Salem Ends ‘Park Camping’ Program | Local News
SALEM, OR (KPTV) – The city of Salem is ending its Park Camping program for homeless people and is now working on accommodation options.
Campers were cleaned up at Wallace Marine Park on Thursday with work crews, police and heavy machinery. In January, Salem City Council declared a housing emergency. The council approved overnight camping in the unincorporated areas of two parks, Wallace Marine and Cascade Getaway, for the two locations that ended just a few days ago, on June 1.
Each park had around 200 tents and now a city spokesperson says their goals are to bring back the original use of the parks and environmental compliance. They told FOX 12 that there have been outreach efforts for campers for months. Now workers move around 10 to 15 tents a day.
With a lack of shelter, the city is working on options like finding vacant land and unlet buildings. Earlier this year, the city set up a community of pallet shelters run by a nonprofit that it says has been successful.
In a few weeks, the council will consider a budget change of $ 3 million to pay for managed outdoor campsites, a year of spending for an indoor shelter, and money for the conversion of a new hotel shelter.
The city also got a $ 5 million grant for an ongoing navigation center. This will help with things like health needs and getting permanent housing.
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