Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek is asking the state Legislature to quickly spend $130 million to build 600 shelter beds, keep 9,000 families housed and help 1,200 homeless people find shelter statewide.
The Salem City Council voted Monday night to create a volunteer award in honor of homeless advocate Lisa Letney, who died in November. To her family, it was a moment of joy amid grief.
At the Center for Hope and Safety, the average shelter stay length for domestic violence survivors has tripled over the past year because of the time needed to find an apartment.
57% of respondents said they were satisfied with services provided by the city, a decrease from 70% in 2021.
Lisa Letney, an outspoken advocate for people who are homeless in Salem, died on Nov. 7 leaving behind a legacy of leading with empathy.
About 15,000 people have no stable shelter in Oregon, data shows.
With a mayoral transition upcoming, Salem wasn’t asked to participate in a statewide group of mayors advocating for guaranteed state funding for homelessness. But Mayor Chris Hoy says the proposal is a good one.
A coalition of Oregon mayors is asking for ongoing state money to address the crisis.
Sen. Kim Thatcher and Keizer attorney Richard Walsh are seeking the seat representing north Salem and Keizer.
The city-funded program started in 2017 tried to house chronically homeless Salemites in private rentals, but city leaders say it’s no longer needed as more housing projects have been added in the city in recent years.