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Addressing homelessness in Salem is a top priority for the community and the City Council. Here you will find weekly statistics and details about the calls we receive and the efforts being made. You can also explore the City's other housing and shelter information.

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What's Happening

Week of May 23, 2022

Community Sanitation Response Team Coordinator selection

The hiring process is under way for a new coordinator to lead the soon-to-be-established Community Sanitation Response Team (comprised of various city staff members).

The team will consist of a supervisor position (respond to community issues, lead/supervise the team), two Salem Police officers, a Public Works coordinator and three sanitation members.

More information regarding the Community Sanitation Response Team is available online (See attachment in link) or by calling 503-588-6178.

Community sanitation nonprofit request for assistance

We are seeking assistance from a nonprofit partner to increase livability and decrease garbage throughout the City. A Request for Proposals has been issued. More information regarding the request is available by calling 503-588-6136.

Tentative clean-up schedule

We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the City. Proposed health and sanitization clean-ups are scheduled as follows: 

  • Wallace Marine: Two sections near the north end of the park will be the focus of clean-up efforts over the next week or two.
  • Cascade Gateway:  Clean-ups and a plan to work in this area and reopen the park is underway with reopening dates to be determined.

Working with property owners

Staff continues to work with various agencies (State, county, and private landowners) to identify landowners.

  • City Public Works is aware of additional (waste) in the Willamette Slough and is planning to perform a clean-up via the waterway once high waters have subsided.
  • Monthly meeting with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) this week

Ongoing efforts 

Regular monitoring 

Staff are aware and monitoring conditions of encampment activity regularly at:

  • Fischer Rd NE
  • Hagers Grove Rd SE
  • Geer Community park
  • Bridges over Pringle Creek at Church Street SE and High Street SE
  • Wallace Marine Park
  • Cascade Gateway Park

Addressing housing and other needs

Outreach teams continue to assist individuals in need. No two people have the same needs, and city staff continues to work with various agencies and non-profits to help determine what services may be required or available.

  • Staff are concerned with limitations in medical/Insurance/treatment options people that may fall outside of standard methods of care and/or treatment (private insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, etc.)
  • We have more people than available shelter beds or housing units – and we receive reports that some struggle with physical or behavioral disabilities and with personal care needs beyond what the current shelter programs can accommodate.  

Encouraging use of available resources, yet service gaps remain

  • Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces to help encourage people to access limited available resources.  
  • People access services such as receiving mail, taking showers, doing laundry, having meals, and signing up for housing waiting lists. Connecting to services is a necessary start, yet people can still be homeless for years awaiting the type of housing or shelter needed for their situation.

Week of May 9, 2022

Addressing housing and other needs

We are at work to address the limited availability of some types of shelters, supportive housing programs such as Redwood Crossings, and affordable housing.

We have more people than available shelter beds or housing units – and we receive reports that some struggle with physical or behavioral disabilities with personal care needs beyond what the current shelter programs can accommodate.  

Encouraging use of available resources

At the same time, street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces to help encourage people to access limited available resources.  

People access services such as receiving mail, taking showers, doing laundry, having meals and signing up for housing waiting lists. Connecting to services is a necessary start, yet people can still be homeless for years awaiting the type of housing or shelter needed for their situation.

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule

We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the City.  

Between now and May 16, the Oregon Department of Transportation has plans to clean areas under bridges and bio swales at Front, Marion, and Center streets.

We are concerned and watching high water areas along Salem's waterways.  As conditions improve, cleaning activity will continue.  The City will clean areas at River Road Park (May 19) and Wallace Marine Park (May 26). 

Regular monitoring

On a daily basis, staff are aware and monitoring conditions at encampments on:

  • Fisher Road,
  • Wolverine,
  • Hagers Grove,
  • behind Shopko,
  • bridges over Pringle Creek at Church Street SE and High Street SE,
  • Wallace Marine, and
  • Cascade Gateway parks. 

Working with property owners

In late April, the City and private property owners worked with campers at Home Depot, Rite Aid and Nordstrom's block at Salem Center Mall.  Clean ups have also occurred at the south half of Cascades Gateway Park, Marion Square Park, Mission Street area bridges and Shelton Ditch, Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, Wallace Marine Park, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park.

Local Projects Selected to Receive Funding

On April 26, Salem City Council awarded more than $2 million dollars in America Rescue Plan (ARPA) HOME funding to assist local for-profit and non-profit businesses that met the federal program's funding priorities: crisis referral, crisis intervention, services to homeless youth, safety net services (domestic violence), new construction of affordable housing, and case management.

Local projects selected to receive Salem funding:

  • Center for Hope and Safety, HOPE Plaza Project and Services for Victims of Domestic Violence – Hotline and Case Management: $250,000 for construction and $100,000 for case management
  • Salem Housing Authority, Sequoia Crossing Project: $1.5M and $4,000 in project delivery costs
  • Women at the Well, Case Management: $47,000
  • Northwest Human Services, HOST Youth Case Management: $35,965
  • St. Francis Shelter, Case Management: $60,000

More information regarding Salem's HOME-ARP Allocation Plan or Federal Funding programs is available online or by calling 503-588-6178.

Week of May 2, 2022

Addressing housing and other needs

We are at work to address the limited availability of some types of shelters, supportive housing programs such as Redwood Crossings, and affordable housing.

We have more people than available shelter beds or housing units – and we receive reports that some struggle with physical or behavioral disabilities with personal care needs beyond what the current shelter programs can accommodate.  At last report this week, Union Gospel Mission has space available for men and, as a result of two residents transitioning to longer-term housing, SafeSleep United may have capacity for additional women.  

Encouraging use of available resources

At the same time, street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces to help encourage people to access limited available resources.  

People access services such as receiving mail, taking showers, doing laundry, having meals and signing up for housing waiting lists. Connecting to services is a necessary start, yet people can still be homeless for years awaiting the type of housing or shelter needed for their situation.

Tentative clean-Up schedule

We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the City.  

For this week, the City continues to work with campers at:

  • Home Depot to move recreational vehicles illegally camping at the location,
  • Clay Street to clean up remaining garbage and debris,
  • Van Kleek and Wallace to clean up garbage along the waterway.

Between May 5 and May 16, the Oregon Department of Transportation has plans to clean areas under bridges and bio swales at Front, Marion, and Center streets.

Next week, the City will clean areas at River Road Park.

Regular monitoring

On a daily basis, staff are aware and monitoring conditions at encampments on:

  • Fisher Road,
  • Wolverine,
  • behind Shopko,
  • bridges over Pringle Creek at Church Street SE and High Street SE,
  • Wallace Marine, and
  • Cascade Gateway parks. 

