2017 ORS 458.650¹
Disbursement of funds in Emergency Housing Account
  • grant policies

(1) The Emergency Housing Account shall be administered by the Housing and Community Services Department to assist homeless persons and those persons who are at risk of becoming homeless. An amount equal to 25 percent of moneys deposited in the account pursuant to ORS 294.187 (County Assessment and Taxation Fund) is dedicated for expenditure for assistance to veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. For purposes of this section, “account” means the Emergency Housing Account.

(2) The Oregon Housing Stability Council, with the advice of the Community Action Partnership of Oregon, shall develop policy for awarding grants to organizations that shall use the funds:

(a) To provide to low and very low income persons, including but not limited to, persons more than 65 years of age, persons with disabilities, farmworkers and Native Americans:

(A) Emergency shelters and attendant services;

(B) Transitional housing services designed to assist persons to make the transition from homelessness to permanent housing and economic independence;

(C) Supportive housing services to enable persons to continue living in their own homes or to provide in-home services for such persons for whom suitable programs do not exist in their geographic area;

(D) Programs that provide emergency payment of home payments, rents or utilities; or

(E) Some or all of the needs described in subparagraphs (A) to (D) of this paragraph.

(b) To align with federal strategies and resources that are available to prevent and end homelessness.

(3)(a) The council shall require as a condition of awarding a grant that the organization demonstrate to the satisfaction of the council that the organization has the capacity to deliver any service proposed by the organization.

(b) Any funds granted under this section shall not be used to replace existing funds. Funds granted under this section may be used to supplement existing funds. An organization may use funds to support existing programs or to establish new programs.

(c) The council, by policy, shall give preference in granting funds to those organizations that coordinate services with those programs established under ORS 458.625 (Use of account moneys and investment revenue).

(4) The department may expend funds from the account for administration of the account as provided for in the legislatively approved budget, as that term is defined in ORS 291.002 (Definitions), for the department. [1991 c.740 §7; 2007 c.70 §268; 2011 c.605 §2; 2013 c.646 §3; 2015 c.180 §27; 2017 c.350 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 458—Housing and Community Services Programs; Individual Development Accounts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors458.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.