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Track Progress on Homelessness Efforts

Addressing homelessness in Salem is a top priority for the community and the City Council. Here you will find weekly statistics and details about the calls we receive and the efforts being made. You can also explore the City's other housing and shelter information.

Week of Aug 29, 2022

  • Outreach teams continue to assist individuals in need. No two people have the same needs, and city staff continues to work with various agencies and non-profits to help determine what services may be required or available.
  • Building cooling resourcesARCHES’ Emergency Services Program continues to look for assistance and donations as temperatures rise, with donations of: Coolers, reusable ice packs, insulated bags and more. Visit ARCHES or email for more information.
  • Getting cooling resources to the people that need it: ARCHES’ outreach workers and other service providers, volunteers, and advocates are sharing information about the cooling resources and bringing them out to people who need them.

Working with Partner agencies/Organizations

Expanding Housing and Shelter

  • Salem’s plan to relocate 40 micro-shelters to 1280 Center continues to move forward as development of the land area (addition of power) and additional preparations are underway.
    • A grand opening for the Center St. micro-shelter with an opportunity for neighbors, supporters, and other interested parties to come and see the new site and to hear from staff about how the site will operate will be held Sept. 11, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Contact Church@thePark for more information.
  • On Aug 22, Salem City Council voted to re-allocate funds from the Front St. Safe Parking Project to the Turner Rd micro-shelter site. This site will hold 20 micro-shelters and house up to 40 individuals, ages 18-14.

Tentative Clean-Up Schedule (short-range)

We remain concerned for the health and safety of individuals living in, and the neighbors of, scattered sites throughout the city. The following locations are being discussed for upcoming clean-up/sanitization or follow-up outreach:

  • Cascades Gateway Park
  • Claggett Creek/Hyacinth St NE (pond area)
  • River Road Park NE (riverbank)
  • Geer Park (vehicles)

Regular monitoring (long-range)

Staff are aware and monitoring conditions of encampment activity regularly at and around:

  • Northgate,
  • Fisher Road Park,
  • Wolverine St NE,
  • Wallace Marine Park,
  • Cascades Gateway Park*

*The west side of Cascades Gateway Park has reopened to the public. This includes lake access and the disc golf course; however, the picnic areas, playground, and restrooms remain closed.  

Working with property owners

Staff continues to work with various agencies (State, county, and private landowners) to identify landowners and assist with ongoing issues:

  • Working with local business and partner agencies to address camping and waste.
  • Marion Square Park (surrounding area)
  • Pringle Creek/12th St Bridge

Response team (Salem Outreach & Livability Services team)

The newly formed 7- person response team continues to move forward. The SOS team now consists of a supervisor (to respond to community issues, lead/supervise the team), a public works coordinator, three sanitization crew members and two Salem police officers. The team is actively conducting clean-up operations, attending community meetings, and working with those in the unsheltered community to help find additional resources.

More information regarding the team is available by calling 503-588-6178.

Past Progress Reports

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