City Owned Parking Lot Shifts from Employee Use to Managed Safe Parking Shelter for Unhoused

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​The City of Salem amended Resolution No. 2020-49 to authorize more managed Safe Parking Shelter Sites, allowing those who are unhoused to park and live in their RV or car legally and safely.

While no one should have to live in a car, this approach to sheltering can help families and individuals get connected to services in a secure environment with consistent access to onsite toilets, storage, garbage removal, laundry, showers, and around -the- clock security assistance.

Already, there are several host sites across Salem where individuals who are homeless are permitted to temporarily park their vehicles for sleeping and living. Now, the City - in partnership with shelter management, Church at the Park - can offer safe vehicle parking for more than one night at a time.

Advocates report vehicle residency is one of the fastest growing forms of homelessness in our area. Like nearly all urban cities in Washington, Oregon, and California, Salem supports some form of vehicle camping as a means of providing safety to those whose vehicle doubles as their home. According to Church at the Park shelter management, more than 40 people are currently on a waiting list for a safe park reservation in Salem.

"With a shelter crisis like this, we have to look for both short-term and long-term solutions to help people stabilize," said City Manager Steve Powers. "We are thankful for additional State and Federal funds that along with City funds and community partners will increase shelter capacity, launch a navigation center, mobile crisis response unit, and expand affordable supportive housing developments."

For more information about upcoming city projects and programs in response to Salem's shelter crisis, visit our public web pages about shelter and housing

New managed shelter sites

Address: 500 Block Commercial Street SE Salem, Oregon 97301
Parking Spaces: 16
Registration: Priority for families who are unsheltered with dependents
Services: Secure perimeter, electricity, toilets, potable water, case management, laundry, showers, storage.
Shelter Management: Church at the Park with 24/7 on-site staff.
Address: 3737 Portland Road NE -Salem, Oregon 97301
Parking Spaces: 8
Registration: Adults who are unsheltered
Services: Secure perimeter, electricity, toilets, potable water, case management, laundry, showers, storage.
Shelter Management: Church at the Park with 24/-on site staff 

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