Working with property owners

Last week, the City and private property owners worked with campers at Home Depot, Rite Aid and Nordstrom's block at Salem Center Mall.  Clean ups have also occurred at the south half of Cascades Gateway Park, Marion Square Park, Mission Street area bridges and Shelton Ditch, Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, Wallace Marine Park, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park.

Local Projects Selected to Receive Funding

The City of Salem received over $2 million dollars in America Rescue Plan (ARPA) HOME funding to assist local for-profit and non-profit businesses that met the federal program's funding priorities: crisis referral, crisis intervention, services to homeless youth, safety net services (domestic violence), new construction of affordable housing, and case management.

Local projects selected to receive Salem funding:

  • Center for Hope and Safety, HOPE Plaza Project and Services for Victims of Domestic Violence – Hotline and Case Management: $250,000 for construction and $100,000 for case management
  • Salem Housing Authority, Sequoia Crossing Project: $1.5M and $4,000 in project delivery costs
  • Women at the Well, Case Management: $47,000
  • Northwest Human Services, HOST Youth Case Management: $35,965
  • St. Francis Shelter, Case Management: $60,000

More information regarding Salem's HOME-ARP Allocation Plan or Federal Funding programs is available online or by calling 503-588-6178.

Week of April 25

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule. We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the City.  We are at work to address the limited availability of shelters, supportive housing programs such as Redwood Crossings, and affordable housing.

Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces to help encourage people to access limited available resources.  Still, we have more people than available shelter beds or housing units.

People access services such as receiving mail, taking showers, doing laundry, having meals and signing up for housing waiting lists. Connecting to services is a necessary start, yet people can still be homeless for years awaiting the type of housing or shelter needed for their situation.

For this week, the City and private property owners are working with campers at:

  • Home Depot to move more than ten recreational vehicles illegally camping at the location
  • Rite Aid and Nordstrom's block at Salem Center Mall

On a daily basis, staff are aware and monitoring conditions at encampments on Fisher Road, Clay, Wolverine, behind Shopko, bridges over Pringle Creek at Church Street SE and High Street SE, River Road Park, and Cascade Gateway Park. 

Clean ups have occurred at the south half of Cascades Gateway Park, Marion Square Park, Mission Street area bridges and Shelton Ditch, Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, Wallace Marine Park, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park.

Housing Needs in Salem. On April 18, the Salem City Council hosted a work session on Salem's housing needs with governing boards of Marion County, Polk County, Salem Keizer Transit, and Salem Keizer School District.  Panelists presented information on Salem's housing needs.  The panel of local experts spoke to housing development and represented experience in developing subsidized, affordable, and market-rate housing in Salem.  You can play back the conversation anytime.  The panel included local developers, Home Builders Association of Marion and Polk Counties, and Salem Housing Authority.

Week of April 18

City Council hosts work session on Salem Housing Needs April 18 at 6:00 p.m.
On April 18, beginning at 6:00 p.m., the Salem City Council is hosting a work session on Salem’s housing needs with governing boards of Marion County, Polk County, Salem Keizer Transit, and Salem Keizer School District.   You are invited to listen in and livestream the discussion in English on YouTube or in Spanish on YouTube or view it later at your convenience on CC:Media.

Addressing Shelter Availability/Connecting to Services. We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the City.  We are at work to address the limited availability of shelters, supportive housing programs such as Redwood Crossings, and affordable housing. Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces to help encourage people to access limited available resources.  Still, we have more people than available shelter beds or housing units. People access services such as receiving mail, taking showers, doing laundry, having meals and signing up for housing waiting lists. Connecting to services is a necessary start, yet people can still be homeless for years awaiting the type of housing or shelter needed for their situation.

Clean-ups. Clean ups have occurred at the south half of Cascades Gateway Park, Marion Square Park, Mission Street area bridges and Shelton Ditch, Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, Wallace Marine Park, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park.  Last week, staff worked in the following areas: Fisher Road, private property area; Clay Street; Wolverine Street; and Front Street, in landscaping strip near roadway. 

Update for other areas of concern:
• Mission and 13th/14th St:  The State of Oregon, which owns the land, has provided cleaning services at several times this year and is aware of the current concerns.
• Salem Center Mall.  Salem Police are working with property owner to address areas around the mall.
• Portland Road between Wayside Terrace NE and Hawthorne Ave NE.  Salem Police are working with private property owner in the area.
• Further work and park restoration is needed at Cascades Gateway Park; a date is not certain at this time.

Week of April 11

Why Not Use the Old Costco? A frequently asked question here at the City is, "Why not use the former location of Costco on Mission St. SE for sheltering services?"

Large properties like these are often intriguing, given the big need for more sheltering services. The cost for a large property of this size would far outpace available resources:  costs would include the building and land purchase, renovations to meet life safety requirements for sheltering people, and the significant utility and other operating costs for such a large property. This specific property has been privately purchased. Instead, with the help of the State of Oregon, the city purchased property at 1185 22nd Avenue SE to become the City's first Navigation Center. With help from Marion County, property renovations are beginning soon with the anticipated Fall 2022 opening under the management of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule. We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the City.  We are at work to address the limited availability of shelters, supportive housing programs such as Redwood Crossings, and affordable housing. Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces to help encourage people to access limited available resources.  Still, we have more people than available shelter beds or housing units. People access services such as receiving mail, taking showers, doing laundry, having meals and signing up for housing waiting lists. Connecting to services is a necessary start, yet people can still be homeless for years awaiting the type of housing or shelter needed for their situation.

Clean ups have occurred at the south half of Cascades Gateway Park, Marion Square Park, Mission Street area bridges and Shelton Ditch, Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, Wallace Marine Park, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park. Upcoming work includes:

  • Fisher Road, private property area, Wednesday, April 13
  • Clay Street, Thursday, April 14
  • Wolverine Street, Thursday, April 14
  • Front Street, in the landscaping strip near the roadway, Thursday, April 14
  • Mission and 13th/14th St:  The area is owned by the State of Oregon, who has provided notifications and cleaning services several times this year and is aware of the current concerns.
  • Further work and park restoration is needed at Cascades Gateway Park; a date is not certain at this time.

Week of April 4

Using Former Hotels to Shelter. City Council invested funds to provide kitchenettes in shelter units to assist people staying at the Mosaic, a new program which transforms a former hotel to enable community nonprofit Center for Hope and Safety to provide expanded shelter opportunities, wrap-around services and case management. The Center for Hope and Safety serves victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.
 
Wallace Road Park and Ride. A number of recreational vehicles began to stay at the Wallace Road Park and Ride in West Salem. City staff worked with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), which owns the facility. ODOT and the City provided required notifications that this is not an authorized safe park location, and plan to return to remove any remaining garbage that may be left behind.
 
Safe Park. The City provides grant funding to support multiple safe park locations through a partnership with the nonprofit organization, Church @ the Park. The need for these services far outpaces the number of available safe parking spots. More information is available at the Salem Safe Parking Network web page.
 
