Community Recovery

& Wellness Living

Housing is a critical social determinant of health and the community, along with Oregon as a whole, is experiencing high rates of rental burden and a limited supply of housing.


Homeless in Marion & Polk Counties


Chronically Homeless Individuals


Of Homeless Are Under the Age of 24


Of Homeless Identify as Veterans

Housing Crises

In 2018, residents of Independence, Salem, Stayton, and Woodburn identified “lack of affordable housing” as a key theme during all townhall sessions held to inform the 2019 CHA. About half of community members who rent experience rental burden, which means they pay 30% or more of their gross household income on rent. Community members believe that the lack of affordable housing is contributing to homelessness.

In 2019, it was estimated that 1,095 community members were homeless. About 3% of K-12 students during the 2016-2017 school year were homeless or in an unstable housing situation. “The experience of housing-insecurity, defined as high housing costs, poor housing quality, unstable neighborhoods, overcrowding, and especially homelessness, places children at risk of ACE exposure” (National Health Care for the Homeless Council).

We act together

An active community

Underlying inequity in our economic system.

Lack of affordable housing.

The high number of unsheltered homeless people.

Become a volunteer

Become a volunteer, and you will join a team of devoted individuals working to address the homelessness crises in our communities.


    “It takes a society to combat homelessness, and a strong nation to fight poverty.”

    Our approach

    What we do

    CRAWL is a nonprofit organization that helps people navigate local resources that address many individual needs connected to the social determinants of health. We help people connect with services that help with the following:

    Housing / Homelessness
    Food / Meal Assistance
    Clothing & Essentials
    Medical Care & Mental Health Services

    Working together, we can make a better community for everyone

    If you would like to contribute to CRAWL, through either a monetary donation, goods, services, or as part of our Volunteer team, please visit the links below: