Oregon's two Democratic senators say they have wrangled more than $2 million to provide rental assistance to homeless veterans in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Marion counties.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide 249 vouchers to homeless veterans, who will also receive support services from the Department of Veteran affairs.
"The veterans we serve certainly appreciate the continued support of Senators Wyden and Merkley in securing these additional housing vouchers," said Komi Kalevor, the director of housing services in Washington County. "These new vouchers will be life-changing for local veterans and their families, who can now receive secure housing, and the support services they need."
Here's how the $2.06 million will be allocated:
• Multnomah County: $1.36 million for 159 vouchers
• Clackamas County: $284,602 for 30 vouchers
• Washington County: $276,033 for 30 vouchers
• Marion County: $136,315 for 30 vouchers
"These vouchers will help to fulfill that commitment to veterans needing a safe and dependable place to live," Wyden said in a news release.
"No one who has fought for our country overseas should return home to sleep on the streets or in a homeless shelter," said Merkley.
A second round of vouchers will be awarded later this year.
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