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Left with few options, the Salem City Council reconsiders banning sitting, lying on sidewalks

Salem city officials have been grappling with how to deal with the persistent, visible homeless problem downtown. They scrapped ideas to locate a shelter in a residential neighborhood, couldn’t find a suitable location for a temporary, low -barrier shelter and most recently flirted with the idea of partially repealing the[Read More…]

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…]