Kotek releases some emergency aid for homeless

Candidate Tina Kotek as she outlined her plans for dealing with homelessness at a news conference Oct. 17 in Marion Square Park in Salem. Gov. Kotek, three months to the day of her Jan. 10 executive order declaring a state of emergency, announced $80 million in allocations of state aid to the 10 counties most affected. Behind her is Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis.

Gov. Tina Kotek announced specific amounts of state aid to help designated regions create more shelter beds and rehouse more people who are now without housing.

But in making her announcement Monday, April 10, she praised some regions for being specific about meeting end-of-the-year targets — but singled out Portland/Multnomah County and Clackamas County for shortcomings in the plans they submitted to the state.

Peter Wong covers Oregon politics for Pamplin Media Group.


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