Jay Evensen: When it comes to the homeless problem, where does the buck stop?

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  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    April 20, 2017 8:52 a.m.

    From the article:

    "...But McAdams won’t put Winder’s plan on the committee’s agenda because, as his spokesman told Deseret News reporter Katie McKellar, the committee 'is not a criminal focus group.'..."

    True, homelessness in and of itself is not a crime, but the committee cannot hope to realistically manage the issue without addressing the criminal elements that have taken root amongst the homeless population. Sheriff Winder's plan may not be perfect, but he at least recognizes that to truly help the homeless population, you have to keep the criminals out.

    The primary concern amongst both the public and business owners is in fact safety because of all the criminal activity that happens in the Pioneer Park-Rio Grande-Gateway area. Salt Lake PD and the Mayor have criticized Sheriff Winder for his poor management of the jails while he's criticized them and legislators for essentially not holding criminals accountable. The in-fighting needs to stop and the crime element needs to be addressed. Until it is, we're still going to see the same resistance from communities to host homeless shelters as we did from the residents in Draper & South Salt Lake.

  • wasatchcascade ,
    April 19, 2017 1:19 p.m.

    The "buck stops here" - with a parade of clichÉ's? The challenges at the Rio Grande zone have gone on for how long? How many governors, state legislators or even federal legislators, stepped in with "funding" (state or federal money) for new centers, treatment programs, food pantry's, medical care and economic follow up in the past decade? Easier by some to brandish the "blame game" and even if the current mayor, by some stretch, is not adept at this "game" so many others have simply stood by for so long and done little or nothing? And then the screech and cry by valley residents (justified?) when talk of a homeless resource center in their area was discussed? Something like the Road Home, needs to be in a neighborhood so families, children can assimilate into neighborhoods and schools. Treatment centers where? and further food pantries where? And what happens to the 4th St. Clinic? I think way more than three new centers need to be looked at, and mayors and legislators County wide need to offer locations in each of their jurisdictions - and be accountable in terms of money, location and balance. I'll call it collective, community responsibility. Not buck stopping.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    April 18, 2017 11:46 p.m.

    McAdams will be around for decades apparently, career politician, just like SLC mayor. Makes one appreciate Trump more, keeps things to one statement and keeps it simple. Break down of family is to blame, and bad decisions, drugs, crime, lack of help from churches, lack of good friends and family, mental illness, fear, etc and yes, there are, at times, mean people in work environment and those with little resources don't have emotional strength to have backbone to stand up to bullys in work environment. Good news is red states are more generous than blue states. And red states have better economy. For thousands of years, Bible leaders have said to be one with community and family, warning of alternative outcomes.

  • mal murray, UT
    April 18, 2017 10:20 p.m.

    the entire problem was created by the homeless industry operators. 200 turned into 2000. they created the problem but have managed to avoid blame. in fact, the same people who created the rio grande mess are in line to get the money for the new shelters. they should be replaced with professional managers.

  • Scott1 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2017 7:58 p.m.

    I notice while the author was generalizing and writing inflammatory words toward others he did not offer his neighborhood or home to help the homeless.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2017 5:23 p.m.

    The elected and appointed officials should stop playing hot potato with the homeless issue. And our mayor should remember the adage - If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

  • Marty McFly Hilldale, CA
    April 18, 2017 5:23 p.m.

    When the buck stops with everyone, the buck stops with no one.

    Ultimately this is all on the Mayor.

    Good luck trying to pass the buck come election time, Ms. Biskupski.