Legislative Newsletter

Representative Raquel Moore-Green

Committee Updates

Hello Friends,

The work of the Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response was demanding and grueling, but pales in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of hard-working Oregonians who have been told they cannot work because their employers were told to shut down their business.

Our mission, set out by the Presiding Officers was to identify actions that can be taken immediately to provide stability to low-income workers and small businesses who have found themselves without a job. We focused on wage and food support, unemployment, protection from losing their homes, their storefronts, and their place of residence for individuals while all the time keeping a focus on our first responders – those working so hard to keep us safe.

We clearly understood the importance of our mission and turned around policy and budget recommendations after nearly 30 hours of committee work. There was over 1,500 pieces of testimony, in the span of 5 working days. Our first course of action was to address the support for housing, food and unemployment benefits. After addressing the basic needs of Oregonians finding themselves employed one day and unemployed the next, we addressed the critical and immediate needs of small businesses.

Small businesses and their owners are the backbone of our communities and it is critical that their cash flow demands be met during this temporary time of government imposed shut down. They need certainty- no surprise added costs; relief-for loans, expenses, and utilities; and support-for employees in the event they cannot be kept on payroll.

Our work was completed late Tuesday afternoon the 24th and since then the co-chairs of the committee, Representative Holvey and Senator Roblan, have produced a memo to the Presiding Officers. A recap of the work (found here) and recommended direction the legislature should take to address the immediate needs of all Oregonians finding themselves without work and the doors to the businesses shut because of the COVID-19 crisis.

We know we are in the midst of a horrible virus and we must do all we can to flatten the curve of infection and death. We must also do everything we can to flatten the curve of small businesses dying and people being unemployed. This health crisis will end and when it does our small businesses need to be ready to welcome back the hundreds of thousands of hard-working Oregonians to their jobs.

It is an honor to serve on this committee and we have been advised to stay ready to reconvene as we completed only a portion of the work needed to ensure that all Oregonians can weather this crisis and return to their normal daily routines including their jobs, education, and the ever so valued leisure time outdoors.

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Important Resources

COVID - 19 Updates

General Resources

211info connects people with health and social service organizations. At our heart is our core Community Information Center, supported by Resource Database team. We’ve expanded to include enhanced information & referral and assistance programs that target specific services. Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155

Employment

For information about unemployment benefits & COVID-19 , please visit

Bureau of Labor and Industries website for Additional Information

Business Assistance

Federal guidance for small businesses, including information on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

Oregon Work-share Program - Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers who may be facing the prospect of a lay off situation. With Work Share, instead of reducing staff, an employer reduces the hours of work for a group of workers. Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits are then paid to supplement workers' reduced wages.  

Business Organizations links for assistance and information

Rental, Mortgage or Housing Assistance

The Federal government announced yesterday that HUD has authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.

211.org and Community Action may be able to direct you to resources for payment assistance.

Food Assistance

211 is a statewide resource you call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) EMAIL help@211info.org

Insurance

If Oregonians have questions or concerns about their insurance company or agent, they can contact the department’s advocacy team at 888-877-4894 (toll free) or visit dfr.oregon.gov for more information or to file a complaint.

For insurance and financial services information related to COVID-19, visit the department’s website:  https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/health/understand/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.

General Health Information

Mental Health Resources


Thank you for engaging with your state government. Please know my door is always open and my staff, Pam McClain, Lena Prine, and I welcome your participation.

 

All my best, rmg

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Representative Raquel Moore-Green
House District 19

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1419
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-385, Salem, OR 97301
Email: Rep.RaquelMooreGreen@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/moore-green