Learn About Micro-Shelter Villages



Micro-shelter informational meetings are set for this Wednesday, January 26, and Thursday, January 27. The Salem City Manager's office will host a Zoom event Wednesday, 12-1 p.m. Join us on Zoom. On Thursday, Church at the Park will meet, 6-7pm at IKE Box.

Micro-shelter villages are new to Salem and provide managed, temporary housing opportunities for people who are unsheltered, combined with case management and outreach services designed to match individuals with resources.

The City of Salem, in partnership with area non-profits, offers temporary shelter for individuals who are chronically homeless or recently unhoused. These micro-shelter villages provide up to 40 small living spaces to be used as temporary housing.  At each location, we are providing 24-hour security, on-site staff, restrooms, meals, peer support, and connections to local service providers and programs.

Micro-shelter property requirements

The City of Salem is actively seeking locations to expand alternative shelter within the City Limits. Finding appropriate sites for the next micro-shelter community remains challenging. Ideally, properties suitable for this kind of shelter are positioned with:

  • Grade of less than 5%
  • Utilities and storm drain access within 100-200 feet
  • Bus stop within half a mile
  • Outside of floodway, at least 75 feet from riparian area, no wetland present
  • Within City of Salem limits, outside of FAA flight path

Get involved

Let us know what you think about one or more of the proposed micro-village sites. 

You can sign-up to receive email notice of a new site being considered.

What sites are currently being considered?  

Four sites are currently being considered for micro-shelter villages in our community.
  • CENTRAL SALEM: City-owned Peace Plaza at 555 Liberty Street SE (space between Library and City Hall).

  • SOUTH SALEM: Non-profit owned property at 2410 Turner Road SE.

  • CENTRAL SALEM: Privately-owned property at NW Corner of Front and Hood Streets NE

  • CENTRAL SALEM: Privately-owned property at 1280 Center Street NE.
Join a virtual forum about the proposed locations 

January 11 from 12-1:00 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82543609053,
on January 11 from 4:45-5:45 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85779328765
on January 19, from 12-1 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84611981985.

Additional resources 

Frequently Asked Questions about Micro-shelter Villages

Contact us

City Manager's Office
555 Liberty St SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301
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