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 Hola mi gente! 
 

We have a special issue of our newsletter this week as HB 4157 is up for a public hearing tomorrow! We’re also highlighting some other noteworthy bills this week as well as coverage of our legislative priorities and progress we’re making this legislative session.


  Table of Contents  

  • Submit Testimony HB 4157 Cost of Living Support Payments
  • Noteworthy Bills This Week
  • In the News
  • Connect with Our Office
  • Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Resources

 HB 4157 Cost of Living Support Payments 


 Action Alert! 


Low-wage workers and communities play an essential role in ensuring Oregon's success. The costs of living for low income and working families and individuals continue to rise. We know that the wealth gap has widened since the beginning of the pandemic, and the costs of groceries, healthcare, rent, and childcare continue to rise. Working families need support now to be able to pay for essential needs. 

HB 4157 if passed would provide one time payments of $600 to Oregon's lowest income workers as soon as July 2022. The bill is scheduled for a virtual, public hearing tomorrow, February 17th at 1:30pm. We encourage you to submit written testimony in support of this important bill!
 

Sign Up To Submit Testimony

  Noteworthy Bills This Week  
 

Are you interested in participating during the short session?
We have a toolkit for that! Click here to learn more.
 

Supporting small businesses & working families:

  • HB 4005: Immediate support for childcare providers and continued work on building the Department of Early Learning and Care.
     
  • HB 4092: Broadband. Readies Oregon to use federal dollars to expand high-quality broadband statewide
     
  • SB 1545 Future Ready Oregon. This plan focuses investments in three areas: Health care, manufacturing, and construction, with an aim of helping those who have historically faced disadvantages, including people of color, people of low-income, women, rural communities, veterans, and those who are and have been in prison. The plan will help break down barriers to employment and give Oregonians the resources and pathways to succeed.
     
  • SB 1579: Equity Investment Act. Establishes fund to provide services to support economic stability, self-sufficiency, wealth-building, and economic equity among disadvantaged businesses/individuals
     
  • HB 4117: Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach


Driving down the cost of living:

  • HB 4052: Mobile health units to serve priority populations who lack access to health care 

  • HB 4013: Higher ed tuition waiver for unaccompanied homeless youth. Expands grants for orgs helping unaccompanied homeless youth focused on areas without existing services

  • HB 4064: Supports innovative housing solutions like modular homes, increases access to programs that help victims of natural disaster rebuild after losing manufactured homes

  • HB 4063: Aims to streamline local regulatory processes to make it easier to build housing, helping to address our 140K-unit housing supply backlog.

  In the News 

  • Oregon lawmakers looking to make child care more affordable, available - Oregon Capital Chronicle

  • Oregon lawmakers revise proposal for stimulus payments to low-income workers, call for $600 checks, The Oregonian

  • Oregon Democrats revive proposal to give low-wage workers economic impact checks - OPB

  • Workers gather for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest as lawmakers consider overtime bill - Statesman Journal

  • Oregon lawmakers push for plan to get $200M for high-speed broadband access - Statesman Journal

  • SB 1510 will address public safety - Statesman Journal

  • Proponen cheque de estímulo para residentes de bajos y medianos ingresos de Oregon - Univision Oregon

  • Oregon House Democrats pass bill modernizing voter registration - The Skanner

 

  Connect with Our Office!  

 

Do you have a question, need support, or want to share with us something that's important to you? You can reach our HD 47 staff by sending an email  to Rep.AndreaValderrama@oregonlegislature.gov  or calling (503) 986-1447.

 Emergency Rental Assistance  


The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance portal reopened on Wednesday, January 26th. 

 If you are in need of emergency rental assistance, once the application opens apply as soon as you are able as funds are limited, and the portal will stay open for a minimum of three weeks. 
 
Apply for Rental Assistance

  Resources Reminders 
 

 
 Non-Emergency Bias Response Hotline 

The Oregon Department of Justice now has a trauma informed hotline for community members who have experienced or witnessed a hate incident or crime. The operators on this line are trained to help survivors and there is multilingual support with interpreters in 240 languages.

The response hotline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday PST. For community members with a hearing disability, please dial 711.
You can also visit: standagainsthate.oregon.gov

 Wellness 

As we continue to experience public health and safety issues due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many people are struggling with their mental health. Many feelings of fatigue and repetition are normal when navigating a phenomenon like this, but if you are consistently experiencing depression or hopelessness please talk to someone who can offer you support

If you are in need of food access or other services, please check out Street Root's Rose City Resource for a comprehensive list of supportive services. 

  • Lines for Life Racial Equity Line: 503-575-3764
    • Support by people who have lived experience of racism, weekdays 10am to 7pm
  • Call to Safety: 503-235-5333
    • Trauma informed support for domestic and sexual abuse survivors, 24/7
  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
    • Support for queer youth, 24/7 via phone, text, or chat
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    • Support for people considering suicide in English and Español, 24/7 - you matter, please call if you are contemplating suicide. Also available for those who have a hearing disability. Chat option available.
       
 Covid-19 Vaccine Resources 

For the most up-to-date information, including eligibility for Booster shots, visit Oregon Health Authority (OHA)’s booster and third doses web page. Vaccines are safe and effective. To learn more, visit the OHA FAQ pageUse the OHA Vaccine Locator Map to find a vaccination site close to you.
 
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