Listed below are entries from the UUCS congregation, expressing their opinion about the topic at hand. If you would like to share your opinion, click the button below to fill out a form. You can either type your thoughts directly into the form or attach a document. All submissions are reviewed by UUCS Editors to ensure that the communication complies with our Covenant of Respectful Relations and the Communications Media Policy.

Need to address liability questions

Ann Moore

I have two concerns: 1. While HHV addressed the question of liability in responding to one of the concerns, there is no language about resolving liability issues in the resolution. I feel that we should have a more binding agreement to resolve liability issues during … read more.

Agree that this project is needed

Cindy Francis

I agree wholeheartedly with John Prohodsky’s comments. This project is needed now more than ever. From my understanding the women will be high functioning individuals. Hood House has been operation for several months now and things have been going well. There have been problems but … read more.

Comments on concerns about the proposed transitional housing

John Prohodsky

HHV’s proposed transitional transition living center for 5 women is one of the few concrete steps I know of to help the homeless. Instead of finding ways why it can’t work we should be working to make it work. Yes, emergency housing is a high … read more.

We’re not ready–UUCS needs future plans before we consider any proposal.

Susan Farris-Gosser

Homelessness is a huge problem in the Salem area and in our country. HHV is to be lauded for its efforts to create solutions to alleviate the suffering of people without homes. To that end, HHV has proposed a Farm House which they would site … read more.

Support the idea, have some concerns…

Julianne Patton

Although I support, in general, the Farmhouse idea, I have concerns about it and some thoughts:
— The on-site manager is intended to be part-time and volunteer (for the first 3 years). The lack of a 24/7 professional manager is concerning because, human nature being … read more.

The bus is not that far

Jack Tally

There has been much discussion around the location of HHV’s transitional housing for women and the access to city services. However, if you look closely, a bus runs not more that .4 miles away on Royalty Dr. and Center. This bus runs 6 days per … read more.

We should help out with ongoing services in town

Becky Harrison

I agree with Megan and Joan. Our time, money, and people are critical in helping the homeless, but not by creating a liability for an unmonitored place for women who need to be in town where they can reach needed assistance. I have experienced helping … read more.

Some of my concerns…

Megan Roller

One of my concerns is that the building will be cohabitated by multiple women at once, yes they will be vetted and such, but there will no be any onsite facilitator at the location 24/7/ As someone who spend 2 months in a transitional house … read more.

Summary of Facts and Concerns from the UUCS Board

Christine Ertl, Board Chair

The UUCS Board of Directors has been working for over two years with the Habitat and Hope Village (HHV) board of directors on their vision of reducing the crisis of homelessness in Salem. HHV is asking to negotiate a land use agreement with UUCS for … read more.

What is the best way for UUCS to most effectively use our energy and resources to improve the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness in Salem?

Joan Stembridge

The problem of homelessness in Salem is of catastrophic proportions, and I fully support UUCS enhancing our role in reducing the problem.

I want to thank the Habitat and Hope Village (HHV) Board for its enduring commitment to those who are living unsheltered in our community … read more.