One of Salem’s largest shelters for homeless women is set to nearly triple its capacity by the end of the year.
A family of six received an AC unit to make their new apartment more comfortable after staying in the Family Promise shelter program for six months.
Salem leaders say a rule against sitting or lying on sidewalks during the day was never enforced because the city needed to first expand daytime shelter. Officials and service providers expect to see little change to public camping with the ban now lifted.
An Oregon State Hospital nursing building remodeled into 52 affordable apartments may open around two weeks late after power to Yaquina Hall was shut off on April 17.
Decisions will be made this week on using state funding to add 79 shelter beds and help 158 households settle into permanent housing in Marion and Polk Counties. The Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance is making the awards.
The former nursing building at the Oregon State Hospital has been remodeled into 52 affordable apartments, with 20 set aside for people with serious and persistent mental illness.
In his first State of the City speech, Salem Mayor Chris Hoy spoke of new beginnings and listed the city’s efforts in addressing homelessness, housing and public safety.
An influx of state funding will cover two years of shelter operations and the purchase of the former Capital Inn & Suites in Northeast Salem, which the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency bought on Wednesday.
The legislation would extend eviction timelines and require new housing goals for cities.
Federal and state funding will help transform the former Evergreen Church on Northeast Cottage Street into 17 downtown apartments for Salem-area veterans and services for those coming out of homelessness.