$6 Million in Congressional Omnibus Coming to Clackamas County

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Two Clackamas County projects are named to receive funds from Congressionally Directed Spending, part of the 2023 Federal Budget passed by Congress today. The county will directly receive $6 million to go toward the Hillside Park Housing Redevelopment Project and to decommission an outdated water treatment facility.

“The entire Clackamas federal delegation went to bat for these projects, working with us to make sure they were right for the community and competitive in Washington D.C. We can’t thank them enough for the hard work they do for Oregonians, and for Clackamas County,” said Chair Smith

The Hillside Masterplan Improvement Project located in Milwaukie will receive $4 million to help the Housing Authority of Clackamas County transition 100 of Oregon’s oldest public housing units into 500 new units. Approximately 75% of those 500 units will be affordable to residents at 60% area median income because of this award.

“I am ecstatic to have secured $4 million in community supported funding for housing efforts in Clackamas County in this year's government funding package,” Rep Schrader said. “Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to participate in a site visit with Clackamas County officials to see first-hand how federal funding could be used to expand the visionary work being done through efforts like the Hillside Redevelopment Project. I am proud of our work and collaboration with Clackamas County to get this funding across the finish line to help offset costs and advance the Hillside Redevelopment Project forward.”

 “After seeing firsthand this fall the huge potential for this Hillside project in Milwaukie to help Clackamas County generate affordable housing for Oregonians, I am glad our teamwork to secure this federal investment has succeeded,” Wyden said. “Housing is a human right, and these resources help that goal become a reality in the metropolitan area.” –Senator Ron Wyden

“Everyone deserves a decent place to call home, which means we need to construct a lot more affordable housing. This $4 million in funding is going to help transform Oregon’s oldest public housing project to provide hundreds of new affordable units,” said Senator Merkley, who visited the Hillside housing redevelopment project in November. “I fought to secure this funding because this is exactly the kind of community-initiated project we need to help meet housing needs for families in Clackamas County.”

The Clackamas Watershed Protection Project will receive $2 million and help transition an outdated, non-functioning wastewater treatment facility in Boring, Oregon to a pump station that will connect to a larger, more effective treatment facility and improve Clackamas River Health.

“Rural infrastructure projects are the most challenging to upgrade because they can be so expensive, and without a federal award this project would not move forward,” said Commissioner Schrader

“I am pleased to have secured $2 million to help decommission, restore, and modernize the Boring Wastewater Treatment Facility. This project, once complete, will allow the facility to meet its clean water permits and help protect water quality and quantity in the watershed. I look forward to seeing progress on the ground and celebrating milestones as the project is implemented.” -Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Two other notable projects include a $5 million allocation to TriMet to improve the Oregon City Transit Center, and a $2 million investment to Metro/Oregon Zoo to improve the Condor Breeding Center located in rural Clackamas County. Projects are expected to utilize these awards quickly to capitalize on the federal investments.