September 7, 2019

A Banner Year for Affordable Housing Policy in Oregon

This year, the Oregon State Legislature wrapped up a successful session for affordable housing. This signals an awareness and an urgency to act by Governor Kate Brown and other legislative leaders to address the crises Oregon communities are facing when it comes to housing and homelessness. A legislative summary document highlights some of the important key wins in Oregon this year. 

Oregon State Lawmakers Invest Big in Children 

Young children and K-12 students also won big this year in the Oregon State Legislative Session. Lawmakers passed the Student Success Act, which establishes a new business tax that is estimated to produce $2 billion over the next biennium. The funding for early learning includes: 

  • Early Childhood Special Education Fund $37.5M 
  • Oregon Pre-Kindergarten Program $44.4M 
  • Relief Nurseries $ 2.8 M 
  • Early Childhood Equity Fund $ 10.0M 
  • Pre-school Promise $30.0M 
  • Early Head Start $22.34M 
  • Early Learning Provider Prof Dev.  $17.5M 
  • Healthy Families, Parent Engagement, Provider Capacity Building, Startup Funds $8.8M 

Other key bills that passed this session are: 

HB 2024 which creates The Oregon Baby Promise Program, providing greater access to high quality infant and toddler care for families with incomes below 200% AMI. 

SB 526 creating a voluntary home nurse visit for infants 0-6 months, provided through health insurers and public health departments. 

These wins wouldn’t be possible without the work of tireless advocates such as the Oregon Early Childhood Coalition, which is a broad cross-representation of key groups involved in early learning. Thank you to all of the early learning champions in Oregon! 

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