Winter Eviction Prevention Part of Special Session of Oregon Legislature, Monday |
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced an agreement with leaders of the Oregon Legislature to have the bills considered in the special session she called on Monday.
Brown said Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed on a proposal to reduce evictions over the winter and other measures.
“The people of Oregon facing a potential eviction don’t have time to wait – they need an immediate solution that keeps them in their homes. And, last year, the people of Oregon faced unprecedented challenges due to record heat and persistent drought conditions, ”Brown said. in the December 10 announcement.
“I want to thank lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who have worked with me over the past few days to put in place a suite of policies and investments that address the urgent needs of the people of Oregon.”
According to the announcement, the session will include actions on the following topics:
• Housing: $ 215 million to prevent winter evictions and move to long-term eviction prevention services provided locally, as well as extended shelter protections for tenants who have applied for rental assistance.
• Drought Relief: Providing $ 100 million to help Oregon residents affected by extreme heat and drought conditions this summer.
• Suppression of Illegal Cannabis: Providing $ 25 million for a comprehensive, state-wide plan to combat the proliferation of illegal cannabis in the state and mitigate the associated humanitarian impacts.
• Resettlement of Afghan Refugees: $ 18 million to support the resettlement of Afghan refugees in Oregon.
In addition, according to the announcement, the Legislature plans to address a number of other priority issues for lawmakers, including: support for affordable housing in targeted areas ($ 14 million); grants to guides to outdoor recreation providers affected by drought or COVID-19 ($ 10 million); OHP dental funding ($ 19 million); Metro de l’Est awareness, prevention and intervention program ($ 2 million); and cross-laminated timber modular housing demonstration projects ($ 5 million).
As previously announced by Oregon Housing and Community Services, nearly all of the remaining federal emergency rent assistance funds have been paid on behalf of or requested by tenants in Oregon. The policy and funding proposal to take immediate action to prevent winter evictions includes the following:
• Extend eviction protections for each person who has requested rental assistance and initiates Safe Harbor protections by June 30, 2022. Safe Harbor protections will remain in place during the processing requests, so as not to last longer than September 30, 2022 (Current safe harbor protections in law last 60 days.)
• Make sure landlords are paid in full for the rent owed to them.
• Provide up to $ 100 million in additional emergency rent assistance to ensure access for low-income tenants in winter.
• Provide $ 100 million to support partnerships with existing programs as Oregon shifts from emergency rental assistance related to a large-scale pandemic to long-term eviction prevention services delivered locally.
The $ 100 million drought relief package agreed to by the governor and lawmakers includes:
• $ 40 million for an agricultural disaster loan repayable loan program to fill gaps in federal disaster relief for agricultural producers and provide transitional assistance while Oregonians wait for federal funds.
• $ 12 million for the Klamath Basin for assistance with domestic wells, wells for livestock, drought resilience and for assistance to irrigation districts.
• $ 9.7 million to address drought on Klamath tribal lands.
• $ 10 million for agricultural workers who are absent from work due to unsafe working conditions resulting from extreme heat or smoke.
• $ 9.75 million for assistance to irrigation districts to offset the costs of water use.
• $ 5 million for the eradication of crickets and grasshoppers.
• $ 5.75 million for assistance to domestic and community wells.
• $ 1.5 million for the Oregon Community Food Systems Network to develop a disaster relief fund for farmers unable to access federal disaster relief funds or the repayable loan program. disaster proposed by the State.
• $ 3 million for an emergency soil conservation fund in Jefferson County.
• $ 1 million for Drought Resilience Works in Jefferson County.
• $ 1 million for technical assistance to BIPOC farmers and awareness raising on drought resistant crops.
• $ 750,000 for drought resistance research and implementation.
• $ 300,000 for a statewide drought vulnerability assessment.