Responding to Sheltering in Public Spaces

Addressing homelessness in Salem is a top priority for the community and the City Council. Here you will find updates on the efforts being made by the City, Salem Housing Authority, and our community partners. You can also explore the City’s other housing and shelter information.

March 11, 2024

Salem Outreach and Livability Services (SOS)

The SOS Team continues direct outreach to those living unsheltered, to share resources and alternative options to assist property owners with those who may be trespassing on private property, and to pick up trash where it can be easily accessed. Working alongside outreach, specialized law enforcement teams, and other partners, residents should see a focused response to conditions in the following areas:

  • Wallace Marine Park
  • Hawthorne between Market and Sunnyview NE
  • Under the Liberty St. SE bridge
  • Parking lot property off of Lancaster Dr. SE near multiple locations

Expanding Housing and Shelter

  • Salem Housing Authority was recognized by the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance as the first agency statewide to use resources from the Governor’s Emergency Order to assist people with rapid rehousing. Their work continues to access housing for those who qualify.
  • Salem Housing Authority’s Sequoia Crossings has opened, and residents are moving into its 60 new units. Referrals for the program are coming from temporary emergency shelters.
  • The Safe Parking Network partners with local communities to provide legal parking spaces on their property for those who are unsheltered to stay in their vehicle overnight. C@P’s goal is to help transition those in our Safe Parking program to permanent housing as quickly as possible. Call 971-375-7491 or email .

Day center resources for day services

  • ARCHES day center is open Wednesday through Sunday at 615 Commercial Street NE
  • HOAP (Homeless Advocacy Outreach) at 694 Church Street NE is open during the day from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Closed 1:00-2:00 p.m. Window Services 2:00-4:00 p.m. (mail, hygiene items, bathrooms and other services).  Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-noon. On Mondays, brunch is only available to women and nonbinary folks. Mondays are women and nonbinary days from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The ROCC (Recovery Outreach Community Center) offers activities and allows access to a microwave for snacks to eat there. ROCC is open Wednesday through Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Tuesday, noon to 5:00 p.m., at 1190 Broadway St. NE, and offers transportation to a church with showers on Tuesdays.
  • Kindness Closet is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each Tuesday and offers ARCHES’ shower truck, a hot meal, coffee, cold drinks, desserts, and a bag lunch to go. They are hosted by the Grace Community Church at 4105 Lancaster Dr. NE.
  • The Oak Park Church of God hosts a wellness table each Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The table includes a meal, a partnership with the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency for a shower truck visit and other community partners. The location is 2990 Lancaster Dr. NE