April 17, 2020
Salt Lake County Leases Hotel to House Highest Risk Clients Within Homeless Resource Centers
Chloe Morroni -
Salt Lake County, UT – As part of Salt Lake County’s continuing effort to protect the highest risk clients within the homeless community from COVID-19, and allow for better social distancing protocols within Homeless Resource Centers, the county is leasing an entire hotel to provide “Stay Home, Stay Safe” housing for roughly 130 asymptomatic clients. These individuals are either over the age of 60 or have underlying health issues. Clients began to be moved into the hotel last Friday, April 10th, and the moves will continue in phases over the coming days.
“These individuals are the most vulnerable of the vulnerable within our homeless community. It is imperative we do whatever we can to lessen the chances of COVID-19 impacting their lives,” said Mayor Jenny Wilson. “We appreciate the hotel operator working with us to provide this extra layer of protection for our highest risk clients.”
On-site staff, case managers, and security will be present to assist and protect clients. Behavioral health support will be available as well.
Salt Lake County will lease the hotel for at least two weeks and has an option to extend. To protect the privacy of those staying there, the county will not be releasing the name or location of the hotel.