Tentative Clean-Up Schedule. We remain concerned for the health and safety of people living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the City.  Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage people living in public spaces to help encourage them to access available resources. 
 
Clean-ups have occurred at the south half of Cascades Gateway Park, Marion Square Park, Mission Street area bridges and Shelton Ditch, Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, Wallace Marine Park, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park. Upcoming work includes:

  • Wallace Marine Park:  April 7 

How you can help. We are often asked how to help a person or the overall situation. People can:

  • Refer people directly to The ARCHES Project, a program of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. ARCHES helps people navigate to stable housing with referrals, housing placements, and basic services. Reach staff there or refer people directly by calling 503-399-9080.  
  • Another option is to fill out an online Outreach Request Form to NW Human Services HOAP project.
  • Learn more ways to help.

Week of March 21

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule. We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the City.  Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces to help encourage people to access available resources.  

Clean ups have occurred at the south half of Cascades Gateway Park, Marion Square Park, Mission Street area bridges and Shelton Ditch, Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park. Upcoming work includes:

  • Cascades Gateway Park: March 24, clean-up continues on the west and north portions of the park.
  • Wallace Marine Park: March 31, pending availability of towing companies to remove vehicles, we hope to return to Wallace Marine Park.  We are working now to encourage those staying in RVs to leave the park, and plan to be cleaning the area and removing vehicles, if needed, March 24 and again March 31. 

Volunteer or support local organizations

We are often asked how to help a person or the overall situation. People can:

  • Refer people directly to The ARCHES Projecta program of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.  ARCHES helps people navigate to stable housing with referrals, housing placements, and basic services. Reach staff there or refer people directly by calling 503-399-9080.   
  • Another option is to fill out an online Outreach Request Form to NW Human Services HOAP project. 
  • Learn more ways to help.

Week of March 14

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule. We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the City.  Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces to help encourage people to access available resources.  

Clean ups have occurred at the south half of Cascades Gateway Park, Marion Square Park, Mission Street area bridges and Shelton Ditch, Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park. Upcoming work includes:

  • Cascades Gateway Park: March 17, the west and north portions of the park.
  • Wallace Marine Park: March 24 and 31, pending availability of towing companies to remove vehicles, we hope to return to Wallace Marine Park.  We are working now to encourage those staying in RVs to leave the park, and plan to be cleaning the area and removing vehicles, if needed, March 24 and again March 31. 

Volunteer or support local organizations

We are often asked how to help a person or the overall situation. People can:

  • Refer people directly to The ARCHES Projecta program of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.  ARCHES helps people navigate to stable housing with referrals, housing placements, and basic services. Reach staff there or refer people directly by calling 503-399-9080.   
  • Another option is to fill out an online Outreach Request Form to NW Human Services HOAP project. 
  • Learn more ways to help.

Week of March 7

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule. We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in - and the neighbors of - scattered sites throughout the City.  Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces to help encourage people to access the available, but limited resources.

Clean-ups have occurred at Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park.

  • Marion Square Park: March 3 and March 7This clean-up is continuing through Monday, March 7, with a focus on the areas near the park, like sidewalks and areas under bridges.
  • Mission Street area bridges and Shelton Ditch: March 7.  In coordination with Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, and Salem staff, the area around Lee Street and bridges over Mission Street, and Shelton Ditch will be cleaned up.
  • Cascades Gateway Park: March 10, area adjacent to Church of Park, Paradise Island and Elks – the south half of the park.
  • March 17, 24, and 31: pending availability of towing companies to remove vehicles as may be necessary, we'll return to Wallace Marine Park or to river-adjacent areas of Cascades Gateway Park.

Volunteer or support local organizations

We are often asked how to help a person or the overall situation. People can:

  • Refer people directly to The ARCHES Projecta program of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.  ARCHES helps people navigate to stable housing with referrals, housing placements, and basic services. Reach staff there or refer people directly by calling 503-399-9080.   
  • Another option is to fill out an online Outreach Request Form to NW Human Services HOAP project. 
  • Visit our City's web page to learn more ways to help.

Week of February 28

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule. We are concerned for a number of scattered camping sites throughout the City. Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are living in public spaces.  

Clean-ups have recently occurred at Lancaster, Geer Park, Claggett Creek Natural Area, and under the Church Street SE Bridge over Pringle Creek at Pringle Park.

  • Marion Square Park: March 3.  We plan on concluding camping at Marion Square Park with cleaning to occur on March 3. The point in time count and cold weather have delayed the City's posting, clearing, and cleaning of camping sites.
  • Cascades Gateway Park: March 10, area adjacent to Church of Park, Paradise Island and Elks
  • March 17: pending availability of towing companies to remove vehicles, we'll return to Wallace Marine Park or river-adjacent areas of Cascades Gateway Park.

Enforcing Camping Prohibitions and Restrictions.  Questions continue to come in regarding why the City won't enforce camping prohibitions and restrictions. In addition to more alternative housing, shelter and treatment options, effective behavioral change and enforcement solutions are needed. In Oregon, we cannot legally compel a person to access much-needed services. The act of living or camping on a sidewalk or a park is not a jailable offense.  Limited jail beds are used for housing people who are a threat to public safety based upon behaviors. The City response to camping in an area involves:

  • Resource navigators, to connect people to services
  • Police, to ensure the safety of all present
  • Cleaning teams, to remove abandoned property and garbage

Some ask us if we can require people to access available shelters, and we cannot. Further, available shelter and housing may not meet the individual's needs, and depending upon the circumstances, there is often not available emergency shelter or housing.

Volunteer or Support local organizations

We are often asked how to help a person or the overall situation. People can:

  • Refer people directly to The ARCHES Projecta program of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.  ARCHES helps people navigate to stable housing with referrals, housing placements, and basic services. Reach staff there or refer people directly by calling 503-399-9080.   
  • Another option is to fill out an online Outreach Request Form to NW Human Services HOAP project. 

  • Visit our City's web page to learn more ways to help.

February 18 update

Delay to Park Response

The City adjusted its posting and cleaning work at Marion Square Park. Notice to conclude camping at Marion Square Park will be posted on or about Monday, February 28 with services to clean the park returning on Thursday, March 3.  Beginning the week of March 7, we will transition to the areas at Cascades Gateway and Wallace Marine Parks. We deeply regret the delay to our progress at these areas.

The delay in our park response is a direct result of anticipated cold temperatures next week.  Together with our partners, our priority next week is to assist as many people as possible to access more suitable, indoor locations.

Warming Network volunteer opportunities

The Salem Warming Network depends upon volunteers for this life-saving effort. Please consider volunteering in this critical time.  Visit https://salemwarming.weebly.com/ for information and to help.

Volunteer or Support local organizations

We are often asked how to help a person or the overall situation. People can:

  • Refer people directly to ARCHES , a program of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.  ARCHES helps people navigate to stable housing with referrals, housing placements, and basic services. Reach staff there or refer people directly by calling 503-399-9080.   
  • Another option is to fill out an online Outreach Request Form to NW Human Services HOAP project. This link is available at midvalleyresources.org/outreachrequest.
  • Visit our City's web page to learn more ways to help.

Week of February 14

Regional Updates:

Legislative Update. During this short Legislative Session, staff continue to work to advance the City Council's priorities of securing funding and additional support for our sheltering crisis.  Priorities include funding for temporary and emergency sheltering, and additional support to local governments for additional mental health, sobering, addiction and recovery services for those experiencing homelessness. Salem is also seeking more flexible disposition of State-owned property for services and sheltering use on a temporary or permanent basis.

Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance.  Salem is a proud member of the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance and is committed to its mission.  On February 10, the Alliance held its annual summit to end and prevent homelessness with agencies, neighborhoods, churches, governments, schools and businesses from across Marion and Polk counties. Learn more about the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance.

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule and COVID-19 Related Delays

Thank you to the non-profit organization, Be Bold Street Ministries, which removed over 400 pounds of garbage last week from an area along Lancaster Dr. This significant contribution toward our livability is much appreciated.

We are concerned about  a number of scattered camping sites throughout the City. Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are at these sites. We are sometimes asked if we can require people to access available shelters, and we cannot. Further, available shelter and housing may not meet the individual's needs. Depending upon the circumstances, there is often not available emergency shelter or housing.

We provide required notice to conclude camping at locations as resources allow. This always begins with outreach teams who connect people to available resources in our community. Then we come to help clean areas, dispose of accumulated garbage, and move people from the site.

Like other people-serving areas of our community, our staff have been impacted by COVID-19. Thank you for your patience, as our response to cleaning needs in public spaces is sometimes delayed. Outreach continues daily. If we have the staffing needed to support clean-ups, our tentative schedule is:

  • February 10: Claggett Creek Natural Area
  • February 17: Geer Park, Pringle Park with Church Street bridge
  • February 21:  support to 3271 Lancaster Dr. NE
  • February 24: Marion Square Park and surrounding areas
  • March 3: Cascades Gateway Park
  • TBD March: Wallace Marine Parks

Cascades Gateway Park remains closed with plans to re-open this summer.

Week of February 7

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule and COVID-19 Related Delays

We are concerned about a number of scattered camping sites throughout the City. Street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority navigators, non-profits, and community-based organizations regularly engage those who are at these sites. We are sometimes asked if we can require people to access available shelters, and we cannot. Further, available shelter and housing may not meet the individual's needs. Depending upon the circumstances, there is often not available emergency shelter or housing.

We provide required notice to conclude camping at locations as resources allow. This always begins with outreach teams who connect people to available resources in our community. Then we come to help clean areas, dispose of accumulated garbage, and move people from the site.

Like other people-serving areas of our community, our staff has been impacted by COVID-19. Thank you for your patience, as our response to cleaning needs in public spaces is sometimes delayed. Outreach continues daily. If we have staffing needed to support clean-ups, our tentative schedule is:

  • February 10: Claggett Creek Natural Area
  • February 17: Geer Park, Pringle Park with Church Street bridge
  • February 24: Marion Square Park and surrounding areas
  • February (date to be determined): support to 3271 Lancaster Dr. NE
  • March: Cascades Gateway and Wallace Marine Parks

Cascades Gateway Park remains closed with plans to re-open this summer.

Other Updates

  • Micro-shelter siting.  On January 24, 2022, Salem's City Council approved the use of three locations for future micro-sheltering services: 1280 Center St. NE, the NW corner of Front St. and Hood St. NE, and 2410 Turner Rd. SE.  Funding was approved to open one of these sites in time for us to move the micro-shelter village at 2640 Portland Rd. NE, the "Village of Hope," when its current lease expires.  The 1280 Center St. NE location is being prepared for this purpose. Funding for micro-sheltering services at the other two sites has not yet been secured.
  • Yaquina Hall groundbreaking. Salem Housing Authority and partners launched an $18,634,000 project that will bring another 52 units of affordable housing with on-site services to our region. These units will be available in March 2023.
  • Navigation Center. Marion County announced support for our region's first Navigation Center through commitment of up to $3 million for capital construction costs. Thank you, Marion County, for this significant investment! Open as a temporary warming shelter this season, the site should be open as a Navigation Center in September 2022, barring unforeseen supply chain issues.

Week of January 31, 2022

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule and COVID-19 Related Delays
Like other people-serving areas of our community, our staff have been impacted by COVID-19. Thank you for your patience as we move into February, as our response to cleaning needs in public spaces may be delayed. Outreach continues daily.  If we have staffing needed to support clean-ups, our tentative schedule is:

  • February 10: Claggett Creek Natural Area
  • February 17: Geer Park
  • February 24: Marion Square Park
  • March: Cascades Gateway and Wallace Marine Parks

Micro-shelter Siting
On January 24, Salem’s City Council approved the use of three locations for future micro-sheltering services: 1280 Center St. NE, the NW corner of Front St. and Hood St. NE, and 2410 Turner Rd. SE.  One of these three locations was funded to open in time for us to transfer the micro-shelter village at 2640 Portland Rd. NE, the “Village of Hope,” when the lease at the Portland Road site expires.  Funding for micro-sheltering services at the other two sites has not yet been secured.

Yaquina Hall Groundbreaking
Salem Housing Authority’s $18,634,000 project will bring another 52 units of affordable housing with on-site services to our region.  These units will be available in March 2023. 

Navigation Center
Marion County announced support for our region’s first Navigation Center, through commitment of up to a $3 million investment in capital construction costs. Thank you, Marion County, for this significant investment! Open as a temporary warming shelter this season, the Navigation Center should be open on or about September 2022, barring unforeseen supply chain issues.

Week of January 24

Like other people-serving areas of our community, our staff have been impacted by COVID-19. Thank you for your patience into February, as our response to cleaning needs in public spaces may be delayed.

Annual Point-in-Time Count
Our area is in the midst of this annual “count.” The Point-in-Time Count is a count required by the federal government of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness.  The count helps contribute toward receiving  vital resources to reduce hardships that lead to homelessness, provide services to those living unsheltered in our community, and increase access to affordable housing for our residents and families with children who are unsheltered or at-risk of becoming homeless.

Micro-Shelter Siting
City Council approved use of three locations for micro-sheltering services:  1280 Center St. NE, the NW corner of Front St. and Hood St. NE, and 2410 Turner Rd. SE.  One of the three sites also received funding support from the City to remain open.  One of the other locations will open in time for us to transfer the micro-shelter village at 2640 Portland Rd. NE, the “Village of Hope,” to a new location when the lease runs out.

