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Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek signs three executive orders related to housing homelessness on Tuesday, Jan. 10. (Photo by Julia Shumway/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Gov. Tina Kotek last week declared that much of Oregon is in a state of emergency because of homelessness, and she created a new state council with the aim of building thousands more homes each year.

Kotek signed three executive orders in a temporary ceremonial office in Salem on Jan. 10, just 24 hours after she was inaugurated. She described the orders, as well as a $130 million funding request she’ll make to the Legislature, as first steps in addressing the state’s homelessness crisis.

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