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Wyden, Merkley: Oregon Public Housing Authorities to Receive More than $5.7 Million in COVID-19 Aid

Wyden, Merkley: Oregon Public Housing Authorities to Receive More than $5.7 Million in COVID-19 Aid

Resources for renters going to housing agencies in Clackamas, Douglas, LINCOLN, Lane, Umatilla, Polk, Marion, Jackson, Yamhill, Klamath, Linn, Benton, Coos, Curry, Washington, Malheur and Josephine counties as well as Mid-Columbia, Northwest Oregon, Northeast, Central Oregon regions; and cities of Portland and Salem

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have announced that 21 public housing authorities throughout Oregon will receive more than $5.7 million in grants to help with tenant-based rental assistance needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided $1.25 billion nationally for tenant-based rental assistance, which funds the housing choice voucher program — including $400 million for increased subsidy costs and $850 million for administrative and other expenses incurred by public housing authorities.

The $5.75 million in grants for Oregon housing authorities will be distributed as follows:

* Housing Authority of Lincoln County, $75,380,

  541.265.5326, www.halc.info

“We very much appreciate Senators Wyden and Merkley for considering housing needs for Oregonians who have suffered financially because of this pandemic,” said Northeast Oregon Housing Authority Executive Director Dale Inslee. “We are also privileged to be just a part of those who can help in any way possible. These funds will be greatly appreciated by landlords, tenants and all agencies working to assist those who are displaced or financially strapped because of this public health crisis.”

“The City of Salem and its housing authority are grateful for the CARES funding,” said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. “The funding will help keep residents housed, residents who are among the most hurt by COVID-19’s economic damage. “

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