REMARKS AS PREPARED
Governor Kate Brown
Human Solutions Women's Shelter Visit
December 17, 2018
Good afternoon, I’m Governor Kate Brown.
Thank you, Chair Kafoury for that introduction. I’d also like to recognize Sybil Hebb of the Oregon Law Center, Representative Piluso, and Oregon Housing and Community Services Director Salazar. Thank you for joining us here today, and for all of the work you do year-round to tackle the critical issue of housing instability.
Housing instability and homelessness disproportionately affect families with children, low income families, rural areas, domestic violence survivors, our communities of color, and our veterans.
Meaning it affects our friends, our classmates, our colleagues—and our neighbors.
Some of them are here with us today. I want to especially thank these families for sharing your stories with us. I know it’s not easy, but it is so important.
Too many families across Oregon are struggling to make ends meet.
My goal as governor is to make sure that every Oregonian has the opportunity to thrive. That means having a warm, safe, and affordable place to call home.
Homes that are more than just four walls and a roof, with rents that don’t mean choosing which bill to pay, or what to do without this month.
When we can do this for one family, children do better in school, and parents do better at work, or can look for better work.
When we can do this for many families, a community grows stronger.
When we can do this in every community, our state prospers.
Coordinated responses are needed to bring together philanthropy, business leaders, developers, builders, and all levels of government to prevent people from slipping into homelessness, to get people quickly off the street, and to help all Oregonians access stable homes.
Last year, Chair Kafoury and I came together for shelter funding for families, and this year, we’re coming with $406.1 million of resources and investments targeted to families with children, veterans, and the chronically homeless in my proposed budget.
Multnomah County and facilities like Human Solutions are doing incredible work to house Oregonians from across the state.
But we can do more, and every one of us can help. Especially given the difficulties of winter weather, we need to all pull together to help make sure that everyone has a warm place to go.
There are lots of ways to help, from donating money or items, to volunteering. Because no one can end homelessness alone.