Oregon receives $3 million in rental assistance funding to deal with ‘urgent crisis’

– Oregon lawmakers announced Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury is providing the
state with more than $3 million in rental assistance funding.

More than $2 million will go to Oregon Housing and Community
Services while over $1 million was given to the City of Portland.

“This funding comes at a crucial time for Oregonians
facing the tightest rental market in decades,” said Congressman Earl
Blumenauer, “For years, I’ve worked to make the federal government a
better partner with local communities to solve the housing crisis. I am pleased
the federal government is working in partnership with our state and local
communities to get help to those in need.”

The funding comes after Gov. Tina Kotek declared a homeless
state of emergency earlier in January.

“Housing is a human right, and these federal resources
will help to make that right a reality for Oregonians struggling to make their
monthly rental payments,” said Senator Ron Wyden, author of the Decent,
Affordable, Safe Housing for All (DASH) Act. “This assistance takes a good
step forward to help renters in Portland and throughout Oregon, and I’ll
continue battling to secure all the federal support needed to help make real
gains in battling homelessness and major housing affordability challenges
facing communities statewide.”

Senator Jeff Merkley called housing affordability “one
of the most urgent crises in Oregon.”

“For many families, the ongoing pandemic has caused
loss of income and new, unexpected costs, making it especially hard to keep up
with rent,” Sen. Merkley said. “No one should have to choose between
putting food on their table or a roof over their head. I’m grateful Oregonians
will benefit from this funding – a helping hand to continue making their
monthly rent payments.”