Report: Salt Lake City's homelessness efforts making gains but food needs still unmet

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  • z_c salt lake, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    One thing I wish this article included is a way to help. Rather than sit and blame the food stamp cuts and the government. Maybe include a list near the end that says "here is what individuals can do to help." Food to the food bank and so on. Include a list of places to take food and where it is needed the most. Rather than just report the problem, try reporting an attempted solution at the same time.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Most of us have adequate food for our needs.
    It is easy to add some extra canned, preferably protein foods, to your cart when shopping.
    Your local Food Banks are very appreciate of these donations!
    So many folks will have a sparse Christmas. At the very least, we can all help provide food to sustain them.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Dec. 12, 2013 11:48 p.m.

    There is much to note in this article. However, there is one thing missing in the discussion. Why do we not attack the reason for the homelessness rather than treating the symptom. No one discusses the reasons for homelessness and asks where the extended family is in all of these situations. Let's first address the cause rather than try and manage the symptoms.

  • shuttdlrl Smith River, CA
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    The city should hire the homeless to do government jobs at minimum wage. Save the taxpayer money and help the homeless.

  • Bob K porland, OR
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    I found this, from another Utah source, earlier in 2013:

    "Homeless and LGBT officials said the number of homeless Utah youths is estimated at about 1,000, of which about 300 to 400 are LGBT. Out of those LGBT homeless youths, about 150 to 200 are believed to come from Mormon homes."

    I applaud the efforts, and am glad to see that the homeless veteran issue is being addressed, but the youth issues require different handling. Homeless youth, some damaged by having to leave homes that rejected them, are much more likely to turn to prostitution, leading to more drugs, and are much less likely to be wise about how to survive on the streets.

    Previous studies suggesting that 30-40% of homeless youth are LGBT have been reported over the years. Obviously, if the kids left home or were kicked out due to "religious" reasons, it may be important to soft pedal any religious mention until they are safe enough to choose to hear it.