The Oregon Legislative Assembly is considering a bill to provide a universal basic income for the homeless community.
The legislation, SB603, would provide 12 monthly payments of $1,000 to people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
“Payments may be used for rent, emergency expenses, food, child care, or other goods or services of the participant’s choosing,” the bill states (pdf).
The bill would require a study on who is receiving the money, broken down by demographics of race, veteran status, and risk of domestic violence.
The program would last until January 2026, at which time the study would be due for presentation, the bill states.
“Rental assistance is not as readily available as we would like it to be, and I say that as someone who has worked as a case manager in the space to get folks into housing,” state Sen. Wlnsvey Campos, a co-sponsor of the bill, said in the Senate chamber.
The Oregon House also recently passed two bills to address the state’s homelessness crisis and housing shortage, HB 2001 and HB 5019. If the bills pass in the Senate, Gov. Tina Kotek is expected to sign them.
The two House bills will allocate $200 million to help homeless residents move into houses and will extend the eviction period notice for people who have fallen behind on rent.
In Oregon, there are an estimated 18,000 homeless people, and the state doesn’t have enough housing to keep up with its growing population, the Oregon Capital Chronicle reported.
“This is a decades-long deficit that won’t be fixed in one year,” said state Rep. Maxine Dexter, chair of the Oregon House’s housing committee. “We have much work to do.”
California Housing Laws
California has also implemented policies aimed at reducing homelessness.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is pursuing a plan to build 1,200 tiny homes for people living on the streets, with the goal of reducing the homeless population by 15 percent in two years.
In Los Angeles, where skid row is located, newly elected Mayor Karen Bass declared a state of emergency in the City of Los Angeles on Dec. 12, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors pledged a week later to support those efforts.
On Jan. 10, the board went further, declaring a countywide state of emergency.
The Los Angeles City Council also recently approved new renter protections, permanently codifying temporary laws originally intended to help renters financially hit by the pandemic to stay afloat.
Landlords are now required to pay tenants’ relocation fees if they increase rent by more than 10 percent or 5 percent plus inflation, an additional financial burden that could make it difficult for landlords to stay afloat.
Already in effect are provisions that allow tenants behind on rent to stay in their apartments for a month, unless they owe more than one month’s worth of fair market rent.
Another measure created a deadline for paying back unpaid rent.
Jamie Joseph contributed to this report.
“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
But the Democrats will steal from those who do work and give to those who will not work.
Do you think this is because the socialist Democrats have compassion on those who will not work?
or are they doing this for another con and deception?
In Washington State if a person of color does not pay their electric bill for three months, the democrats will pay it for them.
Sounds like the Dummy democrats just gave the drug Lords and Drug dealers a $1000/mo. per drug customer sold person raise, which goes to show you that the California political crime families ARE the Drug Lords and Crime families who get rich by ensnaring people into Drugs and social dependency. These people have no pity for the poor and homeless, whom they just use to fatten their own purses. FOLLOW THE MONEY, punish the perpetrators and particulalry the fool who thought up this social desecration of the human spirit who has no concpet of Hunger being a factor into motivating people to get up, get out, get real, and get a constructive life.These chuckleheaded fools believe that failure is not only an option, but a newly socially re-engineered legitimate life style fo live off the life force of others, via death by a thousand taxes or wealth redistributions.
WHAT OF THOSE Who work for a living, and CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY? Why are they not getting anything?
We are getting stuck with the honor of paying for this crock of you know what. Welcome to California north.
The culture warriors are creating a new sector of the economy, the bindle which cannot be spelled without Biden.
the west coast has gone red soviet style.
Pity we can’t RIP it out of the ground, and air drop the entire west coast (say up to 50 miles in), RIGHT ONTO mainland china.
Wow, the drug dealers are loving this
And the liquor store owners.
AND the snack makers.. Being drunk and high makes one need the munchies.