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UPDATES: Salem Health seeks applications for community grants

8 months ago

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Budget rebalance sends extra cash to Salem and surrounding areas


Homeless shelter Salem Oregon (File/Salem Reporter)

On Thursday, the Oregon Senate signed off the the rebalance of the state budget. Normally, a hum-drum legislative affair, this time, lawmakers have set aside additional money for some of the Salem area's most pressing problems. 

THE ISSUE: Communities across the state are still struggling with the aftermath of last year’s wildfires as well as the ongoing effects of the Covid pandemic and the state’s housing crisis. 

THE BILL: House Bill 5042

WHAT IT DOES: The bill includes additional funding aimed at addressing these ongoing challenges, with money set aside specifically for the Salem area. It dedicates an additional $1.1 million to help communities in the Santiam Canyon rebuild from the wildfires. 

The bill includes $5 million to help Salem build its long-sought-after navigation center, a low-barrier shelter that’s been part of the city’s plan to address homelessness. 

Additionally, the bill spends $250 million for the Summer Learning and Child Care Package, which will fund summer school, early learning, wraparound child care services and other programs.

WHY IT WAS PROPOSED: The Oregon Legislature needs to rebalance its two-year state budget. It’s usually a routine act that makes technical adjustments and changes spending levels. 


Sen. Brian Boquist, I-Dallas: No

Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem: Yes

Sen. Fred Girod, R-Lyons: Yes

Sen. Deb Patterson, D-Salem: Yes

Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer: Excused

The bill passed the House on April 1 on a 55-0 vote. 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: It goes to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature. 

-Jake Thomas

8 months ago

Salem Budget Committee meets April 14

Learn how Salem is going to pay for city services as the Budget Committee considers City Manager Steve Powers’ proposed budget for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, April 14.

The committee, which is comprised of the Mayor, City Council and residents, will consider budget proposals Wednesday evenings until May 5.

The proposed $657 million budget presents “an optimistic plan for recovery from the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal CARES and American Rescue Plan Acts offer an opportunity to stabilize the FY 2022 budget,” according to a city news release.

How to participate:

People can provide written testimony to the committee by emailing [email protected]. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and be streamed live on YouTube.

-Saphara Harrell

8 months ago

Salem Health seeks applications for community grants

Salem Health employees file into a groundbreaking ceremony on the asphalt lot slated to become a new hospital building opening in 2022. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Community groups focused on improving health in Marion or Polk counties could get up to $30,000 from Salem Health.

The health care provider is accepting applications for community investment grants, with funds to be awarded in the summer.

According to their website, Salem Health is looking to support projects in three areas: behavioral health, particularly teen suicide prevention; reducing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; and improving housing and access to health care.

Applications opened April 5 and are due by May 7. More information and applications are available on the Salem Health website.

-Rachel Alexander