Lawmakers divvy up federal money for community projects
Here is a list of projects and programs that will receive contributions from Portland-area lawmakers as part of House Bill 5006, the budget reconciliation bill.
The total of $240 million allocated by the 90 lawmakers is from federal funds under President Joe Biden's pandemic recovery plan, known as the American Rescue Plan. Lawmakers passed the bill, which contained more than $5 billion, before they adjourned their 2021 regular session on Saturday, June 26.
Each of the 60 representatives was allocated $2 million, and each senator $4 million. Money can go to state agencies, local governments (including schools) or nonprofits. Money can be spent on capital improvements, grants or other one-time uses; they cannot be spent on operations. Members were allowed to choose up to four projects each; members could pool money for a project, and several did. Some directed money to counties to be spent on smaller projects.
Top funded metro projects were $4 million for Just Compassion of East Washington County, which staffs a seasonal shelter in Beaverton, and $3.9 million for Central City Concern for its respite center and recuperative care program in downtown Portland.
Metro lawmakers directed juset under $91 million, or about 38% of total spending, from the $240 million.
House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, said money would be released this fall once state officials confirm that project spending complies with federal guidelines.
Although the House District 23 seat is vacant, Republican Rep. Mike Nearman did submit an application for projects before the House voted on June 10 to expel him for aiding anti-lockdown protesters breach the Capitol during the Dec. 21 special session.
The full list, which is broken down by members, is available at https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/246418
The list is classified by county, and there are a few contributions to regional or state programs:
MULTNOMAH COUNTY ($39.8 million)
East Multnomah County: $1.84 million to Multnomah County for programs. Sen. Gorsek. (Shaull Nature Park and La Plaza Esperanza, both in Gresham, $500,000 each; Gresham Parks, $293,000; youth career and development, $217,000; county behavioral health center in downtown Portland and PlayEast Recreation in Fairview and Wood Village, $150,000 each; Rockwood Community Garden, $41,000). A couple of others are listed with joint sponsors.)
East Multnomah County: $968,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Portland/East Metro for land purchases and other support. Rep. Hudson, $784,000; Sen. Gorsek, $184,000.
Fairview: $45,000 to East County Food Pantry. Sen. Gorsek, $35,000; Rep. Hudson, $10,000.
Gresham: $1.2 million to Human Solutions of Oregon for Aldercrest Apartments renovation. Rep. Hudson.
Gresham: $2.4 million to Mount Hood Community College for retractable cover for pool and multicultural center. Sen. Gorsek and Rep. Williams, $1 million each; Rep. Reardon, $300,000; Rep. Ruiz, $100,000.
Gresham: $700,000 to city for unspecified project. Rep. Ruiz.
Gresham: $1.5 million to Gresham-Barlow School District for school-based health center. Rep. Ruiz, $1 million; Sen. Gorsek, $500,000.
Multnomah County: $2,320,000 for various purposes. Sen. Dembrow. ($1 million for Summer Works for youth employment; $500,000 each for electric school buses and replacement of older polluting wood stoves, $230,000 for new behavioral health center in downtown Portland)
Portland, African Youth and Community Organization: $1 million for project for low-cost housing, community center and office in Northeast Portland. Sen. Dembrow.
Portland, Airway Science for Kids Center: $1 million. Sen. Frederick.
Portland: Albina Head Start classrooms: $300,000 to Home Forward. Rep. Sanchez.
Portland, Albina Vision Trust: $1,250,000. Rep. Bynum, $1 million for Paramount Apartments; Rep. Kotek, $250,000 for Center for Black Excellence.
Portland, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon: $2.9 million for property acquisition. Rep. Pham, $1.6 million, Rep. Sollman, $500,000; Rep. Dexter, $450,000; Rep. Valderrama, $350,000.
Portland, Building United Futures complex: $800,000 to Black United Fund of Oregon. Rep. Bynum.
Portland, Central City Concern: $3.9 million for respite center and recuperative care. Sen. Steiner Hayward, $1.25 million; Sen. Burdick, $1 million; Rep. Smith Warner, $800,000; Rep. Dexter, $700,000; Reps. Nosse and Reynolds, $100,000 each.
Portland, City Repair Project: $75,000 for art projects in East Portland. Rep. Pham.
Portland, Coalition of Communities of Color: $100,000 for safety improvements. Rep. Pham.
Portland Community College: $330,000 for fire science program on Cascades campus. Sen. Dembrow.
Portland, Friends of Baseball: $100,000 for support of youth leagues. Rep. Bynum.
