It’s time for action to reduce and prevent homelessness
I am ready to begin making changes that will result in
minimizing and preventing homelessness and moving individuals and families away
from crisis in their lives toward stability and self-reliance. Our action plan
follows two years of hard work by many groups who care deeply about the
complicated, long-running challenge presented by people experiencing
homelessness in our community.
We identified two issues. First, the main door to access
Utah’s homelessness services system turns out to literally be the door of the
emergency shelter, when a crisis occurs in a person’s life. Second, our large
“one-size-fits-all” emergency services model does not serve people well,
especially families, children, youth, domestic violence victims, individuals
with disabilities and working single adults.
Learn more about our Collective Impact on Homelessness efforts
Swim supplies needed for kids at the Midvale family shelter
The kids at the now year-round Midvale family shelter are feeling the heat just like the rest of us. And, like all kids, they want to go to the pool. That's why I, along with Midvale City Mayor Seghini are asking for donations so the kids can go swimming. Needs include: swim suits for kids 0-16 years old, baby and toddler swim diapers, hats, sunscreen, flip flops, and towels. We are accepting donations until July 22nd.
Thanks to our ongoing work to minimize homelessness in the county, the Midvale shelter is open in the summer for the first time this year. As part of the
collective impact on homelessness work, the state legislature allocated $9.2 million this year with the requirement that a portion of the funding go towards a year-round Midvale family shelter. Organizations involved in the effort rallied around the need for the year-round shelter and agreed on improvements to keep the shelter safe and operating in the summer months.
Mayor Seghini and I are accepting donations in our offices:
Salt Lake County Government Center - 2001 South State Street, North Building, 2nd Floor, Mayor's Office
Midvale City Hall - 7505 South Holden St.
Together we can help kids experiencing homelessness also experience the simple joys of being a kid - like jumping in a pool.
Sunnyvale Park is now a fun, safe community gathering place
Thanks to Salt Lake County and local community groups coming together, a once graffiti-ridden and neglected park is now a safe and fun gathering space for a
neighborhood with many refugee and immigrant families. As kids played on the new and improved playground, I joined community partners to celebrate the reopening of Sunnyvale Park in Millcreek. Sunnyvale will be a gathering place for a farmers market, after-school programming, and of course lots of play. With a little bit of planning and
cooperation, the Sunnyvale Community has reclaimed this space for that purpose.
It’s a great example of building a healthy community together.
Theresa Drulard, Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center and Mayor McAdams speaking at a ribbon cutting to reopen Sunnyvale Park
Smart, creative kids win in this year's Teen Tech awards
Earlier this week I got to meet local teens who won Salt Lake County Library Services' Teen Tech Month awards. Forty-seven kids entered their creative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related inventions into the contest for the chance to win. I am impressed by these teens' talents and their abilities to combine imagination with STEM to come up with some really cool inventions. The library's Teen Tech contest is just another example of how Salt Lake County supports education for kids and families.
Thousands more residents have access to curbside glass recycling
This week I met with Jeff Whitbeck and John Lair (pictured with me below), owners of locally owned and operated Momentum Recycling. Jeff and John just announced that they will expand curbside glass recycling pickup to thousands more homes along the Wasatch Front. The expansion is the result of a partnership between Momentum and Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District. Momentum teamed up with Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling to make it easy for residents to sign up for the service. This is a great example of local business and local government working together to build sustainable, healthier communities. Sign up for curbside glass pickup.