Partners, Community Team Up for Housing Help

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​The Housing Rental Assistance Program, for people who are the hardest to house, was recently the recipient of a large donation of sleeping bags, tents, and warming blankets and tarps thanks to a Facebook campaign rallied by one individual to help unsheltered residents.

These and other donations have helped restock Housing’s Immediate Needs Station, which is available through police and fire personnel on a 24-7 basis, helping to keep people warm, especially during the flooding season.

Early work in progress on 70-plus housing units

Design and pre-development work are underway for Sequoia Crossings permanent supportive housing, which is expected to provide more than 70 housing units.

Learn more about housing efforts through Salem Housing Authority in their Project Management Report.

State fairgrounds temporary shelter moves forward

Salem City Council also heard more about plans for managed, temporary, limited sheltering at the Oregon State Fairgrounds being developed in partnership with the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, and funders Oregon Housing and Community Services and Church of the park. They expect to house about 100 people temporarily inside the pavilion and another eight car campers in the fairgrounds parking lots.

The shelter will be staffed by two security staff and managed by five additional staff at all times. A van will also take people to and from services during the day.

The State Fair Board and Director have been strongly supportive of this temporary measure.

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