Portland, Hopewell House: $250,000 for improvements at hospice. Sen. Burdick.
Portland, Leach Botanical Garden: $1,550,000 to Leach Garden Friends for historic building improvements. Rep. Reardon.
Portland, Linnton Community Center: $815,000 to Linnton Neighborhood Association for seismic retrofit for river access. Rep. Witt.
Portland, Native American Youth and Family Center: $5.05 million to Home Forward for project at Northeast 42nd Avenue and Killingsworth Street. Rep. Sanchez, $1.7 million; Sen. Frederick, $1.5 million; Rep. Kotek, $1.25 million; Rep. Smith Warner, $600,000.
Portland, Neighborhood House: $600,000. Rep. Kotek, $500,000 for early childhood classroom space; Rep. Reynolds, $100,000 for emergency food.
Portland, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education: $400,000 for improvements. Sen. Steiner Hayward.
Portland, Oregon Walks: $225,000 for grants for advocacy of transportation justice on Northeast 82nd Avenue. Rep. Pham.
Portland, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center: $500,000 for kitchen and culinary academy project. Sen. Frederick.
Portland, Rahab's Sisters: $350,000 for women's center and housing. Sen. Dembrow.
Portland, Raphael House: $500,000 for survivors of domestic violence. Sen. Taylor.
Portland, Red Electric Trail project: $750,000 to Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau. Sen. Burdick.
Portland, Rosewood Equitable Neighborhood Development: $1.5 million to Rosewood Initiative. Rep. Valderrama, $1,150,000; Sen. Jama, $350,000.
Portland, Sellwood Community House: $250,000 for improvements. Rep. Power.
Portland State University: $400,000 for Open for Fall, Open for All program. Rep. Reynolds.
Portland, Street Roots center: $2.85 million. Rep. Reynolds, $1.4 million; Rep. Nosse, $950,000; Rep. Smith Warner, $500,000.
Portland, Sunflower Apartments: $600,000 to Hacienda Community Development Corp. Sen. Jama.
Portland, Unite Oregon: $500,000 for small business development. Rep. Valderrama.
Portland, Zenger Farm capital improvements: $150,000 to Friends of Zenger Farm. Rep. Reardon.
Sauvie Island: $930,000 to fire district for improvements. Rep. Witt.
Troutdale Terrace (apartments): $6,000 to Oregon Food Bank for food assistance. Rep. Hudson.
WASHINGTON COUNTY ($27.9 million)
Aloha Community Library: $56,000 for children's library. Rep. Campos.
Beaverton: $850,000 to city for health clinic and support for business startups. Rep. Dexter, $650,000; Rep. Helm, $200,000.
Beaverton: $1.5 million to Home Plate Youth Services for drop-in center. Rep. Campos, $643,000; Sen. Lieber, $456,000; Rep. Helm, $401,000.
Beaverton: $800,000 to Willamette West Habitat for Humanity for Denney Gardens project. Sen. Steiner Hayward.
Beaverton, Just Compassion of East Washington County: $4 million to group that staffs emergency shelter. Sen. Burdick, $2 million; Rep. Grayber, $1.5 million; Rep. Neron, $500,000.
Beaverton, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts: $1.5 million. Rep. Schouten, $1.2 million; Sen. Steiner Hayward, $300,000.
Beaverton: $2,744,000 to city for homeless shelter and mental health court. Sen. Lieber, $2.24 million, Rep. Campos, $500,000.
Beaverton YMCA Childhood Development Center: $1.8 million. Sen. Lieber, $1 million; Rep. Schouten, $800,000.
Cornelius: $500,000 to Bienestar for Plaza Los Amigos development. Rep. McLain.
Cornelius: $660,000 for Centro Cultural food services building. Rep. McLain.
Forest Grove Senior and Community Center: $500,000. Sen. Riley.
Forest Grove Foundation: $680,000 for housing. Rep. McLain.
Forest Grove, Adelante Mujeres: $160,000 for food assistance to immigrant families. Rep. McLain.
Forth Mobility: $1.5 million for three electric bus projects. Sen. Riley, $500,000; Sen. Lieber, $300,000; Reps. McLain and Sollman, $250,000 each; Rep. Dexter, $200,000.
Hillsboro, Family Promise of Washington County: $500,000 for house. Rep. Sollman.
Hillsboro, Willamette West Habitat for Humanity: $1.7 million. Sen, Riley.
Hillsboro School Foundation: $200,000 for bilingual kits. Rep. Sollman.
North Plains: $1.8 million for improvements in Jessie Mays Community Park and pedestrian pathways. $1 million from Sen. Riley, $800,000 from Rep. Sollman.
