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Initiative to convert hotels and motels into shelters for homeless moves forward locally

by Kevin McNamara | KTVL News FULL ARTICLE & VIDEO 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 ...

OREGON’S EMERGENCY BOARD APPROVES STATEWIDE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION INVESTMENT

(Photo courtesy of Sean Roberts) Oregon's Emergency Board has approved a $1.4 million investment into a statewide emergency notification system. FULL ARTICLE & VIDEO Jayda McClendon (KDRV) MEDFORD, Ore. -- Oregon's Emergency Board has approved a $1.4 million investment into a statewide emergency notification system. The system will incorporate various local ones that are currently in use. It will be up to local governments to structure their own notification systems. ...

Oregon lawmakers look to buy hotels to house homeless during coronavirus pandemic

by Kellee Azar, KATU News FULL ARTICLE & VIDEO PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) — Oregon's homeless crisis is visible almost anywhere in the state, and two representatives are trying to change that. The pandemic has led to more on the streets, and the houseless crisis was only made worse by the devastating fires in Oregon. With Winter fast approaching, Representative Pam Marsh along with Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer want to help get secure shelters for those who need ...

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.

https://youtu.be/t32DRiPP_MQ 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 ...