Author: Troy Brynelson - Salem Reporter

Emails shed light on city hall’s scramble to find shelter solutions for homeless after camping ban

City Manager Steve Powers responds to questions from the a crowd of neighbors in January at Pringle Community Hall. The city later scrubbed plans to turn the hall into an emergency homeless shelter through the end of March. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) The pressure to deal with downtown homeless camps in[Read More…]

Why Salem leaders, weeks into a search for homeless shelters, walked away from new beds

Councilor Tom Andersen responds to questions from the a crowd of neighbors at Pringle Community Hall. Salem City Council on Tuesday walked away from plans to turn the hall into an emergency homeless shelter. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) For the past six weeks, Salem officials and nonprofit leaders have had one[Read More…]

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AGENDA: Marion County to discuss second mobile crisis unit for mental health

Marion County building in downtown Salem (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) Marion County added a second mobile crisis team to its ranks last summer and, on Wednesday, will discuss retroactively approving the contract. Crisis units take calls from 9-1-1 dispatch that involve mental health components, according to the Marion County[Read More…]

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AGENDA: Sheriff’s Office contracts heading before Marion County Commissioners

Marion County Courthouse (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) A couple of contracts involving the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will headline the Marion County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Wednesday. First up is whether to accept a contract that would pay the law enforcement agency $250,000 over a multi-year contract to[Read More…]