By Sarah Owens and Michael Livingston
|Salvation Army Majors Dan and Kim Williams|
During their time here in Oregon, the Williamses were "all about kids", to the point that they were willing to break from TSA's temperance movement roots last year to participate in an invitation-only, $100-a-plate fundraising event at Zenith Vineyards to benefit their youth programs. See "News from the Continuum" (16 May 2018).
The Williamses also may be remembered for closing TSA's transitional housing program about a year after they arrived, turning the Lighthouse Shelter into emergency overnight shelter, and raising the bar to admission to what some have called a "saints only" standard. See "News from the Continuum" (19 August 2017).
The Williamses also may be remembered for "ditching" the plan to put a family shelter on Water Street and the unfulfilled promise to build the "William Booth Family Housing" project adjacent to the Kroc Center. See "News from the Continuum" (6 October 2018).
What happens now to the Salem Keizer Collaboration, "launched" last October, remains to be seen. See "TSA Launches Salem Keizer Collaboration." As the project does not appear to have the approval of the national office (no reference to SKC on the local TSA website, and no reference to TSA on SKC banners, flyers, etc.), it might need to find a new home.
|TJ Putman with Family Promise|
Family Promise was awarded several hundred thousand dollars in HUD Continuum of Care Program grants in 2017 and 2018 to serve chronically homeless families, but the program got off to a slow start because there are just not that many chronically homeless families. If you think about what it means to be chronically homeless and what takes to keep a family together, this seems kind of obvious. The Lane County chart below illustrates the reality.
|Chronically homeless families counted in Lane County in 2014, courtesy Lane County|
As the City's HOME Program funding was under-subscribed by a couple hundred thousand, the City Council directed staff to put out a request for proposals. Expect these funds to be spent on some small rehab/repair project.
The City Manager's May 15 "update" recognized Code Enforcement Officer Megan Gorham for taking a harm-reduction approach to her work (albeit without referring to it as such).
Finally, the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department has hired a new Homeless Services Section Manager: