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Action Alert: Help Redirect Funds to Community Members in Need

On December 15th, Gresham City Council voted to make key changes to community development and COVID-19 relief budgets because the community raised its voice and advocated for more funding to the people that urgently need it. Thank you to everyone who shared their powerful testimonies with the council, and congratulations on two important wins.

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Forward. Together. More to Come in the Weeks Ahead!

News worthy of celebration:

As a result of our organizing and coordination, the Gresham City Council, for the first time in history, includes a progressive, community-centered majority.

Together — Vince Jones Dixon, Dina DiNucci, Mario Palmero and I — will usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility, accountability, transparency, and positive change in Gresham.

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Housing and Homelessness in Gresham

Everyone in our community deserves safety and dignity. Making sure everyone in Gresham has a stable and affordable place to call home is one of my top priorities.

Gresham has a housing problem – and it touches all of us. We all see people sleeping out on the street or in tent camps every day. We all know people who are struggling to afford rent (or you may be struggling yourself). 

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How Gresham Can Make An Impact on Climate Change

Like me, you probably watched in dismay this year as wildfires burned more than a million acres in Oregon and filled Gresham with hazardous smoke.

Climate change is here, but with your help our city can be at the forefront of mitigation efforts. There is a lot we can do right here in Gresham to have an impact on climate change. When we keep climate justice in mind as we make plans and design programs, we lead the way for our communities and our planet. 

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Gresham Must Balance the Budget and Protect the Vulnerable

After 14 years of borrowing from our state-mandated reserve, the City of Gresham finds itself in a shortfall. We’ll find our way back together, but we can’t continue to do so at the expense of our community’s most vulnerable.

I’ll cut right to the chase: I voted no on the city’s proposed budget because it unfairly puts the burden of filling a $13.3MM hole right on YOU. How? By charging higher fees. 

I believe we need to readjust our priorities to fill that hole, not impose fees on people who are already struggling to pay their bills. 

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Alert: Emergency Funds for Gresham Small Businesses

The City of Gresham has received Phase 3 Emergency Business Grant funding. Please share this opportunity with your Gresham networks!

The city has received $250,000 in funds from the State of Oregon to provide additional grants to Gresham businesses with 25 or fewer employees.

Funding applications open on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday, October 19 at 8 am PT.

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COVID-19: Planning for Our Recovery and Resilience

Like others, you probably worry about the impact that COVID-19 has on your well being. As your city councilor, I’ll build on plans to keep our community healthy and local businesses thriving.

Back in March, as the COVID-19 virus swept the nation, we started taking common-sense actions as individuals to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe. We started washing our hands more often.  We started wearing masks. We cut back on socializing. 

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