McKay High School senior Raul Marquez is getting substantial backing from a $100,000 grant from the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley for his plan to create a youth homeless shelter in Salem.

McKay High School senior Raul Marquez is getting substantial backing from a $100,000 grant from the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley for his plan to create a youth homeless shelter in Salem.

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal

The Oregon Legislature has granted a McKay High School student’s request for help funding a homeless youth shelter in Salem.

Lawmakers included $200,000 for the shelter in a $93 million omnibus spending bill approved Saturday as the 2018 Legislative session neared its final hours.

Money for other Salem-area assistance programs was also appropriated, including for homeless, mental health and addiction services. 

Raul Márquez, 18, is trying to raise $400,000 to open the shelter in the former Catarino Cavazos Center, once a center for at-risk Latino youth that’s now up for sale.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.