“A Safe Place for Families”

Welcome to the St. Francis Shelter website.


St. Francis Shelter has provided homeless families in the Salem area with  transitional housing since 1987. Our goal is to help our clients move out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. Our mission is to provide safe,  transitional housing for families with children by working in solidarity to recognize their innate worth and dignity.

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
(503) 588-0428

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