The Legislature's Emergency Board has voted to restore $17 million in budget cuts to home care programs.

The Legislature's Emergency Board has voted to restore $17 million in budget cuts to home care programs.

The unanimous vote today temporarily rescued Oregon Project Independence and other Department of Human Services programs affecting 16,000 people, including elderly shut-ins, families of severely disabled children, and the mentally ill.

The programs were cut to meet a 9 percent across the board budget reduction ordered by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

Legislative leaders drew money from a reserve fund to plug the gap.

The funding keeps some of the programs alive through February, and others through June, when more cuts may be needed.

— The Associated Press