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Providing help, hope, and housing equity in Salem since 1987

Our Story

About St. Francis Family Housing

St. Francis Family Housing is the largest unrestricted provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children under age 18 in Marion and Polk Counties. To better serve families, St. Francis Shelter also offers rental assistance to help families transition into safe, permanent housing.

Founded in 1987, St. Francis provides a safe place for families to heal and stabilize before finding permanent housing. And during our over 30 years in Salem, we’ve helped well over 1,000 families find safe, stable housing.

Our families come from many different backgrounds with many different barriers including domestic violence, substance abuse and recovery, economic instability, and increasingly simply being unable to afford their rent in Salem’s hyper-competitive housing market.

Families residing on our campus are a part of our St. Francis community. Families have access to a staff member 24/7 and also receive wraparound services and community resources. In addition, families have access to our all-weather accessible playground, our whole campus internet network, and our on-campus library program.

Who We Serve

St. Francis Family Housing provides several programs designed to help families needing housing help including transitional housing, and rental assistance.

Our services are available to families with children under age 18 living in Marion or Polk counties in Oregon.

Our transitional housing program provides fully furnished units for our families to recover and work on their individual barriers to housing.  Each family receives individualized case management services, one-on-one placement services with our Family and Housing Navigators, and access to the skills trainings and life-skills supports they need to find and secure safe, permanent housing.

Our low-barrier shelter program provides fully furnished apartments for families needing additional support to stabilize before securing housing or moving into our transitional housing program. Each family receives individualized case management services, one-on-one placements with our Family and Housing Navigators and access to the skills trainings and life-skills supports they need to move into other housing programs or to find and secure safe, permanent housing.

Our rental assistance programs work with families either on campus or in the community to help them secure safe, stable housing while providing case management services and other forms of wraparound and financial support to help families fully transition out of houselessness.

Over 90% of our families move into safe, permanent housing!

If you need housing help, please click the button below to fill out our online form or please reach out to us by phone at 503-588-0428.

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Team

Our Leadership Team

We are here to help your family

Kim Lemman

Executive Director

Jill Tucker

Operations Manager

Thresa West

Family Services Manager

Gabriella Cordy

Family and Housing Navigator

Mackenzie Kohler

Family and Housing Navigator

Our Board

Officers

  • Scott Daniels - Chair
  • Nicole Kennedy - Vice Chair
  • Aimee Steketee - Secretary
  • Marilyn Boman - Treasurer

Board Members

  • Suzanne Carey
  • Christopher J Casebeer
  • Jamie Diehl
  • Brena Moyer Lopez
  • Nate McCall
  • Toby McClary
  • Diana Ramallo
  • Bridget Welborn