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Courtney Neron identifies money for business support, healthcare access


Rep. Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville, has decided how she plans to distribute the $2 million she has authority to allocate via the American Rescue Plan Act.

Neron will direct $1 million for business support and broadband access in the cities she represents: Wilsonville, Sherwood and King City. Next, $450,000 will go toward a mobile health unit in Clackamas County to enhance health care access and vaccine distribution, as well as funding for the Free Health Clinic program with Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine. Finally, $550,000 will be allotted to Wilsonville Community Sharing, which provides food, rent and utility assistance, and Just Compassion, which is a homeless shelter and provides assistance to those facing homelessness.

The state Legislature agreed to let each representative dictate how a sliver of the $240 million allocated by the federal government as part of the ARPA would be spent.

"This combination of investments is about addressing and stabilizing the immediate needs of local residents and businesses while supporting long-term economic recovery in the region," Neron said in a press release. "By concentrating these dollars on serving the greatest needs and supporting community members that have not been able to access other relief programs, we can encourage strong resiliency and recovery."

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