Wyden, Merkley Announce Nearly $9 Million in Housing Aid for Oregon

Washington, D.C. – Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Clackamas and Washington counties as well as the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro will receive nearly $9 million in federal grants for housing assistance.

The grants are aimed at providing help for low- and moderate-income people, assisting people trying to find permanent housing after experiencing homelessness and expanding the housing supply for low-income families.

 “Increasing housing prices have walloped Oregonians throughout our state, and that’s painfully true in the metropolitan Portland area,” Wyden said. “This much-needed assistance will help Washington and Clackamas counties, Beaverton and Hillsboro provide Oregonians with one of the most basic human needs – a safe place to live.”

“Oregon, and especially the Portland Metro region, has been grappling with the biggest housing crisis in decades, with rents dramatically outpacing incomes and affordable housing increasingly difficult to find,” Merkley said. “Every family deserves a decent, safe, and affordable place to call home, and while much more needs to be done, these grants will support our most vulnerable neighbors.”

 “Thanks to Senators Wyden, Merkley, and the rest of our federal delegation who support these important programs, these funds will enable us to provide housing rehabilitation assistance — and provide additional resources to low-income communities and neighborhoods — to a far larger number of low-income residents here in Clackamas County,” said Kevin Ko, Housing and Community Development Manager of Clackamas County’s Department of Health, Housing and Human Services.

 The total of $8.9 million in grants will be distributed as follows: 

  • Clackamas County, $3.47 million
  • Washington County, $4 million
  • City of Beaverton, $754,252
  • City of Hillsboro, $721,669