Initiative to convert hotels and motels into shelters for homeless moves forward locally
by Kevin McNamara | KTVL News
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Jackson County, OR (KTVL) — The Oregon Joint Legislative Emergency Board has approved a total of $65 million dollars in CARES Act funding over the past couple of months for use in purchasing hotels and motels to convert into transitional and permanent housing in what is being titled 'Project Turnkey'. Oregon State Representative Pam Marsh had been pushing for the funding since the project started to come together ...
10/20/20 Wildfire update: Emotional support
Many of us are sad, anxious, traumatized and grieving after the fire. Please consider calling this hot line for emotional support:
SALEM, OR – It is normal to feel sad, stressed or overwhelmed after a major disaster. For adults and children having negative feelings or thoughts, free crisis counseling is available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline.
Call 800-985-5990 (Spanish Press 2) or text “TalkWithUs” ...
10/1/2020 Wildfire Update
INFORMATION FOR MANUFACTURED HOUSING RESIDENTS AND MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OWNERS AFFECTED BY OREGON WILDFIRES
If you are a manufactured homeowner, either on land you own, or in a park, or you rented a manufactured home in a park and your housing was affected by the wildfire, this information is for you.
More information on how to get help is available at https://wildfire.oregon.govwildfire.oregon.gov.
What to do after the fire:
Step 1: Make sure that you’re ...
10/5/2020 Wildfire update: FEMA and citizenship requirements
Here is important information regarding citizenship requirements for residents seeking aid from FEMA. The English version is posted first, followed by the same document in Spanish. You can download the English version at: fema.gov/…/citizenship-and-immigration-status-requirements-…
Citizenship and Immigration StatusRequirements for FEMA Disaster AssistanceRelease Date: Sep 28, 2020
To be eligible for FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance, disaster ...
10/2/2020 Wildfire Update: Moving into recovery
The wildfires that coursed through the state in September left disaster in the wake. Now that the smoke has settled, the damage can be assessed. Fires torched one million acres, destroyed 3,124 homes (including 1,069 single families houses, 197 multi-family, and 1,858 manufactured homes), and burned up 1,403 other structures. Nine individuals were killed, and three are still missing. Twenty counties across the state are part of the disaster declaration.
There’s no getting away from ...
9/30/2020 LIVE FORUM: Fire Recovery for Manufactured Homeowners.
As you know, many of the houses destroyed in the Almeda fire were mobile or prefabricated homes. The occupants and owners now have a lot of questions about insurance, area cleanup, FEMA (Federal Agency for Emergency Management), etc, specific to this sector. On Wednesday, September 30th at 4 pm, my office we held a Zoom forum with information and to provide answers. We featured experts including staff of the state office of prefabricated housing, staff of the ...
9/21/20 Wildfire update: Returning to home
Here is some very good general information from the state Department of Environmental Quality for those of us who are returning to homes still standing near burned areas:
"Wildfires can leave lingering smoke and ash in people's homes and businesses. When you return to a home or business that has survived a wildfire, it's important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family from inhaling smoke and ash. Smoke and ash can cause lung, heart and other health problems when disturbed ...
9/18/20 Wildfire Update Day 10: Recovery – FEMA Assistance & New Resources
A week and a half after the devastating Almeda fire ripped through our communities, we are beginning to understand the nature of this catastrophe.
Initial assessment has pegged the number of lost homes, including apartments, manufactured homes, and houses at more than 2,350. In addition, businesses along the corridor from just north of the Valley View interchange through Phoenix were consumed by fire. Thousands of us were displaced, and many more are grieving for the losses sustained by ...
COVID RENTAL SUBSIDY MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER
In this critical moment, it is essential that individuals and families who still have homes get the support they need to stay housed.
Funding is available to help tenants who have suffered financial loss associated with the COVID pandemic. Applicants may qualify for subsidies for rent due between April and December of this year. Here are English and Spanish versions of a one-pager that describes where and how to get help.
Although the CDC has extended an eviction moratorium ...
9/13/20 Wildfire Update -Sunday night: Almeda fire response
This is Day 5 after the horrific Almeda fire swept through the communities of Talent and Phoenix. This post summarizes key information I know at this moment.
Fire impact. We know the fires took a devastating toll, but an inventory of loss is yet to come. However, at least a dozen manufactured home and RV parks were destroyed, including more than 1500 homes. Added to that are apartments units and many single family homes. Thousands of individuals and families, all treasured members of our ...