May 3, 2021

Happy May!

The month is starting off with ways Oregon's faith community can help prevent pandemic evictions!

The rental eviction moratorium ends on June 30, 2021 - but months of back rent will be due for many the very next day. If people owe back rent, they could be evicted in July.

SB 282 would extend the grace period to pay back rent through February 2022, and would also protect rental and credit records for people who have fallen behind so they won’t be screened out of housing in the future. This bill has passed the Senate, and a crucial vote in the Oregon House is tomorrow.

Thank you!

(2) Community Stabilization:
Statewide Intersectional Housing Advocacy
Join us: May 4 & 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.*

You are invited to attend our upcoming statewide “Oregon Community Stabilization: Intersectional Housing Advocacy Cohort-sprint.”

This is a collaboration among Leaven Community Land and Housing Coalition, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and the Interfaith Movement of Immigrant Justice to grow our collective faith capacity in Oregon, prepare to engage with legislators and powerfully testify, and learn more about these bills and their impact.

Community displacement and destabilization are an on-going part of Oregon’s history, now heightened by the realities of COVID-19. The housing crisis stretches across Oregon, coupled with the climate crisis and the pandemic of systemic racism, leaving people without stable, safe housing and disproportionately impacting BIPOC communities. This flux impacts individuals and families, along with rupturing the vital threads that make up the fabric of our communities: schools, faith communities, neighborhoods and community-based organizations.

Many important legislative decisions are coming before the Oregon Legislature in May, including five bills that would provide necessary components to stabilize and strengthen this fabric of Oregon communities. Join us as we feel the depth and breadth of our power as people of faith and act to stabilize our communities in this legislative session!

These five bills will do the following to stabilize Oregon communities and bring more people home:
  • Remove barriers to faith communities building affordable housing -- More Affordable, Accessible Housing.
  • Provide funds for home repair and lowering financial and health costs through efficiency upgrades -- Keep people in their homes, safely.
  • Create living-wage, green jobs for BIPOC communities -- Invest in the financial and climate health of our communities.

*Note that these sessions will not be identical. Instead, they are a leadership accompaniment process so please try to attend both!
Other Upcoming Events
May 5 - 14
Oregon Interfaith Power & Light Advocacy Week: Congress
Advocate for environmental justice legislation and meet with your Member of Congress and their staff. More information soon!

May 13 @ 7 p.m.
Oregon Environmental & Policy Updates
Find out where our priority bills are in the legislative process and our strategy for the final month of the legislative session. Contact Cherice Bock to sign up.

May 25 @ 10 a.m.
Virtually attend issue briefings and workshops on advocating for compassionate legislation on issues such as housing, hunger, health care, immigration, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform and climate justice. Following the briefings, we will make our faith voice heard in virtual meetings with state legislators. Group leaders will provide talking points and make all necessary appointments for you.
Creation Justice Advocacy 2021
Want to help EMO/Oregon Interfaith Power & Light (OIPL) strengthen protections for the environment and frontline communities? Join EMO/OIPL's Creation Justice Advocacy Team and receive updates on creation justice-related advocacy opportunities, including virtual visits to your legislators during Earth Week!

And contact your legislators today with our email template in support of SCR 17 "Environmental Justice for Oregon" and HB 2021 "100% Clean Energy for All"!

For more information or details about how to get involved, contact Cherice Bock at
Sign up for legislative updates & events
During each legislative session, EMO’s goal is to empower people of faith with the advocacy tools they need to put their faith into action. To add your voice and your values to our public conversation, sign up for updates on the issues that are most important to you and view current events.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
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