June 05, 2023

Merkley, Wyden Announce Nearly $1 Million Coming to Oregon for Housing Vouchers to Help Low-Income, Housing Insecure Residents Afford Rent

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding local housing authorities a combined total of $985,893 to help address the housing needs of communities in Portland, Albany, The Dalles, and Klamath Falls. 

“Too many Oregonians are struggling under the enormous weight of America’s affordable housing crisis,” said Senator Merkley. “This critical federal housing funding will help more Oregonians get the housing resources and support they need. I will keep working to make sure everyone in our state is able to find a safe, affordable place to call home.” 

“Housing is a human right and it’s painfully clear in communities across Oregon that people throughout our state need help to cover the rent for a roof overhead,” said Wyden, who has re-introduced legislation that aims to end homelessness in America and build up the U.S. housing supply. These housing vouchers will help Oregonians make their rent payments. And I’ll keep battling for similar resources to help Oregonians afford housing wherever they live in the state.”

The HUD Stability Voucher Program makes Housing Choice assistance available to public housing agencies in partnership with local continuums of care and / or victim service providers to assist people experiencing or at risk of homelessness; those fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; and veterans and families that include a veteran family member that meets one of the preceding criteria. 

Information for the awards coming to Oregon can be found below: 

  • Housing Authority of Portland: $803,620 
  • Linn-Benton Housing Authority: $119,383 
  • Mid-Columbia Housing Authority: $34,989  
  • Klamath Housing Authority: $27,901