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Report: Salem spends more than $5 mil yearly on homelessness

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem spends more than $5.2 million a year on issues related to homelessness, according to estimates in a draft city report.

The Statesman Journal reports that most of the costs are incurred by the Salem Police Department, which is estimated to spend nearly $4.7 million on an annual basis dealing with issues related to homelessness.

The assessment has been circulated to the mayor, councilors and city manager.

Salem city councilors are poised to institute a ban on camping and leaving personal belongings unattended on sidewalks next month, but they stopped short of a ban on sitting and lying on public sidewalks.

Government / News / Oregon-Northwest

The Associated Press



  1. I bet the monies spent goes up significantly next year. COME ON IN everyone!!! Governor KATE will take care of ALL of you, whether legally in the United States or not. Actually you might want to thank Governor Kate Brown in person. You can find her – – – anywhere that YOU are not.

  2. As Governor Kate raised the costs of living here in Oregon on ALL taxpayers and native Oregonians, just think Governor Kate? You will be forcing more true Oregonians out of their homes and off their farms and ranches. You should run for President, Ms. Brown. I know that the Democrat party loves you and you might just win.

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