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    SILVERTONAPPEAL.COM ❚ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018 ❚ 3B
Prepping for Salem homeless count
Capi Lynn Salem Statesman Journal
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USA TODAY NETWORK
All year long, advocates and volunteers struggle to
put a face on the homeless crisis, humanizing the men,
women and children living on Salem's streets.
But today, for one day only, their sole objective will
be to turn everyone into a statistic.
A network of advocates and nonprofits, with help
from an army of volunteers, will conduct a homeless
count for Marion and Polk counties.
Teams of Statesman Journal reporters and photog-
raphers will tag along. We'll provide updates through-
out the day on StatesmanJournal.com. We hope you
tag along, too, as we begin to put a face on the home-
less in our community.
Through a series of images and stories this year, we
will shine a spotlight on our homeless crisis. We will
report on what is working in our community and what
is not. We will team up with experts to explain the
roots of the problem, how homelessness has changed,
and perhaps even offer some solutions.
It all starts with the annual “Point-in-Time” count,
which is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development for communities across the
country to be eligible for money for programs that ad-
dress homelessness.
The PIT count is locally coordinated and executed
on a single day/night. HUD requires it be done in the
last 10 days of January because it's the coldest time of
year and more people are likely to be seeking shelter,
giving communities a more accurate snapshot of
homelessness at its peak.
Information gathered helps our community secure
federal dollars, understand the causes and identify
gaps in current services.
The count is part of a formula HUD uses to award
grants through the Continuum of Care Program, which
is designed to promote a community-wide commit-
ment to the goal of ending homelessness.
“The better we’re able to count it, the better we’re
able to draw funding back to our area for more re-
sources to address a problem that is getting worse,”
said Jimmy Jones, program director of the nonprofit
Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.
Community Action and other agencies serving the
homeless in Marion and Polk counties rely on as much
as $900,000 annually in Continuum of Care grants.
The grants this year total about $880,000 and will
be divided between Community Action, Shangri-La
and Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network.
While that’s a huge chunk of change, it’s a relatively
small piece of the pie for each agency.
“HUD dollars are 10 percent of our budget,” Jones
said.
The funds have remained fairly steady despite a
fluctuation in the number of homeless people identi-
fied in Marion and Polk counties from year to year. The
count has ranged from 718 to 3,366 since 2007. The av-
erage during that span is more than 2,100.
Last year, 1,151 homeless people were counted.
A network of advocates and nonprofits, with help from an army of volunteers, will conduct a homeless count
for Marion and Polk counties. DANIELLE PETERSON/STATESMAN JOURNAL
Local organizers acknowledge the count is flawed,
but it’s a hoop they must jump through.
They say HUD’s parameters have changed over the
years and the methodology of collecting data has var-
ied. The weather, advance police sweeps, and the nat-
ural movement of the homeless population also have
contributed to the fluctuation.
Counting the homeless is a daunting task that will
be overseen by the Community Action’s ARCHES Pro-
gram.
“This is such a crazy, difficult thing to do,” lead orga-
nizer Diane Merry said. “We try to do a better job every
year, which makes it that much more work as we try to
get out to places like Mill City and Falls City.”
Merry has been with Community Action for 27
years. She's been involved with every count.
It's never difficult to round up volunteers to help,
but managing them is. More than 100 people have
signed up to assist on Wednesday and will be orga-
nized in teams and assigned to specific areas.
I was a volunteer for the count in 2009, and finding
homeless people was a challenge. They often move
from place to place, depending on the time of day and
the season, and they don’t always want to be found.
Volunteers undergo training and will be armed with
clipboards and survey forms. Each person counted will
be logged by the first letter of their first name, the first
three letters of their last name, and their date of birth
to ensure there is no duplication.
The one-page survey focuses on how long they've
been homeless, the causes of their homelessness, and
where they're staying now.
Mobile teams will hit the usual hotspots where the
homeless congregate, including Wallace Marine Park
and Cascades Gateway Park. They will canvass under
bridges, on riverbanks and in bushes and brambles.
Advocates have spread the word about the count,
offering incentives for people to come to designated
survey sites.
Thanks to a $5,000 grant from United Way of the
Mid-Willamette Valley, 185 sleeping bags, 100 tents,
450 pairs of socks and 300 metal water bottles will be
handed out at various locations.
clynn@StatesmanJournal.com, 503-302-4115, or
follow on Twitter @CapiLynn and Facebook @CapiL-
ynnSJ
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Review Body: Planning Commission
February 13th, 7:00 p.m.
Hearing Date & Time:
Hearing Location: Council Chambers, Silverton Community
Center; 421 South Water Street.
Agenda Item #1: File Number AN-17-03 & PA 17-04 & LA-17-03.
Annexation application to annex 685 Schemmel Lane and the ad-
jacent Taxlot 601W34BB 03600 into the City Limits and zone the
properties R-1, Single Family Residential with a concurrent
Property Line Adjustment request to shift the common property
line to the south by 12’ with a Partition application to Partition
Taxlot 061W34BB 03600 into three parcels with parcel 1 contain-
ing 9,028 square feet, parcel two containing 8,800 square feet, and
parcel 3 containing 10,356 square feet and parcel 3 being desig-
nated a duplex lot.. Located on the west side of Schemmel Lane
at 685 Schemmel Lane, Marion County Assessor’s Map
061W34BB, Tax Lots 03500 & 03600. The application will be re-
viewed following the criteria found in Silverton Development
Code sections 4.10.140, 4.3.210, & 4.3.140.
Agenda Item #2: File Number VR-18-01. Variance application
allow a Home Birthing Center in the R-1 zone at 301 Koons Street
by varying the home occupation standards to allow the use to op-
erate as a standalone use with no one residing in the dwelling
and to allow customers to visit the site after 7:00 p.m. The appli-
cation will be reviewed following the criteria found in Silverton
Development Code section 5.1.700.
All interested persons and the general public will be given an op-
portunity to be heard relative to the application either by submit-
ting material in writing to City Hall or providing oral testimony
at the Public Hearing. Failure of an issue to be raised in a hear-
ing, in person or by letter, or failure to provide enough detail to
afford the decision maker an opportunity to respond precludes
appeal to LUBA based on that issue. Additional information
and/or review of this application, including all documents and
evidence submitted, may be obtained at Silverton City Hall, 306
South Water Street, or by telephoning Jason Gottgetreu at (503)
874-2212. Copies of the staff report will be available seven (7)
days prior to the public hearing and are available for review at
no cost at City Hall, a copy can be provided on request at a rea-
sonable cost.
Silverton Appeal 1/31/2018
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Senior Center thanks
Care Fair participants
The Silverton Senior Center would like to say thanks
to: ComForCare, Wellness at Home, First Call, Provi-
dence Benedictine Home Health, New Horizons, Home
Instead, North West Senior & Disability Services, Ore-
gon Care Partners, Oregon Home Care Commission,
Senior Helpers for Participating in the Care Fair at the
Silverton Senior Center. Also, thanks to Avamere,
Wellness at Home, Brookstone Memory Care, Country
Meadows, Bristol Hospice, Mt. Angel Towers, Silver-
ton's Dodgeball Group-Erica Rumpca & Mindy Duerst,
Rose Hope, and Donna Wada for donating freebies
and helping out to make this event so successful,
educational and fun!
Dodie Brockamp, Executive Director
Silverton Senior Center
 
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