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Story by Kyle Iboshi (KGW) - Story Source
Published on Tuesday March 16, 2021 - 3:04 AM

The federal relief funds are intended to help local governments cover coronavirus expenses, fill budget gaps and rebuild operations diminished during the pandemic.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The massive federal relief package approved by Congress last week is expected to send $1.5 billion to cities and counties across Oregon. The legislation is expected to provide $217 million directly to Portland, $35 million to Eugene and $33 million to Salem, according to analysis of the bill by the National League Cities.

"It won't make any difference whether you are 2,500 or 250,000 population, you are going to get a direct check to help out with coming through this pandemic," said Jim McCauley of the League of Oregon Cities.

Multnomah County is in line to receive more than $157 million in pandemic relief funds.

Multnomah County chair Deborah Kafoury said the money comes at a critical time when people need help with food and housing. It will also help the county pay for coronavirus expenses, including vaccines, testing and contact tracing.

"We're not out of the woods and this is a really crucial time as we're fighting to get as many people vaccinated as possible," said Kafoury.

For smaller communities like Seaside, which is expected to receive $1.4 million, Mayor Jay Barber said the money is a positive sign of a turnaround.