Oregon lawmakers approve $200 million homeless and housing package

The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday night to pass an affordable housing package and $200 million to respond to the homeless emergency.

House Bills 2001 and 5019 passed the House last week. They now go to Governor Tina Kotek for her review.

Republican and Democratic senators called for support for the package in a debate on the Senate floor before the vote. The bills passed 21-7.

The package includes the funds Kotek requested in his early days on the job, as well as millions more to address the growing homelessness crisis and housing shortage.

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