HB 2004B Grants for Emergency Shelters

06/14/2021
HB 2004B VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown
 
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2004
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/JWM/Overview


This bill allocates $27 million General Funds to support emergency shelters through grants to the Oregon Community Foundation for the acquisition, retrofitting and operation of emergency shelters throughout this state. Also, $2 million for technical assistance for organizations developing and operating emergency shelters or transitional housing accommodations.

Fiscal Responsibility
It’s worth asking why the money goes to a specific non-profit — especially one where at least nine of the 15 board members are Democrats, and many of them high dollar donors to Kate Brown. The Oregon Community Foundation has administered the funding under contract with DAS. Is it because if it goes to the non-profit, the public loses the ability to watch the money? How much is feeding protestors in tent communities or encouraging homeless to come to Oregon? Sending $27 million dollars in a grant to a non-profit so that they can give out grants, doesn’t seem like a solution, but feeds a pet donor; and $2 million for technical assistance for organizations developing and operating emergency shelters or transitional housing accommodations. Appropriates to the Department of Administrative Services General Fund moneys for the establishment of navigation centers in the following jurisdictions: $1.5 million to the City of McMinnville; $1.5 million to the City of Roseburg, $2.5 million to the City of Bend; $2.5 million to the City of Medford; $5 million to the City of Salem; and $5 million to Lane County for a navigation center in the City of Eugene.

Limited Government
Funding pet projects: Out of the General Fund, the amount of $27,000,000, for distribution to the Oregon Community Foundation to support emergency shelters through grants to local community organizations for the acquisition, retrofitting and operation of emergency shelters throughout this state.

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