Social Services


Congress knows how to slash child poverty. It just needs to do it.

BY: - November 21, 2022

If you could prevent millions of children from falling back into poverty, would you? Most of us, I imagine, would answer “yes” without hesitation. But not Congress. For nearly a year, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have dithered as the policy directly responsible for a dramatic decline in poverty last year lapsed. It’s time for Congress […]

Bipartisan group of Oregon mayors propose annual funding for homelessness

BY: - October 31, 2022

More than two dozen Oregon mayors want the state to provide consistent, ongoing money to cities to address the state’s homelessness crisis. In a news conference on Monday, they said they hope to persuade the Legislature next year to allocate nearly $125 million, which would be distributed statewide based on the population. From there, they […]

Oregonians cite homelessness as chief concern, survey finds

BY: - October 28, 2022

Many Oregonians want elected leaders to tackle homelessness, a state survey found. Thirty-seven percent of 1,878 Oregonians surveyed identified the state’s homelessness crisis as the most pressing issue, according to a survey by the Portland-based nonpartisan Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. The online survey of Oregonians 18 and older was conducted Sept. 13 to 21. […]

Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen

Health care system must build trust to reduce inequities, Oregon Health Authority director says

BY: - October 25, 2022

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said Tuesday at a health care conference in Portland that the agency made missteps in trying to end health inequities during the pandemic.  He said Oregon health care providers, insurers and other health officials must build trust with racial and ethnic communities to eradicate health care inequities that affect […]

VOTE 2022: Gubernatorial candidates differ on policies to address Oregon’s housing crisis

BY: - October 18, 2022

Oregon has been in a housing crisis for years. State economists say the state is short about 111,000 homes needed for current residents. When economists considered future growth, a 2021 analysis suggested the state needs to build more than 580,000 homes by 2040.  Homes that are on the market are out-of-reach for many residents. Oregon’s […]


Indian Child Welfare Act faces test before the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 10, 2022

Today we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day as a way to honor and reflect upon Native American history and culture. Overwhelmingly approved by Oregon’s Legislature in 2021 and officially recognized in 13 other states, Indigenous Peoples Day is also an opportunity to support efforts that strengthen Indigenous communities. The Indian Child Welfare Act, passed in 1978, […]

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan argues Christine Drazan can become Oregon’s next governor

BY: - September 7, 2022

PORTLAND – In 2014, voters in deeply Democratic Maryland shocked the nation by electing Larry Hogan, only the second Republican to hold that state’s highest office in the past half-century.  Hogan, who visited Oregon this week to campaign for Republican Christine Drazan, believes Drazan can do the same. The former minority leader of the Oregon […]

With $65 million, fund hopes to help thousands of struggling undocumented immigrants

BY: - September 2, 2022

A nonprofit founded at the beginning of the pandemic to help undocumented immigrants is poised to distribute safety net grants to thousands of people. The Worker Relief Fund announced this week it has received $65 million approved by the Legislature in February. The money will be doled out to undocumented workers who’ve lost work or […]

Rosenblum joins AGs in supporting federal law that protects Native foster children and adoptees

BY: - September 1, 2022

UPDATED: 10 a.m. Thursday with Rosenblum’s statement. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has joined 23 fellow attorneys general in supporting a federal law that protects Native American foster children and adoptees. The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 was passed by Congress to combat a widespread and destructive practice of displacing Native American children by […]

In homeless death data, Patterson sees need for more resources

BY: - August 22, 2022

Recently released data on homeless Oregonians who died this year shows a need for more detailed reporting and more resources, the state senator who requested the data told the Capital Chronicle.  A 2021 law crafted by Sen. Deb Patterson, D-Salem, requires the state to keep records on people who died without a fixed address, listing […]

Oregon Gov. Brown declares emergency as heatwave continues

BY: - July 27, 2022

Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday for most of Oregon through the end of July as a heatwave continues to pummel the state.  The current heatwave isn’t as bad as last year’s record-breaking June heat dome, when Salem hit 117 degrees and Portland reached 116. But most of the state still faces […]

Oregon starts sending $600 checks to low-income workers

BY: - June 23, 2022

More than 236,000 Oregon families will each start receiving a $600 payment this week under a new state law that aimed to aid low-income workers.  Direct deposits or paper checks are going to people who lived in Oregon for the last six months of 2020 and claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax break […]