Merkley, Wyden Announce over $71 Million in Housing Awards Headed to Oregonians
Federal funding will tackle and address affordable housing, emergency services, and more for Oregonians
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a total investment of $71,024,288 across Oregon in federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds have been dispersed into five different categories that will tackle various housing issues around the state.
“I’ve heard from many Oregonians who are struggling under the enormous weight of America’s affordable housing crisis—a crisis that has only been magnified by the pandemic,” said Merkley. “These critical federal housing investments will help countless Oregonians access and sustain affordable and safe housing in every corner of our state. I’ll continue to do all I can to ensure these housing opportunities remain available and accessible to every member of our communities throughout this pandemic and beyond.”
”Housing is a human right, and these federal resources will help to make that right a reality for Oregonians needing a floor under their feet and a roof over their heads,” said Wyden, author of the Decent, Affordable, Safe Housing for All (DASH) Act. “These housing awards take a good step forward to help provide affordable housing in communities statewide, but there’s more to be done as our state and country deal with the ongoing economic fallout of the public health crisis. And I’ll keep battling to secure those funds for Oregon.”
A breakdown of the funds and categories of the Community Planning Development awards can be found below:
$34,879,947: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)