$46 million directed to Oregon to help tackle homelessness – Oregon Capital Chronicle

Local governments and nonprofits in Oregon will receive more than $46 million in federal grants to provide shelter for homeless people.

The senses. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced the US Department of Housing and Urban Development grants this week. Oregon’s share is part of more than $2.6 billion that will be spent nationwide.

“Oregonians in every corner of our state are struggling under the crushing weight of our affordable housing crisis, and like so many other issues, America’s housing emergency has only been amplified by the pandemic. “, Merkley said in a statement. “I am grateful that these Oregon counties and communities are receiving this important funding to ensure access to affordable and safe housing for all members of our communities throughout this pandemic and beyond.”

At least 14,655 Oregonians were homeless on a single night in January 2020, according to the federal department’s annual tally. Due to the Covid pandemic in 2021, it only counted the roughly 5,200 people staying in shelters, and data for 2022 is not yet available.

New federal funds will be distributed across the state, with more than half of the funds going to the Portland area. A complete list of projects is available online.

Local governments and nonprofit organizations competed for the awards.

In 2019, the latest year for which Multnomah County has data, about 4,000 people lived on the streets, in homeless shelters or in transitional housing. Just over half had no shelter.

The $28.6 million Multnomah County will receive in federal grants will go toward programs that have helped more than 1,500 formerly homeless individuals and families find housing.

There is money available for existing subsidized housing like Madrona Studios, a five-story, 180-unit apartment building in northeast Portland, and Sunrise Place, a 10-home complex for families previously without shelter whose parents are recovering from drug addiction.

Lane, Washington and Clackamas counties will each receive approximately $4.1 million for their own services.

About 1,600 people were homeless at Lane County’s 2020 point-in-time count, and more than 1,000 had no shelter. The county will receive about $1 million for programs to quickly get dozens of people off the streets and into stable permanent housing.

Clackamas County had about 1,200 homeless residents in 2019, the most recent year of data. It uses most of its federal grants to provide housing for homeless veterans, families, and survivors of domestic violence.

Washington County, which had 716 homeless people in 2021, intends to use about half of its federal grant to pursue a county-run project that provides 150 homes and comprehensive services for people with mental illnesses. or chronic physical, substance abuse or developmental disabilities.

Marion and Polk counties had nearly 1,100 homeless residents in 2019. The area will receive nearly $1.3 million in federal grants to address homelessness, about that amount of which will go to help survivors of violence domesticated.

Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties will receive $786,000 to help some of the area’s 1,100 homeless residents find housing. Jackson County will receive $268,000. The rest of the state is expected to receive nearly $2.8 million for Oregon homelessness outreach.

The federal grants come after Oregon lawmakers allocated $50 million to turn motels into homeless shelters and $25 million for major cities and counties to spend on temporary shelters, services proximity and hygiene services.

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