“A Safe Place for Families”
Welcome to the St. Francis Shelter website.
In the fiscal year 2010-11, St. Francis housed 43 families for a total of 3,781 nights/10,880 shelter nights. Forty-seven adults and 78 children lived at St. Francis during that time, and 66 percent of the children were under the age of 8.
Each family lives in a fully-furnished, self-contained one- or two-bedroom apartment. Families staying at the shelter are responsible for purchasing their own food and clothing and must demonstrate that they are working towards securing permanent housing and/or employment, and are completing any court-ordered treatment and/or classes while they are here.
A portion of our apartment units are set aside as low-income rentals. This provides the opportunity for some shelter clients to transition to self-support, provides much-needed affordable housing to people on limited incomes, and also provides rental income for shelter operations.
In addition to transitional housing, current services offered by St. Francis include:
Professional Case Management (PCM): PCM is provided for each family including financial management, savings program, community resource referrals, parenting and child development as well as employment coaching and assistance with securing permanent housing.
Library: The library is staffed during after-school hours by volunteers who engage the children in arts and crafts projects, read to them, tutor them and generally provide a safe environment for them to have “kid time.”
St. Francis Shelter
1820 Berry Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302