How San Francisco can win the fight against chronic homelessness

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 8, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    San Francisco does not want to end homelessness. YOu cannot have a true SF experience without being accosted by panhandlers 27 times in a two block stretch.

    Sure, SLC has them too, but I've been both places and they are much more a problem in SF.

    SLC does not have the homeless surfing the net on their I-pads using free wi-fi along Market Street like san fran does

  • CS Thomas Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    I don't normally leave comments, but had to respond to the line "today Salt Lake's chronic homeless population has all but disappeared." I would strongly recommend the reporter review KSL TV's recent stories about the issues in the Pioneer Park/Rio Grande neighborhoods and spend some time here. The issues and homeless population have increased exponentially in recent years with a significant uptick in the past six months. While many organizations such as the Road Home do a meritorious job in serving this population and helping them get into affordable housing, the problem is no where close to "all but disappeared." My company, located on the outskirts of the area, sponsors an annual program to provide new back-to-school clothing for the children residing in the Road Home Shelter. Intake for the effort was completed last week and the number of children in need was 50% higher than last year and by far the most in the 10-year history of the campaign. I hope this article does not lead the public to believe that they don't need to do anything because this problem has ceased. Please do some more research and a follow-up story.

  • sdreader SAN DIEGO, CA
    July 8, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    At first I thought this article was a joke. We just returned from a weekend in Salt Lake City for the 4th. We stayed at a hotel near the Gateway outdoor mall. I have never seen so many homeless people in Salt Lake city. They are everywhere in that area---sleeping at Pioneer park and on the grass between the curb and the sidewalk. We saw many drinking openly, numerous panhandlers around the shopping area and a couple of crack smokers. There were so many homeless on the street just south of Gateway that it looked like a war zone. I would guess the LDS church would be embarrassed by the proliferation of these people. It is not good for the image of the city and is not helping the Gateway district when it needs all the help it can get. Attention Salt Lake politicians: your homeless "solutions" are not working.

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    Just because you see people panhandling or getting arrested does not mean they are necessarily homeless. It behooves us all to be generous when it comes helping our fellow man. Of course, I don't mean that everyone should be forced to help out, regardless of income. I'm pretty much a Republican, so I don't believe in big government or punishing the rich.

    Wouldn't it be a wonderful world to live in if we all helped each other, gave love and support, and most important of all, a commitment to help others out of our own free will?

  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    July 8, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    @U-tar & jonkay

    The article said it had made progress not completely eliminated it. The article acknowledged that SLC still had some 400 homeless...which evidently is alot less than otherwise would have been the case.

    There is some truth to the point that if you provide freebies people will come and take it. Unfortunately our president has clearly decided the best way to win Arizona and Texas for the Democrats is to change the demographics. He is giving away our country in the process.

    The govt appeals to lower income poorer demographic and as such obama wants as many illegals in as possible because they know that eventually they will get some form of amnesty and any illegal they can allow in is just another likely vote in a few years. What the poor don't realize is that they will be enslaved and trained to keep on with the govt dependence and never really be allowed to make progress. Obama wants them poor and govt dependent. That way they are easier to manipulate and control for votes.

    Our politicians (on both sides) are so corrupt they will literally do anything to maintain power and control.

  • jonkay New York, NY
    July 8, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    Has Lane been to the Rio Grande recently? As much as I want to say homelessness in SLC is getting better a trip down to the Gateway/Rio Grande will prove this article wrong. This problem is only getting worse. I recently ate at the Rio Grande and I saw no less than 4 arrested on the street in one hour. Don't let me forget to mention the high number of drugged out people walking aimlessly into the street and into traffic. The biggest issue is the friendly people of SLC enabling a certain percentage of the homeless to loiter and panhandle while maintaining their current state of mind numbness through drug use.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    July 8, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    A drive by Pioneer Park would tend to make you think that this story is not altogether accurate.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 8, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    Free housing will not solve homelessness, it will increase it because millions will move to California to get in on the freebies and California's state government is already deeply mortgaged! Have we learned nothing from the massive waves of illegal immigrants pouring over our southern borders with their collective hands out? If you give them freebies, they will come and keep coming in ever increasing numbers. At some point our economy will not be able to bear the burdens. But they always vote for Democrats don't they? Which is why the Demos love to give your and your grandchildren's money to them!

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    July 8, 2014 7:02 a.m.

    You gotta love it!

    A conservative Republican president recommending to Salt Lake City, an idea to reduce homelessness, which is essentially a SOCIALIST concept!

    Too bad we have forgotten that good ideas come out of both sides of the political spectrum.