Thank you Marion County
Marion County announced support for our region’s first Navigation Center, through commitment in up to $3,000,000 investment in capital construction costs. Thank you Marion County for this significant investment!

Week of January 10, 2022

Upcoming Point-in-Time Count

For the last two weeks of January, Salem will be taking part in the Point-in-Time Count. The Point-in-Time Count is a count required by the federal government of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness.  The count results in vital resources to reduce hardships that lead to homelessness, provide services to those living unsheltered in our community, and increase access to affordable housing for our residents and families with children who are unsheltered or at-risk of becoming homeless.

During this time, we will continue to direct outreach to those living unsheltered, to assist property owners with those who may be trespassing on private property, and to pick up garbage where it can be easily accessed.  We will not be posting and clearing scattered camping sites located on public property throughout our community. Your reports of concerns continue to be helpful during this time.

Micro Shelter Village information

As alternative, safe options to streets and sidewalks are sought, one option in Salem is to access micro-shelter villages. Conversations are underway this month reviewing site options. 

Week of December 13, 2021

  • Claggett Creek Natural Area.  On Thursday, December 16, service providers will return with clean-up crews to remove accumulated garbage which threatens public health and the environmentally sensitive area.  Last week, service providers worked to connect people to services through an organized resource fair, building upon consistent visits by outreach staff in previous weeks. Fuel cards and service information were provided.  Notice was provided to those in vehicles.  Vehicles that were reached were towed out of the wetland area. 

  • Marion Square Park. On December 9, clean-up of garbage in the area occurred.  Crews focused on the park, ramp areas, adjacent alleys and sidewalks.  ODOT provided notice of clean-up under the bridge areas for the week of December 20.

  • Wallace Marine Park. Clean-up work will continue in January.  On December 2, crews removed an estimated 130 cubic yards of garbage and debris from northern portions of Wallace Marine Park. 

  • Cascades Gateway Park.  This park remains closed. The City has received reports of individual camp sites returning to the edges of the park areas, near freeway access.

Expanding Safe Sleep Shelter for women.  On December 6, City Council approved a  $300,000 one-time grant to United Way's Safe Sleep shelters to expand from 19 to 45-50 shelter beds for women in need.

ARCHES Hotel property opened December 7.  The City provided $500,000 to the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency for Project Turnkey to convert a motel into 80 rooms. Renamed the ARCHES Inn, the space is an emergency shelter with 24/7 onsite supports like case management, resource navigation, medical and mental services, behavioral health supports, and basic needs.  The site will prioritize households impacted by the Beachie Creek wildfires of 2020, as well as medically fragile, chronically homeless.

Micro-shelter Villages. The City expanded the information on our web page related to micro-shelters. Our community, inspired by the leadership of community member Hazel Patton,  donated funds to purchase 115 micro shelters.  Micro-shelter doors are being painted by volunteer professional artists and a few are on display at the Venti's downtown restaurant!

Salem Warming Network.  City grant funding provides for site stipends, staff coordination and other costs to address the life-saving work of providing warmth during cold nights in our community.  The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency leads the Salem Warming Shelter Network.  Volunteers are needed to ensure this program can provide this crucial service.

What you can do.  There are many organizations that accept monetary and tangible donations to support those in need in our community.  The City supports these acts of kindness but cautions against dropping off tangible goods at unauthorized locations, as these types of donations may delay engagement with helping organizations, and contribute to the accumulation of waste in our public spaces.   

December 6, 2021

Cleaning Up:

  • Claggett Creek Natural Area.  On Monday, December 6, service providers worked to connect people to services through an organized resource fair, building upon consistent visits by outreach staff in previous weeks. Fuel cards and service information were provided.  Notice has been provided to those in vehicles and, later this week, vehicles that can be reached will be towed out of the wetland area.  Next week, service providers will return with clean-up crews to remove accumulated garbage which threatens public health and the environmentally sensitive area.

  • Marion Square Park. Clean up of garbage in the area is being scheduled and may occur this week.

  • Wallace Marine Park. On December 2, crews removed an estimated 130 cubic yards of garbage and debris from northern portions of Wallace Marine Park.  Work will continue in January. 

  • Cascades Gateway Park.  This park remains closed. The City has received reports of individual camp sites returning to the edges of the park areas, near freeway access.

Expanding Safe Sleep Shelter for Women.  On December 6, City Council considered a $300,000 one-time grant to United Way's Safe Sleep shelters to expand from 19 to 45-50 shelter beds for women in need.

ARCHES Hotel property opens December 7.  The City provided $500,000 to the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency for Project Turnkey that converted a motel into 80 rooms. Renamed the ARCHES Inn, the space is an emergency shelter converted from a hotel. This 80-room facility is designed to not only increase regional shelter bed capacity, but also provide 24/7 on-site supports. These include case management, resource navigation, medical and mental services, behavioral health supports, as well as basic needs. Upon opening the propriety population to residents, there will be households impacted by the Beach Creek wildfires of 2020, as well as medically fragile, chronically homeless people.

Salem Warming Network.  City grant funding provides for site stipends, staff coordination and other costs to address the life-saving work of providing warmth during cold nights in our community.  The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency leads the Salem Warming Shelter Network.  Volunteers are needed to ensure this program can provide this crucial service.

What you can do.  There are many organizations that accept monetary and tangible donations to support those in need in our community.  The City supports these acts of kindness but cautions against dropping off tangible goods at unauthorized locations, as these types of donations may contribute to the accumulation of waste in our public spaces.   

Week of November 29

  • Connecting to Services.   With our outreach partners, we are focusing on three primary areas of concern in the coming weeks: Claggett Creek Natural Area, Wallace Marion Park, and Marion Square Park.

    As more spaces are made unavailable for camping in our community, people living unsheltered are moving to other, less accessible areas.  Our street outreach team and Salem Housing Authority navigators regularly work to engage and connect people living in the Claggett Creek Natural Area to services and temporary emergency shelter. 

