Wyden, Merkley: Oregon Housing Authorities to Receive Nearly $3 Million in COVID-19 Aid

Washington, DC – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Jackson, Yamhill, Linn and Benton counties will receive about $2.97 million to help residents with housing choice vouchers during COVID-19.

”With the ongoing economic and public health wallop of COVID-19 now compounded by wildfires threatening so many Oregonians, these housing funds are especially timely,“ Wyden said. “I’m glad these resources have been secured for Oregonians and I will keep fighting to make sure that all possible federal aid, housing and otherwise, heads to our state.” 

“Every Oregonian needs and deserves a roof over their head—especially right now, as wildfire smoke blankets our state and the coronavirus continues to ravage the country,” said Merkley. “These grants will help provide residents with the critical housing assistance they need to stay safe during this turbulent chapter. And while they’ll make a difference for Oregonians in Jackson, Yamhill, Linn and Benton counties, I know more counties are in need, and will keep fighting to bring as much support as possible to all of our communities.”

The supplemental funding for the housing choice voucher program is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

The $2.97 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be distributed as follows:

  • Housing Authority of Jackson County, $941,169
  • Housing Authority of Yamhill County, $992,955
  • Linn-Benton Housing Authority, $1.04 million