Tag Archives: Homeless/Homelessness

Homelessness in Oregon Continues to Rise, HUD Reports

The annual homelessness snapshot from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was released last week, and it paints a sorry picture for the state of Oregon. According to HUD’s point-in-time estimates, the state’s homeless population has increased by 9.7 percent since 2018. Furthermore, the data suggests that homelessness began increasing rapidly around 2012-2013, […]
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HUD’s Annual Snapshot of Homelessness in America Shows Oregon’s Total Increased By 9.7 Percent Since 2018

The annual study’s numbers are sourced from a one-night inventory taken each January. Oregon had the eighth steepest state increase in homelessness this year. Source: HUD’s Annual Snapshot of Homelessness in America Shows Oregon’s Total Increased By 9.7 Percent Since 2018

Homeless told to leave Capitol grounds after establishing camp in protest

Salem homeless followed up on a plan to set up tents on the state Capitol grounds in protest after being displaced from downtown under a camping ban passed by the City Council earlier this month. About 25 people with about a dozen tents occupied the park before Oregon State Police and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department officials arrived Monday morning. Source: […]
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Homeless campers cleared from Oregon Capitol Mall

State parks staff and Oregon State Police troopers told campers they cannot stay at State Capitol State Park after it closed at 10 p.m. every night. Salem leaders, meanwhile, search to lease a building as a low-barrier shelter. Source: Homeless campers cleared from Oregon Capitol Mall | Salem Reporter | News about Salem – In-depth, […]
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Impeachment | Salem Camping | David Guterson – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Earlier this month Salem city council voted to ban tent camping within the city. The ban goes into effect today, and police have already been warning homeless campers to find somewhere else to stay. Kristen Retherford, Salem’s Urban Development Director, and Jimmy Jones, Executive Director of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, tell us about […]
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Salem reconsiders homeless camping as ‘stopgap’ until 90-day shelter

Salem officials reconsidered allowing sanctioned homeless tent camping, possibly at West Salem’s Wallace Marine Park, according to two sources familiar with the talks. The move came after Salem First Presbyterian Church opted out of a proposal to provide a warming shelter open every night at its church from January through the end of March. Source: Salem reconsiders homeless camping as […]
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Homelessness increased 2.7 percent in 2019, HUD says

Homelessness increased by 2.7 percent since 2018, driven by major increases in California, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Source: Homelessness increased 2.7 percent in 2019, HUD says | TheHill

Courtney calls for state funding to build shelters in Salem

The Senate leader told Salem Reporter he’ll seek at least $3 million in response to a dearth of shelters in the city. “It’s clear we are woefully in need. Woefully,” he said. Lawmakers convene in February. Momentum to build more shelters in Salem could be in for a powerful push. Source: Courtney calls for state […]
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Salem needs ‘navigation center’ for homeless, state-backed report said

Navigation centers are permanent, low-barrier shelters that allow people to bring their spouses, pets and possessions. The report suggested the state help pay for one in Salem. Source: Salem needs ‘navigation center’ for homeless, state-backed report said | Salem Reporter

Salem homeless plan Oregon Capitol protest as camping ban goes into effect

Members of a Salem homeless encampment plan to stage a protest at the Oregon Capitol as a citywide camping ban leaves them few places to go. Source: Salem homeless plan Oregon Capitol protest as camping ban goes into effect