    Space is available in some area shelters.  However, our ability to require movement from public property is limited and at this time the space is not adequate to meet all demand, particularly for women or people needing lower-barrier temporary shelter services. After providing required notice, we will be able to help tow out abandoned vehicles at the edge of the natural areas and waterways.
  • Cleaning Up:
         
    • Wallace Marine Park. Additional areas within Wallace Marine Park were posted for clean up on November 29.  These areas are slated for clean up December 2. 
    • Recent Clean Up: On November 18, despite the rough terrain and very muddy conditions, crews cleaned eight campsites along the river from the pedestrian bridge north to the southern edge of the softball complex. In all, about 80 cubic yards of garbage and debris were hauled out.  Crews expect to return to Wallace Marine Park in early December, after spending some time cleaning Claggett Creek Natural Area.
    • Claggett Creek Natural Area. Accompanied by outreach staff, crews will return to this area for additional clean up on December 9 and 16.
    • Recent Clean Up: On November 17, crews removed all the garbage from the entrance to Claggett Creek Natural Area. We're posting notices to vehicle and camp areas,  and communicating with those there that it isn't an appropriate location, working toward having the ability to do deeper, more complete cleanings of the area on December 9 and 16.  Given the terrain, this will take several weeks. 
    • Mill Creek area, behind Interstate 5 sound wall.  November 29, ODOT with Oregon State Police cleaned the area.
    • 1990 Front Street.  On November 22, crews removed more than five filled dump trucks of garbage from within the public street right-of-way. 
    • Mission Street (adjacent to freeway, Costco area).  November 22 and 23, ODOT with Oregon State Police cleaned the area
    • Downtown: Rite Aid block.  The area was cleaned the week of November 15
    • Indian School Road.  On November 15, ODOT with Police and City crews, cleaned the area including trash from illegal dumping in the area.
  • Salem Warming Network: City grant funding provides for site stipends, staff coordination and other costs to address the life-saving work of providing warmth during cold nights. The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency leads the Salem Warming Network. Volunteers are needed to sustain this important service.
  • What you can do: There are many organizations in the City of Salem that accept monetary and tangible donations to support our local homeless population. The City supports this act of kindness but cautions against dropping off tangible goods at unauthorized donation locations, as these types of donations may contribute to the accrual of waste in our public spaces. We suggest reaching out or visiting the webpage before you head down with your donation items.    

Week of November 22

  • Connecting People to Services – and Cleaning Up.  As more spaces are made unavailable for camping in our community, people living unsheltered are moving to other, less accessible areas.  Our street outreach team and Salem Housing Authority navigators regularly work to engage and connect people living in the Claggett Creek Natural Area to services and temporary emergency shelter.  Space is available in some area shelters.  However, our ability to require movement from public property is limited and at this time the space is not adequate to meet all demand, particularly for women or people needing lower-barrier temporary shelter services. After providing required notice, we will be able to help tow out abandoned vehicles at the edge of the natural areas and waterways.

  • Indian School Road.  On November 15, ODOT with Police and City crews, cleaned the area including trash from illegal dumping in the area.

  • Downtown: Rite Aid block.  The property owner cleaned the area last week.

  • Claggett Creek Natural Area. On November 17, crews removed all the garbage from the entrance to Claggett Creek Natural Area. We're posting notices to vehicle and camp areas,  and communicating with those there that it isn't an appropriate location, working toward having the ability to do deeper, more complete cleanings of the area on December 9 and 16.  Given the terrain, this will take several weeks. 

  • Wallace Marine Park. On November 18, despite the rough terrain and very muddy conditions, crews cleaned eight campsites along the river from the pedestrian bridge north to the southern edge of the softball complex. In all, about 80 cubic yards of garbage and debris were hauled out.  Crews expect to return to Wallace Marine Park in early December, after spending some time cleaning Claggett Creek Natural Area.

  • 1990 Front Street.  On November 22, crews will remove garbage within the public street right-of-way.  

  • Salem Warming Network: City grant funding provides for site stipends, staff coordination and other costs to address the life-saving work of providing warmth during cold nights. The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency leads the Salem Warming Network. Two temperature-activated partners are standing by. Additionally,
    25 beds at the City-funded indoor warming duration shelter at 2640 Portland Road NE opened last month; about 60 beds at the City-funded indoor warming shelter at 3737 Portland Road NE open this month, both operated by Church @ the Park. The Navigation Center property at 2285 22nd Ave. SE is also planned for use with the Salem Warming Network.

  • Stay up to date and track progress on efforts to address homelessness in our community

  • What you can do: There are many organizations in the City of Salem that accept monetary and tangible donations to support emergency needs. The City supports this act of kindness but cautions against dropping off tangible goods at unauthorized donation locations, as these types of donations may contribute to the accrual of waste in our public spaces. We suggest reaching out or visiting the webpage before you head down with your donation items.

Week of November 15

  • Connecting Unsheltered Neighbors to Services – and Cleaning Up.  As more spaces are made unavailable for camping in our community, people living unsheltered are moving to other, less accessible areas.  Our nonprofit partners  and Salem Housing Authority navigators regularly work to engage and connect people living in the Claggett Creek Natural Area to services and temporary emergency shelter when available.  However, our ability to require movement from public property is limited and at this time the space is not adequate to meet all demand, particularly for women or people needing lower-barrier temporary shelter services.

    • Indian School Road.  November 15, ODOT with Police and City crews, are cleaning the area.  There have been some observations of illegal dumping in the area.

    • Downtown: Rite Aid block.  The property owner plans to clean the area this week.

    • Claggett Creek Natural Area. Staff plan to remove accumulated trash Tuesday, November 16, or Wednesday, November 17.  

    • Wallace Marine Park. On Thursday, November 18, staff plan to remove accumulated trash that can be accessed.

  • Salem Warming Network: City grant funding provides for site stipends, staff coordination and other costs to address the life-saving work of providing warmth during cold nights. The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency leads the Salem Warming Network in Salem and are at work to recruit volunteers to keep this vital service going. Two locations will activate based upon temperature, one at Salem First Presbyterian and one at South Salem Friends Church. Twenty-five beds at the City-funded indoor warming duration shelter at 2640 Portland Road NE opened last month. About 60 beds at the City-funded indoor warming shelter at 3737 Portland Road NE open this month. Both are operated by Church @ the Park.

Week of November 8

  • One Hundred Micro-shelter Contributions: Community members, led by Salem resident Hazel Patton, adopted one hundred micro shelters through gifts of $5,000 apiece. This significant community contribution covers the cost of the 50 shelters in operation today and provides for 50 more at sites to be determined. Thank you!

  • Salem Warming Network: City grant funding provides for site stipends, staff coordination and other costs to address the life-saving work of providing warmth during cold nights. The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency leads the Salem Warming Network in Salem. Twenty-five beds at the City-funded indoor warming duration shelter at 2640 Portland Road NE opened last month; about 60 beds at the City-funded indoor warming shelter at 3737 Portland Road NE open this month, both are operated by Church @ the Park. The Navigation Center property at 2285 22nd Ave. SE is also planned for use with the Salem Warming Network.

  • Claggett Creek Natural Area: Staff will remove accumulated trash as soon as resources can be scheduled to do so. As more spaces are made unavailable for camping in our community, people living unsheltered are moving to other, less accessible areas.  Our street outreach team and Salem Housing Authority navigators regularly work to engage and connect people living in the Claggett Creek Natural Area to services and temporary emergency shelter.  Space is available in some area shelters.  However, our ability to require movement from public property is limited and at this time the space is not adequate to meet all demand, particularly for women or people needing lower-barrier temporary shelter services. After providing required notice, we will be able to help tow out abandoned vehicles at the edge of the natural area. We are at work to address the issues at this location. Stay tuned for updates.

