December 08, 2022

Merkley, Wyden Announce $42 Million to Support Oregonians' Health Care and Supportive Services for Oregonians

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that Oregon is receiving $39,664,611 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve critical public health infrastructure serving Oregonians and $2,347,258 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. 

“It’s vital that patients and their families receive timely, quality care and crucial wraparound supports,” said Merkley. “This funding from the CDC and HUD will provide immense benefits to Oregonians by investing in both health care infrastructure and supporting housing needs—ensuring Oregonians can continue getting the care they require.” 

“These federal investments in public health and in housing for Oregonians living with HIV/AIDS are both timely and essential for quality of life in our state,” Wyden said. “Keeping Oregonians healthy with access to the care and the housing they need must always be a top priority, and I’ll keep battling for those funds in every part of the state.”

The CDC’s Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems grant, which is funded in part by the American Rescue Plan Act, supports critical public health infrastructure needs across the United States by ensuring that communities have the people, services, and systems needed to promote and protect health.  

Recipients and awards of this program can be found below: 

  • Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division: $30,571,393 
  • Multnomah County Health Department: $9,093,218 

HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program supports the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. 

Recipients and awards of this program can be found below: 

  • Oregon Health Authority: $1,299,154 
  • Cascade AIDS Project: $1,048,104