New homelessness plan
Posted by Ben McAdams
February 28, 2017
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I recently joined state and city leaders to announce a new homelessness plan that has the following components:
- Four homeless resource centers to replace the
one-size-fits-all emergency shelter in the Rio Grande area. Two facilities will be constructed in Salt
Lake City, capped at 200 beds each, and a third resource center will be located
outside of Salt Lake City. The family shelter in Midvale, which is now open
year-round, will be the facility that serves homeless families with children.
- The resource centers will serve distinct
populations of adult women, adult men and single men and single women in
separate areas of one facility.
- Alternatives to shelter have been carefully
considered over a period of several years and will help ensure that demand for
emergency shelter lessens over time.
- If implemented as planned, the state
anticipates being able to responsibly close the Rio Grande shelter by June 30,
More information on the new plan released by the state of
Utah is available on the Utah House of Representatives blog.
The public will be invited to give input on possible
locations for the third facility. A schedule of public meetings will soon be released. A site selection recommendation committee—with members from the public, private
and nonprofit communities—will submit a recommendation to the State Homeless
Coordinating Committee by March 30, 2017.
I am grateful to all parties who are working tirelessly to
give us solutions that will minimize homelessness in our state and keep all
neighborhoods safe and welcoming.