  • Cleaning Up Accumulated Trash:  Last week, staff and contracted support moved the accumulated garbage at Marion Square Park, Rite Aid block, and Marion Parkade area.

Week of November 1

  • Safe Park Sites Sought. Do you own a parking lot in the City of Salem and want to help? The wait lists for safe park services far exceed current program capacity. There are currently 130 people on the waiting list, and only a dozen sites partnered with the program. Nonprofit staff support, a Parking Host, porta potties, liability insurance provision, and compensation for garbage disposal will be provided. Each spot can have up to 8 parkers, but 4-6 parkers is ideal per location. For more information, contact Jared Garson, Intern to Council President Chris Hoy, at [email protected]

  • Wallace Marine Park Update. Last Thursday, staff engaged with everyone in vehicles appearing to be residing at Wallace Marine Park.  Most individuals in the park during day hours confirmed they were aware and connected to available resources or, were using the park during the day, but parked at night at a Safe Park location.  Several vehicles were provided notice and will be removed this week, if they are still there and can't be moved on their own.

  • Cleaning Up Accumulated Trash.  This Thursday, staff and contracted support will take care of accumulated garbage at Marion Square Park, Rite Aid block, and Marion Parkade area.

  • Shelter Siting:

    • Catholic Community Services site now has 30 micro shelters with intent of opening indoor sheltering for warming purposes in early November for up to 60 persons.

    • Windows to the West. A new temporary shelter has come on the market that may work on the slope at the Windows to the West site (500 Commercial Street SE block).  We are ssessing feasibility of the site for a micro-shelter community.

    • Wallace Road Site.  The site is not feasible for micro shelter housing to serve those living without shelter in our community. The City initiated a wetland delineation study on the grassland portion of the site and found the grassland area has substantial wetlands. The City does not own enough space on the paved portion of the property to move forward with a micro shelter community at the site.

  • Cascades Gateway Park.  Restoration is needed to the restroom building, shelters, parking lot, trees, and greenspaces before the park can be re-opened to visitors.  Re-opening may occur by Memorial Day or Fourth of July.

Week of October 25, 2021

  • Cascades Gateway Park Clean Up.  Work continued last week at Cascades Gateway.  Remaining garbage is on the island in Worth Lake.  Restoration is needed to the restroom building, shelters, parking lot, and trees and greenspaces before the park can be re-opened to visitors.  Re-opening may occur by Memorial Day or Fourth of July.

  • Outreach continues.  With weather changing and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans for cleaning properties  adjacent to downtown, staff and partners are focusing outreach activities to those areas.  Next week, after notice and outreach, cleaning will transition to Wallace Marine Park.

  • ODOT has provided notice to campers in several Salem area sites with the intent to clean up the following areas:

    • ODOT plans to be in the vicinity of the Marion Street and Center Street bridges starting Tuesday, October 26, for two to three days to clean the areas and the bioswales along Front Street area.

    • Beginning November 1 for two days, ODOT plans to be cleaning up on Salem Parkway, north of Hyacinth, and at several areas along Interstate 5 to include:

      • I-5 at Hawthorne, near Hyacinth

      • I-5 at Portland Road

      • I-5 at Fisher Road

      • I-5 at Ridge Drive (Keizer)

    • We know ODOT is aware of other sites and is planning to conduct additional clean ups in November, notably behind the Interstate 5 sound wall at Mill Creek and at Shelton Ditch along 12th Street.  

    • Camping or Garbage Concern Portal.  We received 17 complaints this past week. We've been able to refer our service partners to several new sites.  The majority of complaints are associated with activity occurring on private property or State-owned property adjacent to freeways.  Several concerns were addressed last week by ODOT, such as the Court Street area. 

  • Shelter Siting

    • Windows to the West. A new temporary shelter has come on the market that may work on the slope at the Windows to the West site (500 Commercial Street SE block).  We are assessing feasibility of the site for  micro shelter community.

    • Wallace Road Site. Initial wetland delineation report suggests grassed area may not work for sheltering.  Assessing feasibility.

    • 13th and Rural is not a viable site for the City to purchase for this use.

    • Catholic Community Services site now has 30 micro shelters with intent of opening indoor sheltering for warming purposes as early as November 1 for up to 60 persons.

    • Many ideas for other sites are coming in from community members and the City is pursuing leads.

Week of October 18, 2021

  • Cascades Gateway Park Clean-up Continues.  250 Cubic Yards of debris was removed last week from the forested areas east and west of Mill Creek. This work continues this Thursday. 
  • Reports Portal.  We received 37 complaints this past week.  We've been able to refer our service partners to several sites that were new.  The majority of complaints are associated with activity occurring on private property or adjacent to freeways, which is owned by the State of Oregon.  
    • Private Property. We are providing information to private property owners regarding resources.
    • State of Oregon Property. Our coordination with Oregon Department of Transportation is ongoing. We are helping to share information with nonprofit and public sector service providers prior to  ODOT-led clean ups – anticipated upcoming clean ups include this coming Monday at the Marion Street/Center Street bridges and Front Street Bypass – another location anticipated but without a set date asyet is at Indian School Road and Chemawa, where ODOT is coordinating notice and clean-up with Oregon State Patrol.  Other sites are planned for posting in late October, with clean-up scheduled for November.
    • Other areas.  For some of the other areas, where the City could be the lead responder, cleaning resources may not be available until the Cascades Gateway clean up is complete.
  • Site Search. We appreciate the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Leadership Foundation for hosting conversation about microshelter sites  and are grateful for the number of people coming forward with location selections. We seek ¾ of an acre (or more) of flat non-wet land to consider for the placement of managed microshelter communities. If it is not currently in use, it is likely we are studying the possibility of its use to help meet our sheltering crisis.
    • Wallace. We are continuing conversations with area residents about site possibilities in West Salem and are awaiting further information regarding the grassland portion of this parcel. A wetland delineation study was ordered and we anticipate data by the end of the month.

Week of October 11,  2021

  • Portland and Kale Encampment.  Last week, navigators and street outreach partners were on site at the Portland/Kale Road area camp to help encourage campers to connect with other temporary shelter. Clean up occurred Thursday morning and the site was returned to the private property owner for future development.

  • Cascades Gateway Park Clean Up Continues. Work continues  in the forested areas east and west of Mill Creek through October. When complete, staff will turn to the more remote, forested areas of Wallace Marine Park.

  • Tracking and Responding to Camping Complaints. Staff are building a method to respond directly to individual complaints of camping within our community. Currently, complaints are coming into a multiple places, making it difficult to respond consistently, track the volume for a particular location, and share information about ongoing efforts in a particular area.

  • Updates on Shelter Sites:

    • The Windows to the West site at 500 Commercial Street SE block will revert to City use. The site’s size and slope make is unsuitable for sheltering use.

    • The Wallace site is in feasibility review, with no firm timeline for its use as sheltering with a preference for older women at the site.

    • At the Catholic Community Services site, safe park is up and running. Pallet shelters are added as they become available. The plan is to open indoor sheltering location for warming.

    • At the Hawthorne Avenue NE hotel program, Community Action Agency targets completing renovations and open the first floor November 1.

    • At 2640 Portland Road, the indoor shelter site for 20-25 individuals opened October 1.

The Yaquina Hall property transfer to Salem Housing Authority is scheduled to close on November 18. This property will add 52 one-bedroom affordable housing units, with 20% to those with serious or persistent mental illness provided wraparound services.

Week of October 4,  2021

  • Portland and Kale Encampment.  Last week, navigators and street outreach partners were on site at the Portland/Kale Road area camp to help encourage campers to connect with other temporary shelter.  Clean up occurred Thursday morning and the site was returned to the private property owner for future development.
  • Cascades Gateway Park Clean Up Continues.  Work continues  in the forested areas east and west of Mill Creek through October.  When complete, staff will turn to the more remote, forested areas of Wallace Marine Park.
  • Tracking and Responding to Camping Complaints.  Staff are building a method to respond directly to individual complaints of camping within our community.  Currently, complaints are coming into a multiple places, making it difficult to respond consistently, track the volume for a particular location, and share information about ongoing efforts in a particular area.
  • Updates on Shelter Sites:
    • Windows to West site at 500 Commercial St SE block will revert to City use.  The site's size and slope make is unsuitable for sheltering use.
    • Wallace site is in feasibility review, with no firm timeline for its use as sheltering with a preference for older women at the site.
    • At the Catholic Community Services site, safe park is up and running.  Pallet shelters are added as they become available.  The plan is to open indoor sheltering location for warming.
    • At the Hawthorne Ave. NE hotel program, Community Action Agency targets completing renovations and open the first floor November 1.
    • At 2640 Portland Road, the indoor shelter site for 20-25 individuals opened October 1.
    • The Yaquina Hall property transfer to Salem Housing Authority is scheduled to close on 11/18.  This property will add 52 one bedroom affordable housing units, with 20% to those with serious or persistent mental illness provided wraparound services.

Week of September 27,  2021

  • Portland and Kale Encampment.  This week, navigators will be on site at the Portland/Kale Road area camp.  Along with our street outreach partners, Salem Housing Authority will be encouraging campers to connect with other temporary shelter in advance of clean-up crews' arrival on Thursday morning. Resource and referral continues to be provided. There are about 84 vehicles in the area.
  • Cascades Gateway Park Clean Up Continues.  Staff expect to continue clean up through October, on the once-a-week pace within available resources.  Staff made significant progress on the east side of Mill Creek.  Work will continue in the forested areas east and west of Mill Creek throughout next month.  When complete, staff will turn to the more remote, forested areas of Wallace Marine Park.
  • Bicycle Repair Kits.  Staff are working with local bicycle shops to provide free bike repair kids to those living unsheltered in our community, particularly youth.  In some cases, bicycles may be the only available form of transportation to unsheltered youth.
  • Tracking and Responding to Camping Complaints.  Staff are building a method to respond directly to individual complaints of camping within our community.  Currently, complaints are coming into a multiple places, making it difficult to respond consistently, track the volume for a particular area, and share information about ongoing efforts in a particular area.

Week of September 20,  2021

  • At their September 27 meeting, the City Council will be asked to consider a new micro shelter site at a city-owned portion near the Wallace Park-n-Ride, a part of 2700 Wallace Road NW. 
  •  Conversations continue with property owners regarding potential siting for additional sheltering.
  •  Clean up at Cascades Gateway Park continues. 
  •  Other sheltering updates:
    • Throughout Salem, there are several scattered sites of smaller encampments with smaller amounts of trash. 
    • Portland Road/Kale property manager posted "no trespass" at site.  Further action at the site is pending property owner request to enforce trespass.  Navigators continue to encourage people to find alternate locations for shelter.  The property owner has not authorized camping in the area.
    • For our new site under the management of Church @ the Park, 3749 Portland Road, 30 micro shelters are being constructed; safe park services opened.
    • Construction is underway and first floor at ARCHES hotel site targets opening November 1. 

Week of September 14,  2021

  • Lancaster/Sunnyview.  We see an increase in camping at this location. Street outreach and navigator teams are connecting with those there to refer to alternative locations as this is not an approved location for sheltering. 
  • Portland Road/Kale.  Friday, site manager at property posted "no trespass" at site.  Further action at the site is pending property owner request to enforce trespass.  Navigators continue to encourage people to find alternate locations for shelter.  The property owner has not authorizing camping in the area.
  • Clean up work is ongoing at Cascades Gateway Park and Wallace Marine Park.
  • Other sheltering updates:

    • For our new site under the management of Church @ the Park, 3749 Portland Road, 30 micro shelters are being constructed; safe park services opened.
    • Construction is underway and first floor at ARCHES hotel site targets opening November 1.
    • Union Gospel Mission  is open and has shelter space available.
    • Weather changes may change people movements.
  • You can adopt a micro-shelter!
    • Learn more about micro-shelters at an event at the Riverfront Park Pavilion on Friday, September 17, from 2 – 7 pm, Saturday, September 18, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature samples of micro-shelters as part of an effort to encourage people to "adopt a shelter." The event is about showing the shelters and answering questions from passersby.
    • Learn more about micro-shelters in Salem.

Week of September 7, 2021

  • Downtown sidewalks
    • Liberty Rd. NE sidewalks retained cleanliness after having underwent sanitation and graffiti abatement earlier in the month
    • Marion Parkade sidewalks, adjacent to the parking garage, receive ongoing cleaning and sanitation
  •  Garbage removal from Cascades Gateway Park
    • Last Thursday September 2nd, a total of 180 cubic yards of garbage and debris (2 40 yard drop boxes, 2 garbage truck loads, 5 yards of metal) was removed from the park– that is equal to 15 heavy dump truck loads of garbage and debris
    • Cleaning at Cascades Gateway Park resumes this Thursday, September 9, working western and along the western side of Mill Creek.
  • Working toward solutions at other locations
    • Tents and improvised camp sites at the corner of Portland Road and Kale Road are not authorized by the property owner. We appreciate the efforts of community partners working with those who are there to find alternative solutions.
    • We are at work to identify solutions to successfully conclude shelter activity at this location.

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