Bills address homelessness crisis in state


April 5, 2023

Courtesy of the Governor's Office

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek signs a $200 million homelessness package on March 29 that aims to tackle a crisis that affects thousands of Oregonians.

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek last week signed two legislative bills allocating $200 million to address Oregon's homelessness crisis.

House Bill 2001 and House Bill 5019 passed both chambers of the Legislature with full Democratic and some Republican support. They comprise a $200 million package, including more than $112 million to expand the state's shelter capacity by 700 beds and help about 1,650 people move into permanent homes within the next year. The package also includes $25 million for homeless youth and more than $33 million for rent assistance to help nearly 9,000 families stay in thei...

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