2018 State of the County address
Today I delivered my 2018 State of the County address. In my speech, I announced the priorities for the year, including transportation and criminal justice initiatives. I also highlighted the county’s progress on behalf of residents in areas of health, education, recreation and infrastructure.
Safe, affordable housing for Operation Rio Grande court clients
Today I visited a sober living home where people in addiction recovery live in safe, affordable housing while they work to get back on their feet. More space is coming on line in homes like the one I visited today, thanks to a new Salt Lake County program, and in partnership with the Department of Workforce Services.
The Sober Living Home Voucher program pays up to $2,000 per person for their housing, under the condition they are in treatment for substance use, and actively seeking work or employed. While in the home, participants are paired with a case manager to help them find work and transportation. It’s this kind of support that someone like Destiny Garcia needs to regain self-sufficiency.
Destiny was arrested during Operation Rio Grande and is the first sober living housing program participant. She will live in the home at no charge, as long as she stays in treatment, actively seeks work, and remains in peer-mentoring opportunities.
As of today, the county has placed 14 people in homes, but that number will grow. Each of these people have unique stories that put them in this situation. But with a little support, they can overcome their challenges and be productive members of our community. More details about the Sober Living Voucher Program are here.
Left to right: Mayor McAdams, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, Destiny Garcia, Next Level Recovery home owners Michael and Renee Brown