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  Table of Contents  
  • 2022 End of Session Report!
  • Local Efforts to Support the People of Ukraine
  • Tax Season Support
  • Community Spotlight
  • Emergency Rental Assistance + Food Pantry
  • Additional Resources
The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program will stop accepting applications at 11:59pm on Monday, March 21st. 

 2022 End of Session Report and Summary 

 

Our team has been working on putting together a ✨ stunning ✨report for you, so I highly encourage you to check it out if you're able - but I'll also provide a couple of highlights below! We will also have a two page summary that will be available on my website in English and Spanish next week. 

The Budget Reconciliation Bill - HB 4052 - provided funding for:

  • Wousing supply and homelessness prevention and response
  • Worker relief and behavioral health
  • Childcare and summer learning
  • Community violence prevention and crime victim assistance
  • Disaster and wildfire recovery and resiliency and drought and climate resiliency
  • Economic and community development projects
  • Public universities and community college
  • Information technology projects
Oregon Worker Relief Fund
The Legislature appropriated $65 million to the Oregon Worker Relief Fund. A portion of this budget allocation - $15 million - will be used to provide pandemic relief for individuals who lost work because of COVID-19 but are ineligible for unemployment because of immigration status and to provide direct $600 payments to ITIN filers.

Reproductive Equity Fund
The Legislature appropriated $15 million to Seeding Justice to administer the Reproductive Equity Fund. This funding ensures that Oregon is prepared to address unprecedented threats to reproductive freedom. The fund advances reproductive equity in supporting:

  • Key investments in capital and infrastructure
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Strategies to address unmet patient need
  • And providing a robust and transparent community-informed process

I’m proud to have passed six of eight bills on my agenda:

  1. Cost of Living Support Payments
  2. Transforming Justice 2022
  3. Farmworker Overtime
  4. Access to Cooling
  5. Universal Representation
  6. Election Worker Safety
Unfinished Business
Unfortunately, one of my top priorities, HB 4099: Racial Equity and Justice Youth Collaborative, did not move forward this session. Deep appreciation to the youth who organized and raised their voices on this important issue. We’ll be bringing it back next session. I'll also be focusing on passing the restoration of voting rights and race and ethnicity on tax forms bills. Additionally I'll work on moving these priorities forwards:
  • Work in coalition with community leaders to identify ways to prevent tenant displacement
  • Increase accessibility to the historic property program for underrepresented communities
  • Ensure economic stability for working families and low income individuals
  • Foster safe environments in our schools and communities
  • Establishing good governance by reducing barriers, addressing costs of living, and ensuring equitable representation in elected positions
Review the report here!

  Local Efforts to Support Ukraine 

 

The unfolding and heartbreaking conflict in Ukraine, though thousands of miles away, is personal to us here in Oregon, which is home to one of the largest populations of Ukrainian-speakers in the United States. I’m thinking about our community members with family and friends in Ukraine.

There have also been alarming reports on how racism is impacting African, South Asian, and Afro-Ukrainians who are fleeing war. Our collective liberation and humanity is a global issue and all people seeking refuge should be treated with dignity and empathy.

I’m sending strength and care to the people of Ukraine, the people of: Syria, Yemen, Haiti, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia and all people who are navigating their lives through conflict and violence. We all deserve to flourish free from oppression. 

People all over Portland are finding creative ways to help the Ukrainian people in the face of the Russian military invasion, from arts sales to vodka to direct aid. Here are some ways you can help right now: 

  • Local artist Tatyana Ostapenko, (follow her at @postsovietart on Instagram), is selling all of her art and donating 100 percent of the proceeds of every piece sold to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.

  • T Project, an organic tea shop in Northwest Portland, has launched a fundraising effort called “Holding Hands with Ukraine.” The store will be donating 25 percent of their sales to Direct Relief, a non-profit committing $500,000 to provide medical supplies, food, and humanitarian relief to Ukraine. The shop owner, Teri Gelber announced the fundraiser here: “Holding Hands with Ukraine”

  • Kachka, a Russian restaurant in Southeast Portland, is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from certain menu items to the Red Cross in Ukraine for the foreseeable future. The Chervona Wine cocktail is among these items. Kachka is also working to create a Ukrainian dumpling which will be sold frozen at both Kachka Lavka and New Seasons, and plans to donate the proceeds to the #CookforUkraine campaign, a developing global fundraising effort which is raising money for UNICEF

Follow along with the Ukranian-American Cultural Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington, which is currently hosting ongoing fundraising efforts to provide emergency medical supplies to Ukraine. 

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  Support for Tax Season 

 

Tax season is upon us! Here are some free tax preparation assistance services that are available in the Portland metro area: 

AARP

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and remote tax assistance free of charge to anyone, with a special focus on taxpayers who are 50 or older or who have low to moderate income. Federal and state tax assistance is available at all locations. 

There are multiple locations throughout the Portland metro. Find a location near you by searching on their site. You can also submit a request for help online.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Assistance is provided at community centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other locations. Enter your zip code to find out if there is a site near you and to make an appointment.

CASH Oregon

This Oregon business provides low income families and individuals from every community and background in Oregon with tax assistance. Their volunteers are trained and certified to prepare most individual tax returns and limited self-employment returns. To qualify, your household income must be below $57,500, along with other income restrictions.

  Community Spotlight  

 
Do you have a favorite restaurant, business, organization, or space in outer East Portland that you love and want to celebrate? We're working on creating a submission form to feature some of the vibrant places in HD 47 that make our communities so amazing - in the meantime contact our Communications and Constituent Services Manager, Kimberléa, to share your idea!
kimberlea.ruffu@oregonlegislature.gov

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 is closing on Monday, March 21st at 11:59pm. If you are in need of emergency rental assistance, once the application opens apply as soon as you are able.
 
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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