The survey also said that, "When asked in an open-ended format what issue is most important for city leaders to address, 21% mentioned an issue relating to housing or homelessness. This is a 13 percentage point increase since this question was asked in May 2016."
The survey results
Salem has a new mayor. According a recent interview with him on KMUZ's Willamette WakeUp and the Statesman Journal, our new mayor is thinking of creating a commission on homelessness. Does Salem need another commission? Can such a commission replace, enhance or coordinate any of these existing and nascent organizations?
- Rural Oregon Continuum of Care (ROCC) - sponsored by HUD CoC Program area grantees; 2 hrs monthly (+ committees)
- ROCC Region 7 - sponsored by MWVCAA; 2 hrs monthly
- Marion/Polk Community Network for Veterans - sponsored by MWVCAA; monthly
- Emergency Housing Network (EHN) - sponsored by Salem Housing Authority and UGM; 1 hr monthly, originally a committee of Marion and Polk's CoC, now for area homeless housing and related service providers
- Salem Housing Advisory Committee (SHAC) - sponsored by City of Salem; 1 hr monthly
- 6 Polk Service Integration Teams (SITs) - sponsored by Polk Co, Salem Health, School District; each 2 hrs monthly, all community service providers
- Marion Service Integration Teams - Northwest Human Services, Salvation Army, Shangri-La and Salem Health have all expressed serious interest in forming a Salem SIT; a planning meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2017.
- Salem Homeless Coalition (SHC) - sponsored by St Mark Lutheran Church; 1 hr monthly
- Home Base Shelters of Salem (HBSS) - supported by MWVCAA; meetings of the board of directors vary
- Salem Urban Development Community Services and Housing Commission (CSHC) - sponsored by City of Salem; 1-2 hrs monthly
- Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative Task Force (MWHITF) - sponsored by Marion County and Cities of Keizer and Salem (formerly involved Polk County); 2 hrs monthly through February 2017
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Salem's Ward 1 has a new councilor. She also takes an interest in homelessness, but her interest, according to the Statesman Journal, is in "tackling homelessness in the downtown area", taking "action as opposed to planning for a silver bullet solution." What "action" does she have in mind? What did she mean by "silver bullet solution"? Does she intend to take action through existing organizations such as the CSHC? Is she talking with the mayor about his homelessness commission idea?