Salem has tripled the number of emergency shelter beds in the past five years amid growing concerns from citizens and city leaders about homelessness. But high housing costs, drug abuse and temporary funding remain challenges to tackling the problem.
Since 2018, Salem nonprofits and the city have worked to more than triple the number of shelter beds available for homeless residents. Here’s a look at what’s available.
Sewell Sweets, a bakery which has had a downtown storefront for about nine months, suffered a smashed window and furniture damage from a bar fight that sent two people through their side window Saturday night.
Salem’s Navigation Center, a low-barrier shelter for chronically homeless people, is housing 42 people three months after opening.
On the hottest days of the year so far, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency sent teams out to provide water, Gatorade, cool rags and sunscreen.
Church at the Park has expanded its sheltering services over the past year under contracts with the city of Salem. But city money to pay for the programs runs out in June 2024, while a new tax that would help cover operations is headed to Salem voters.
Salem is forecasted to have highs in the 100s next week from Sunday through Wednesday, prompting health advisories and a citywide burn ban.
Peter Courtney joined a crowd of hundreds Thursday to celebrate the near-completion of the YMCA veteran housing project that bears his name. Apartments will open in January.
After three years of hosting the triathlon, Travel Salem and Ironman 70.3 have agreed to bring the race back to Salem for another five years, boosting the local economy.
Marion County officials announced last fall they intended to start up a mobile team to respond to people in mental health crisis. But they’ve been unable to hire mental health professionals to launch the program.