SALEM, Ore. — A group of Oregon lawmakers is set to send $34 million toward rental assistance, worker relief, small business assistance, and domestic violence housing amid the coronavirus crisis.
According to a statement from the offices of Oregon's House Speaker and Senate President, the legislative Emergency Board will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday to finalize the funding. The Emergency Board typically operates to allocate funding when the legislature is not in session.
"Funds will be dedicated to support workers and small businesses, as well as provide housing assistance to vulnerable Oregonians," the lawmakers said. "Additionally, the Emergency Board will increase federal spending limits to access relief in the CARES Act."
The emergency funding reportedly will include the following:
$12 million – Safe Shelter and Rental Assistance
- Rental assistance and safe shelter alternatives for individuals who have lost income due to COVID-19 and shelter for individuals at risk of infection or health problems due to inadequate shelter or housing.
$10 million – Oregon Worker Relief Fund
- Payments to workers ineligible for wage replacement payments from traditional unemployment insurance programs or unable to qualify for unemployment benefits due to immigration status.
$10 million* – Small Business Assistance
- Establishes an assistance program for small businesses with no more than 25 employees impacted by COVID-19 economic restrictions that have not received support from the federal CARES Act. *The $10 million small business assistance program will include $5 million from the Emergency Fund matched with $5 million from existing funds in the executive branch’s Business, Innovation and Trade Division.
$2 million – Domestic Violence Housing Support
- Emergency housing for victims of domestic and sexual violence.