experience multiple displacements due to causes beyond their control.  We who have gone through this know the hardship and strain this puts on indviduals and families, especially households with children, medically needy and the elderly.   The main thing is to keep yourself and your family safe, indoors and protected from harsh weather conditions.  




​​​Avoiding denial and panic and  by:

focusing on options,  and available  resources

​The sooner you can shift into problem solving, your worries will begin to dissipate. 

Creating a Relocation

How much time do we have ?

​Date to  be out 

Dollar amount____________________________

How much in rent cxan we afford?


Available Affordable Housing 

How much rent can we afford?

Time frame

Who c

Allowing time and attention for your personal grief throughout your displacement experience  helps us to avoid depression, major illness, or  becoming  overwhelmed and  taking your frustrations out on others.  Some people typically shut down emotionally, focussing inward distracting themselves during a crisis, while others act out in self defeating and or harmful ways.  Remember: though it may not be ideal, there is always something we can do to better our situation.  

Taking Control 

  • Face the reality of losing your home 
  • Acknowledge & share your feelings, needs & concerns with those within your circle of trust
  • Seek support from community networks (E.g., social services, housing, faith based, legislative organizations & tenant groups,) 
  • Listen to your family member's feelings & concerns 

       (E.g. moving away from friends, changing schools, commuting                to and from work, health  job loss, rental costs &  moving                         expenses, finding a new home that is affordable) 

  • Do your best to maintain your health: healthy  diet, regular exercise, continue taking medications , vitamins and minerals, get sufficient  sleep, rest, and relaxation,  and recreation
  • Try keeping a sense of humor 
  • Celebrate the small victories 
  • Do your best and release the rest


Define your Needs:


close to work, school, public transportation, day care, 

 Metro area: N, NW , SW, SE, 

Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington _______________  couny

Apt. Size

# of BR's ____  

# of Bathrooms____


Amenities: WD, Laundry, 


Time - moved out by:_______________

Tenants Priced Out!