Stimulus jobs help the needy

Over $1 billion in federal funding is being used to save Oregon’s social service programs.

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More than $1 billion in federal stimulus funding is going into Oregon’s Department of Human Services, creating jobs that are helping preserve the state’s social service programs.

The bulk of Oregon’s stimulus money — about $900 million — will ensure that the poor have access to health care. The rest will be spent on vaccinations for children, cash assistance for needy families, meals for seniors and other programs.

To handle the workload, the agency is drawing upon other state and federal accounts to hire hundreds of employees even as Oregon’s state budget troubles require public workers to take unpaid furlough days.

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