Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My First Ever Written Testimony to Oregon Legislative Committee: For Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing Today on OHCS Budget.

The Ways and Means Transportation and Economic Development Subcommittee hearing on the OHCS budget today includes the opportunity for public testimony.

Some background: 
The OHCS budget bill (HB 5015) shows a proposed General Fund biennium allocation of $7,760,573.

In the legislatively approved budget for FY 2011-2013 the OHCS General Fund biennium allocation was $10,018,855, with 22% of that allocated to non housing uses (food programs), leaving $7,845,788 for 3 housing programs (that serve the lowest income Oregonians):
  • Statewide Homeless Assistance Program
  • Emergency Housing Assistance Program
  • Low-income rental assistance program
To help put the size of OHCS General Fund needs in perspective I submitted written testimony; this is the first time I have ever submitted testimony before an Oregon legislative committee.

A PDF with my testimony is HERE, and it and other written testimony are also posted HERE for the 1 PM Tuesday hearing.

The first of two graphs in my testimony is pasted below:

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.

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