Rock Creek: $571,390 to Portland Community College for work stations and engines for aviation maintenance technology. Sen. Steiner Hayward.
Sherwood broadband expansion: $1,665,000 to city. Rep. Neron, $1 million; Sen. Thatcher, $665,000.
Southwest Corridor, Tigard: $150,000 to Southwest Corridor Equity Coalition for feasibility study and implementation. Rep. Grayber.
Tigard, theater improvements: $350,000 to Broadway Rose. Rep. Grayber.
Tigard-Tualatin Schools: $500,000 to Foundation for Tigard-Tualatin Schools for Packed with Pride. Rep. Prusak.
Tualatin Together: $500,000. Rep. Prusak.
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District: $1 million for improvements. $801,000 from Rep. Campos; $200,000 from Rep. Dexter.
Washington County: $500,000 for economic and transit support. Rep. Prusak.
Washington County: $1.2 million for park restroom improvements: Rep. Campos, $801,000; Rep. Helm, $399,000.
CLACKAMAS COUNTY ($21.3 million)
Canby and Oregon City: $1.3 million to chambers of commerce for business recovery centers. Sen. Kennemer, $700,000; Rep. Meek, $600,000.
Canby Rural Fire Protection District: $228,000 for COVID-19 supplies. Sen. Kennemer, $125,000; Rep. Drazan, $103,000.
Canby: $4,790,800 to Clackamas County Fair Improvement Foundation for livestock barn, recreation vehicle park and emergency housing. Sen. Kennemer, $3,040,800; Rep. Drazan, $1,750,000.
Clackamas County Public Health: $100,000 for outreach van. Rep. Neron.
Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine: $600,000 for community health care and education. Reps. Meek and Salinas, $300,000 each.
Estacada Rural Fire Protection District: $280,900 for equipment for wildfires and emergency medical response. Rep. Drazan, $146,700; Sen. Kennemer, $134,200.
Gladstone and Oak Lodge community libraries: $500,000 to Clackamas County. Rep. Meek.
Happy Valley, North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce: $2,011,900 for business recovery. Sen. Thomsen, $1,661,900; Sen. Jama, $350,000.
Lake Oswego/Southwest Portland: $3 million to Habitat for Humanity/Portland and East Metro for land purchases for housing. Sen, Wagner, $2 million; Rep. Salinas, $1 million.
Lake Oswego/Hillsdale trail work: $900,000 to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Portland Bureau of Transportation, SWTrails. Sen. Wagner, $600,000; Rep. Salinas, $300,000.
Milwaukie: Bowman Brea Park and Scott Park: $1.250 million to city for park work. Sen. Taylor.
Oak Grove Community Project: $750,000 to Clackamas County. Rep. Power.
Oregon City: $600,000 to Parrott Creek Child and Family Services. Rep. Meek.
Oregon City, Clackamas County Historical Society: $121,965 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning work. Sen. Kennemer.
West Linn and Lake Oswego Business Recovery Center: $500,000. Rep. Prusak.
Wilsonville: $3.35 million to Wilsonville chamber and others (Chehalem Valley, Keizer, Sherwood) for business recovery. Sen. Thatcher.
South Metro: $1 million to MRG Foundation for racial justice and equity grants. Sen. Wagner, $600,000; Rep. Salinas, $400,000.
OTHER ($9.2 million)
College Housing Northwest: $280,000 for rent for college students. Sen. Gorsek.
MRG Foundation: $2.7 million for economic recovery, development of low-cost housing, community resiliency. Sen. Jama.
Oregon Department of Administrative Services: $400,000 for human services. Rep. Neron.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: $1 million for Oregon Outdoor Recreation Stimulus. Rep. Helm.
Oregon Judicial Department: $1 million for access to electronic records. Sen. Frederick.
Oregon Department of Justice: $1,250,000 for navigator of housing and services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Sen. Taylor.
Oregon State Marine Board: $1 million for abandoned and derelict boats. Sen. Taylor.
Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force and Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence: $800,000 for education to prevent violence. Sen. Wagner.
Participatory Budget Oregon: $350,000 for Youth Voice, Youth Vote project. Rep. Ruiz, $200,000; Sen. Gorsek, $150,000.
Reach Out and Read program: $195,000. Sen. Steiner Hayward.
Regional Association of Minority Contractors, Oregon: $200,000 for Black economic prosperity and dashboard development project. Reps Nosse and Bynum, $100,000 each.
NOTE: Makes additions and corrects errors; reposted about 7 p.m. Monday, June 28.
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