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2020 Legislative Session

Top Priorities

SB 1532: Healthy Homes Pilot Program

Habitat for Humanity of Oregon is leading this effort. This bill seeks a $4 million pilot investment to fund much-needed Healthy Home Repairs. Similar to the bill filed in 2019, half will go out by formula with weatherization dollars to community action agencies. Habitat and other repair providers will apply competitively for the remaining $2 million to support Healthy Home repairs.

This bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Housing and Development Committee on Feb. 4. Special thanks to Benton Habitat for Humanity volunteer Bob Burton for joining Jimmy Jones from Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Miranda Mishan from NAYA and Habitat for Humanity of Oregon Executive Director Shannon Vilhauer to provide testimony during the hearing and work session. This bill is currently in Joint Ways & Means. Habitat Oregon is working with our lobby team and endorsers to try to shake this bill out of committee for funding. We will likely reduce the overall funding request in the next few days, to try to get this pilot initiative to pass in the short session. More information

 

Oregon IDA Initiative

Neighborhood Partnerships and the Housing Alliance are leading this effort. The Oregon IDA Initiative is currently funded through a state tax credit. Because of changes in federal tax law and code, the Oregon IDA Initiative is facing significant budget cuts. The Legislature took action in 2019, but it wasn’t enough, and now the Initiative is facing 40% funding cuts. This means Oregonians won’t be able to enter the program. IDAs are too valuable to our communities to let this happen. We need to invest in the long-term financial stability of Oregonians with lower incomes. Our friends at Neighborhood Partnerships are seeking immediate action and support:

  • Email Legislative Leadership and members of Ways and Means to ask for their support of IDAs! We are working to preserve funding for the IDA this legislative session; however, we need as many supporters as possible to contact Leadership and members of the Ways and Means Committee Capital Construction Subcommittee to ensure they understand the impact IDAs have in their community. Using our new online tool, 11 pre-drafted emails will appear and it will only take a moment to email these key legislators to ask them for their support. We would also encourage you to personalize these emails by adding a sentence or two about your connection or the impacts IDAs have in your community. You can easily edit the email template by clicking the pre-drafted message, simply make sure to include it in each of the 11 drafted messages within the online tool.
  • Share and post on social media or in your upcoming newsletter! See templates or share one of our NP posts on Facebook.
  • Questions? Please call or email Janet Byrd (jbyrd@neighborhoodpartnerships.org or 503-226-3001, ext 103) or Carlos David Garcia (cgarcia@neighborhoodpartnerships.org or call 503-226-3001, ext 109).
  • More information

 

Support Items

HB 4003: Addressing Racial Disparities in Homeownership Workgroup Package

On Feb. 17, this bill moved out of House Human Services & Housing and to Joint Ways & Means by prior referral. Oregon Housing and Community Services has recommended the following funding levels for the latest version of this bill:

  • $2 million for additional down payment assistance
  • $2 million for outreach and technical assistance to ensure communities of color have access to homeownership resources
  • $2 million for Individual Development Account savers working towards homeownership
  • $5 million for the construction of new affordable homes

 

HB 4039: EMO’s 3 Strategies to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon has asked Habitat for Humanity of Oregon to support their $3.15 million request to curtail youth homelessness. This initiative continues to make steady process, and has a work session scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24 in the Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Services. More information

 

HB 4070: Craft3 Septic Loan Program

Craft3 is seeking interim funding from the legislature to underwrite their septic replacement loan program that operates three tiers to assist homeowners in different income ranges. This program operates statewide. This bill moved unanimously out of the Senate Water committee on Feb. 7 and is in a holding pattern in Joint Ways & Means. More information

 

To learn about other affordable housing priorities this legislative session, please visit the Housing Alliance website for regular updates.