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DeFazio Announces Millions of Dollars for Corvallis Housing First & Eugene Civic Alliance

Jul 15, 2021
Press Release

Today Rep. Peter DeFazio announced that he successfully secured millions of dollars in funding for community housing and recreation projects in the Fiscal Year 2022 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill.

DeFazio secured two projects, including:

  • $3,000,000 for Corvallis Housing First to develop more and better units of permanent supported housing.
  • $1,000,000 for the Eugene Civic Alliance (ECA) for funding for capital improvements.

“The investments I secured will boost our local economy and help us combat our houselessness crisis,” said Rep. DeFazio. “The funding for Corvallis Housing First will help provide permanent housing and vital support services for individuals experiencing houselessness in our community. The funding for the Eugene Civic Alliance will build critical infrastructure to support KidSports’ long term mission to make sure all kidsports families and the community have a place to play. I am proud to have secured this critical funding for the Corvallis and Eugene communities in this year’s appropriations bills.”

"Housing with support services is desperately needed in our community” said Corvallis Housing First Executive Director Andrea Myhre. “We are so excited to work with our neighbors and partners to provide healthy homes for those who have experienced homelessness and trauma in their lives. Along with 5 million in funding recently approved by the Oregon State Legislature, and local donor and foundation support, we will make a significant impact on the issue of homelessness in our area."

“This is very exciting news!” said former Eugene Civic Alliance Executive Director Nancy Webber. “ECA thanks Congressman DeFazio for his efforts to include the $1 million in the committee-approved bill for capital improvements at Civic Park. The request is to replace the original Civic Stadium retaining wall and create space for bleachers along the west side of the field at Civic Park, providing 1,000 seats for spectators.”