Those impacted by the most destructive wildfire season in Oregon history are finally getting some good news. A $2.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will go to help reimburse the costs associated with housing those who lost their homes during the 2020 wildfire season.
The announcement was made on Dec. 2 in a joint press release issued by Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden.
In a press release issued by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley’s office, he said, “The 2020 wildfires were one of the biggest displacement events we’ve seen in Oregon in decades, and it was a huge undertaking to make sure that thousands of impacted families had a safe place to stay in the aftermath.”
FEMA will be sending the grant to the Oregon Department of Human Services to cover the costs of operating 89 shelters for disaster survivors in 22 cities in the following counties:?Baker, Benton, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, and Multnomah.
Senator Merkley added, “I am pleased that this grant will help cover those costs, and I will keep fighting to lessen the burden on Oregon families as we continue to fight for recovery efforts in every corner of the state.”