Be Part of the Solution to Eliminate Homelessness
Salem residents are familiar with the growing numbers of their neighbors who are homeless. In a 2019 survey, 41% of citizens said homelessness/poverty was the number one issue the city needed to handle, up from about 8% only three years earlier.
According to homeless advocates, about 1,800 Salem residents are living on the streets ― a number likely to grow as the economic effects of the pandemic play out. As shelter space is limited, so is the ability of area churches that often open their doors as warming spots on freezing winter nights.
Habitat & Hope is working to offer something more permanent: a group home and a village with micro cabins that will offer transitional housing and a path to permanent housing.
Everyone who has the capacity to care has the capacity help.
Working to End Homelessness
A Twenty Person Village
- A Women’s Shelter of Hope -
- Currently unhoused,
- Be willing to live in accordance with the HHV Community Agreement,
- Be willing and able to participate in the day to day life and governance of the HHV facility,
- Must be 18 years of age or older and be willing to work on personal barriers that are preventing
Habitat & Hope Village, Micro Estates - Salem, Oregon
What is Habitat & Hope Village?
Habitat & Hope Village (HHV) is building transitional micro-housing communities in Salem, Oregon. When completed, the “Village” will have up to 20 micro-cabins, each 64-square-feet in size, supported by common cooking, gathering, restrooms and laundry facilities.
A smaller project named “A Women’s Shelter of Hope”, will house single women in danger of falling into street homelessness, and is currently the project in progress. The Village and the Women’s Shelter both have a rule and structure based program, agreed to by its participants with oversight and support from nonprofit groups, community volunteers, local governmental agencies, and faith-based organizations. Guests must actively work to remove the barriers keeping them from moving into permanent housing to remain in the program.
How did HHV get started?
A group of concerned citizens saw a need and came together to develop a plan to help homeless people in the community transition into permanent housing. We are willing to work with the entire Salem and surrounding communities to better the lives of our homeless neighbors.
What about location, permitting and zoning?
Locating and acquiring acceptable property is one for the more difficult hurdles in the development process. For “A Women’s Shelter of Hope”, we have a potential location identified and are working on a possible land lease agreement with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, Oregon.
What is the criteria and process for becoming an HHV Guest?
In order to be admitted to HHV facilities, all applicants must be:
A “Coordinated Entry System” will be used by Salem’s ARCHES Project, an organization within the wards of
the Mid Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, that provides referral and services to the homeless, or those at risk of becoming homeless. A “Vi-SpDat" entry score of between 0-6, on a scale of 0-16, matches potential clients that will live in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by Habitat & Hope Village. Clients must agree to actively work towards transitioning into permanent housing.
What does it mean to be rule-based governed and managed?
Rule-based governance is a core value of HHV and the success of the program rests on the participation of those who live there. Clients are expected to complete at least 10 volunteer hours a month to the community and attend a weekly HHV Council Meeting. During these meetings, clients and staff will discuss issues of common interest and recommend policies and procedures for operating and managing the facilities. Ongoing oversight and support will be coordinated by nonprofit groups as well as community volunteers and faith-based organizations. Case managers will provide professional support services to each client.
access to permanent housing.
We have done our Homework!
Habitat & Hope has created a manual for homeless resources in Oregon and Washington. Thirty-two people representing 22 different programs from Eugene, Salem, Carlton, Clackamas, Portland and Olympia, Washington, were interviewed.
The programs included both direct-service and those providing supporting services. Interviews explored all aspects of the programs, including planning and design, facility design, program operation, client identification and selection, case management, administrative operations and finance.
Habitat & Hope has used this information to develop best practices for program management, operations, facilities design and ongoing property maintenance.
What are Habitat & Hope’s greatest needs and how can I contribute?
The success of HHV depends on ongoing support from the surrounding community. To help financially, please consider becoming a “Habitat & Hope Sustainer” with a monthly donation or gift cards from local building supply stores. Sponsorship of a housing unit or or individual HHV guest is also possible. Contribute thru GoFundMe and Amazon Smile web sites.
If you have specific ideas for how you could contribute your time and skills or need additional information on how to assist Habitat & Hope financially, please contact us:
Habitat & Hope Village Inc.
Micro Estates of Salem, Oregon
5090 Center Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97317
5090 Center Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97317
Habitat & Hope Village Inc. is an Affiliated Ministry of the
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, Oregon
and is a registered Non Profit 503(c)3 Organization.
People who are homeless are not a homogenous population. Individuals and families who wind up homeless may not share much in common with each other, aside from the fact that they are extremely vulnerable, lack adequate housing, income, and access to necessary support networks to ensure they stay housed. The causes of homelessness may have many reasons, including support system failures and individual circumstances.
Homelessness is usually the result of the cumulative impact of a number of factors, rather than a single cause. The result is living on the streets or in “Homeless Camps”. Each time a “Homeless Camp” is uprooted, there is a loss of continuity of care and services to the homeless individuals. Considerable efforts that our community service providers have put into the problem is lost. Habitat & Hope believes transitional housing should be an integral part to housing the homeless. Help us build safe and secure transitional facilities so our homeless neighbors can regain their independence and contribute back to the community.
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