Labor, Health & Human Services & Education Appropriations Bill Includes Over $1 Million to Help Victims of Abuse and Oregon Veterans

Washington D.C.
– Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services & Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill includes $1.35 million for Oregon to assist victims of human trafficking, provide critical support for veterans returning home, and supply necessary resources for rural health clinics. 

“This economy has left people across Oregon in tough straits, but there is no shortage of caring people who dedicate their lives to helping their neighbors improve their lives,” said Merkley.  “When these projects become law, they will support the compassion and service that make our communities stronger.  Whether it’s giving victims of human trafficking a pathway toward recovery and a life independent of abuse, helping our soldiers deal with stress after returning home, or giving more families access to health clinics, these projects will make Oregonians’ lives better.”

“This funding would be a major step forward to help victims of human trafficking break free from this tragic modern-day slavery,” said Wyden.  “I’ve pushed for the funding in this bill because these services will help trafficking victims, create jobs across Oregon, strengthen communities from Portland to Medford with improved health care, and support our veterans.  Those are priorities that matter to Oregonians.”

Projects in the Labor, Health and Human Services & Education Appropriations bill include:

YWCA of Greater Portland – $600,000
The funds will be used to staff a center dedicated to providing shelter and services to survivors of human trafficking.

Oregon Partnership, Portland, OR – $200,000
The Helping Our Heroes project will support a dedicated Oregon Line at Oregon Partnership’s LifeLine Call Center for returning soldiers and their families dealing with mental health, suicide, and alcohol and drug problems.

La Clinica del Valle Family Health Care Center – Medford, OR – $200,000
The funds will help La Clinica del Valle increase current dental training capacity to address the 3,500 person waiting list.

Sherman County Health District dba Moro Medical Clinic – Moro, OR – $150,000
Funds will be used to upgrade the clinic and bring it up to code by  installing  a security system, heating and air conditioning, a generator for emergencies, and a new roof – bringing the entire facility up to code.

Center for Enhanced Diabetic Eye Care – Portland – $100,000
The funds will be used to install two non-invasive diabetic retinopathy programs to provide enhanced diabetic services and care to those disproportionately affected by the disease.

Coastal Family Health Center, Astoria, OR – $100,000

This project allows Coastal Family Health Center to expand their clinic and increase services to all persons living or working in the communities in and around Clatsop County. This will allow for the addition of dental and mental health services and increase primary care services for people who lack health or dental insurance.

The Labor, Health and Human Services & Education Appropriations bill must still pass the full Senate, be merged with a companion bill from the House, and be signed by the President before it becomes law and the funds become available.