June 14 - 18 Newsletter

Updates from Senator Tim Knopp.

Senator Tim Knopp

Help To Landlords and Renters

Oregon Housing and Community Services needs your help. This week is critical in spreading the word about rental assistance programs. The final round of the Landlord Compensation Fund closing date has been extended to WEDNESDAY, June 23rd. Tens of millions of dollars are available to landlords with past due rent from tenants with a financial hardship.

For renters in need, the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program is accepting application via an online portal or paper applications. OHCS is rapidly increasing surge capacity, and sixteen chat staff are being trained to process applications as early as next week. These staff will do back end processing, allowing local program administrators to work with tenants and landlord directly. We will continue to increase surge capacity staff to help our partners serve their community and keep Oregonians in their homes.  

Please share this information with as many people as you can think of, too many people have gone without the resources and the support that they need. 

Expanding Deschutes County Childcare

Recently, The Bulletin published an editorial in support of one of the programs I chose for the state to support of Little Kits Early Learning & Child Care Center. This is a project that is a partnership between COCC and OSU-Cascades, creating a replicable program that creates childcare opportunities for working families and student families while creating learning opportunities for those studying childcare. I've been working on this program and similar programs for years, I served a year on the Joint Task Force On Access to Quality Affordable Child Care. I'm optimistic about the future of this program, and how it can help Central Oregon and eventually all of Oregon. 

Creating More Local Help For Healthcare

Sen. Knopp Speaking About SB 70

This week I carried SB 70 on the floor, a bill that improves equity and medical assistance for groups that have a more difficult time achieving equal access to healthcare. This bill requires the Oregon Health Authority to work with local advocates and groups that help raise awareness of those facing disadvantages accessing the healthcare they need. From rural seniors and homeless veterans, to low income families; this program will help those who need some assistance. 

Honoring Juneteenth


On June 19, 1865, General Order 3 was issued. It was the final execution of the Emancipation Proclamation, and was the enforcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. An important day to all Americans, it is of extra significance to African-Americans. My former Republican Senator and late friend, Jackie Winters, was a strong advocate in raising awareness of this important and wonderful holiday. It should serve as a reminder that indeed all of us are created equal, and that we have a responsibility to defend and respect that equality.  

Best Regards,


Senator Tim Knopp 
Senate District 27

email: sen.timknopp@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1727
address: 900 Court St NE, S-309, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/knopp
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