"Everyone is vulnerable."
Patti Jay never imagined she would get a no-cause eviction after asking her landlord to treat the mold in her bathroom. But she did. Jay hadn't been working at the time she received her no-cause eviction – she was recovering from surgery. "I didn't have the money in order to move into a new place," she said. "I had no first and last month's saved. It was always, you know, paycheck to paycheck just to pay the rent and pay for food and take care of my kids."
Jay felt lucky to have found an apartment in the same neighborhood as her son's high school in Milwaukie. They were worried switching schools would disrupt his learning and connections with teachers and friends.
Since then, she advocated at the Milwaukie City Council to extend the city's eviction notification period from 60 days to 90 days. And she's working with housing advocates to get rid of no-cause evictions.