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Request for Proposals - Housing Study and Needs Assessment

General Housing Meetings

The Salem community has initiated a grass roots effort to both study and work on the issues related to housing conditions and availability. All entities involved in this effort, plus anyone interested from the public, may attend our General Housing Meetings which occur every-other month on the first Wednesday at 3:30 pm at the Salem Housing Authority, 606 McGrath Ln. 

2022 General Housing Meeting Calendar:

  • February 2, 2022
  • April 6, 2022
  • June 1, 2022
  • August 3, 2022
  • October 5, 2022
  • December 7, 2022
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Construction Trades Program at Salem R80 Schools
Winner of the Strong Communities Award, 2021 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. A skills training program that focuses on improving the condition of available housing in Salem increasing opportunities for the students.




Voluntary Residential Demolition Program
Purpose of Program - The City offers residents an incentive to beautify the community through a sponsored residential demolition program. The program assists with efforts to beautify the community and promotes a sense of pride for residents, and makes the community a more appealing choice when individuals are home shopping.

Two Options Available for Property Owners:
  1. 50% Demolition Program – the City covers 50% of the cost of demolition – To use this program the owner must voluntarily approach the city and request the program. The owner must then pay their portion of the demolition costs no less than 15 days prior to the demolition taking place. The owner and City official will sign the 50/50 agreement and it will remain on file with the City.
    1. Process to Participate
      1. Contact Sally Burbridge, Economic Development Director to be added to the list for the next round of demolitions: economic@salemmo.com or 573-729-2428
      2. Legal Property Description - When the City is ready to proceed with the next round, you will be contacted and asked to provide a legal property description which is generally found on the property deed. A copy of this may be obtained free of charge from the Dent County Recorder of Deeds Office.
      3. Permission to Enter Property - Once the above information has been obtained from all of the participating property owners for the current round, you will be asked to sign an agreement giving the City and it's assignee's (contractors who are interested in bidding on the demolition) permission to enter onto the property.
      4. Have Utility Lines Physically Disconnected - You will need to contact the Salem Utility Office in person and ask for a work order to make sure all utilities are physically disconnected from the building/property and prepared for demolition. If you are out-of-state, you may ask for a work order, complete the order and have it notarized, then send it to the Salem Utility Office at 400 N. Iron St., Salem, MO 65560, 573-729-4117. You may also need to contact Ameren Natural Gas Company if they have a service line on the property (Ameren Missouri 800-552-7583).
      5. Approval of Contract between City and Demolition Contractor - Once the City has received official bids from interested contractors, a recommendation will be made to the Board of Aldermen for approval of a contract with the successful bidder.
      6. Approval of Contracts between City and Property Owners - After approval of a contract by the Board of Aldermen with a successful bidder, you will be presented with a contract between yourself, as the property owner, and the City of Salem. Once approved by both yourself and the Board of Aldermen, the contractor is free to begin demolition activities, starting with application for a demolition permit through the City's Building Inspector.
      7. Scheduling Demolition Activities - the contractor will be responsible for scheduling the specific demo activities with each property owner.

  1. 100% Demolition Program – the City covers 100% of the cost of demolition - For the City to cover 100% of demolition costs, the owner would sign over the property and all rights to the City of Salem. This could be accomplished through a Warranty Deed. Any outstanding fines, fees or citations from the City of Salem, for weeds, grass, junk, or other Nuisances would be waived upon transfer of property. The City cannot enter into this agreement for properties that have outstanding liens against the property. Properties acquired through the 100% program would then be assessed for one of the following future uses:
    1. The property may become green open/park space, at the City’s option. This would require a commitment on behalf of the City to maintain such spaces. If strategically located, such parcels could be stopping points along community trail systems (think of sidewalks as alternative transportation ways through the City) promoting healthier lifestyles and could enhance the trail efforts in the community.
    2. The property may be used to partner with the Salem R-80, Construction Trades program to construct new housing.
    3. The property may be sold via sealed bids. The sales agreement would include a stipulation requiring the purchaser to begin construction on a single-family, site-built home within 3 years of purchase.

Flipping for Community Renewal  housing authority logo
The Salem Housing Authority has embarked on a program to purchase aging homes in need of rehabilitation and updating, and after renovation, putting the homes on the market at affordable rates, helping to revitalize the available housing and encourage home ownership.
Read the Salem News article about the program



Love Thy Neighbor - Dent County
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Love Thy Neighbor is a community home repair outreach service provided by the local churches. All work projects are done outside such as decks, roofing, painting, and yard work, all at no charge to the homeowner. Work during the day and worship at night. There is something for everyone, such as being part of a work crew, kitchen crew, encouragers, prayer warriors, organizers, runners, etc.
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