Emergency Board to allocate $30 million in virus response funding

The legislative Emergency Board will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday to allocate over $30 million in funding to support Oregonians during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the offices of House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney.

The Emergency Board can allocate funds and makes budget decisions when the Legislature is not in session. The board has about $50 million to work with, according to reporting from Oregon Public Broadcasting, but Speaker Kotek hopes to leave about $20 million in the emergency fund to address wildfires and other hazards.

 

 

According to the lawmakers, the Emergency Board funding will include:

  • $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.