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A “For Rent” sign in Southeast Portland Thursday, April 25, 2024, along Hawthorne Blvd.

Portland State University researchers who interviewed dozens of people evicted from their homes in Oregon about half sought legal or financial help, and only a quarter received it.

The findings come as the number of evictions tracked in court filings have rebounded above pre-pandemic levels. The Portland State researchers said the low use of organizational support suggests policymakers need to expand existing programs and improve outreach efforts.

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