Salem’s Navigation Center, a low-barrier shelter for chronically homeless people, is housing 42 people three months after opening.
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Despite multiple funding requests, Salem legislators failed to secure long-term funding for the navigation center and micro shelters during the last week of the 2023 legislative session.
The city of Salem has invested millions of dollars into the navigation center, which promises to fill a missing link in vital services for people who are homeless. City leaders are banking on state help to keep the long-awaited center running.
The temporary shelter will allow 75 people to get treatment and prepare to move out directly into housing. The navigation center’s longtime future is uncertain as the city hasn’t publicly identified funding beyond two years.
The center is intended to be a temporary shelter for 75 people to receive treatment and prepare to move out directly into housing. Some services at the long-awaited facility won’t come until after its opening due to supply chain issues.
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.