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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Federal programs aim to keep people in their homes - and off the street

In Monday's New York Times, Peter Goodman writes about the state of our nation's safety net - "The question is whether the modern-day safety net has enough money and the right initiatives to aid those who need it most," he writes. "The answer could shape whether a considerable slice of the American population will recover from the trauma of recent years, and how long that will take."

Oregon was one of five states recently selected to share in a $600 million federal program aimed at helping regions hardest hit by unemployment. Read Eric Mortenson's March 29 Oregonian article, "Oregon gets $88 million share of federal aid the ease foreclosures," for more.