Background: On November 18, 2020, Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) accepted Grant Agreement No. 107-102320 from the State of Oregon via the Department of Administrative Services. Pursuant to the Oregon Legislative Emergency Board’s (“E-Board”) Certificate dated October 23, 2020 (the “Authorization”), the E-Board allocated $30,000,000 from the Emergency Fund established by section 1, chapter 644, Oregon Laws 2019 for a grant to Oregon Community Foundation to support shelter through grants to local organizations for the acquisition, retrofitting, and potential operation of hotel and motel properties in wildfire-affected areas. Local organizations include counties, cities, Tribes, housing authorities and nonprofits. “Wildfire-affected areas” include Clackamas, Douglas, Klamath, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Lincoln and Marion Counties and tribal communities impacted by wildfires.
Klamath County applied for and has been awarded a portion of the grant in order to purchase Oregon Motel 8 and repair it to support long and short-term shelter. The funds must be distributed and repairs completed by June 30th, 2021. Any unspent funds remaining at June 30th, 2021 will be forfeited.
Fiscal Impact: Grant funding awarded in the amount of $1,500,000 for the acquisition of the property and $250,000 in holdback funds for renovations.
Recommended Motion: Matter was approved in an administration meeting on March 10th, 2021 and signed by Commissioner Morris. Fiscal Impact: Grant funding awarded in the amount of $1,500,000 for the acquisition of the property and $250,000 in holdback funds for renovations.