A warehouse renovation will add space for 32 parents and children to sleep at Church at the Park’s family micro shelter site in northeast Salem.
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With a commercial kitchen planned to open next fall, Church at the Park hopes to bring its food services in-house and provide young shelter residents with commercial food training to bolster their resumes.
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.
The Salem City Council voted Monday to spend $750,000 in state money to open a new micro shelter site for young adults on southeast Turner Road by December.