Change of Plans? Road Home's 2019 closure date 'unreasonable,' Salt Lake City councilwoman says

City leaders question if homeless plan needs more beds — or another facility

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  • Max Upstate, NY
    March 7, 2018 11:44 a.m.

    Two flight attendants were talking as they came down the aisle serving drinks. One of them was quite animated and upset. She was saying how scared she was and how she does not want to come back to Salt Lake. "He just kept grabbing me and wouldn't stop", she said. "It was so scary. I am going to tell them not to send me here anymore".

    Apparently, she could tell that I was paying attention and turned to me and said "Salt Lake has a problem with homeless people -- and they are VERY aggressive".

    The irony is that we were flying to San Francisco.

  • goodnight-goodluck Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2018 9:41 a.m.

    Just now figuring out the math on that? They should all resign due to their gross incompetence, the council, her honor the mayor, governor hughes... oh he hasn't announced.... no matter.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    March 7, 2018 8:49 a.m.

    @ Counter intelligence -- "The homeless problem needs to be distributed evenly,
    Which means facilities in Lehi, Layton, Provo, Sandy, Park City, Bountiful, Herriman, etc."

    But these problems weren't created, encouraged or allowed to grow out-of-control evenly. The Legislature is now going to assess other cities to help fund this effort. SLC has now flipped and flopped again on this issue. There is no leadership in SLC government; otherwise, why are they a "sanctuary city" and encouraging people to locate here? Their goal it seems is to leave the Rio Grande neighborhood at risk as they spread their cancerous solutions to other communities.

    SLC put this on the back-burner for too many years and it festered into an unacceptable situation; now after they accepted the solution last year suddenly they are back-peddling. Is that your definition of responsible government, or irresponsible government?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 7, 2018 7:26 a.m.

    @DNSubscriber;
    "Instead of solving Salt Lake City's homeless problem, the actions of Salt Lake City's mayor and friends have managed to make it even worse, spreading it to different areas of the community (County, not just City) and blown a huge amount of money in the process."

    You're really good at placing blame, just not very good on knowing the facts for that blame. "Operation Rio Grande" was led by Republican House leader Greg Hughes and his developer buddies. They want the commercial property in the Rio Grande area cleaned up (I don't blame them) and got their wish. You think Hughes and Co. care about the impact of spreading the problems to other areas?

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2018 6:09 a.m.

    The homeless problem needs to be distributed evenly,
    Which means facilities in Lehi, Layton, Provo, Sandy, Park City, Bountiful, Herriman, etc.

  • Egyptian origins Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2018 3:10 a.m.

    I'm looking at UT's stats and the math is revealing a horror that neither the Gov or news is addressing. It's est'd that we have over 3 million Utahans. DWS Jan 2018 reports indicate UT unemployment @ 3.1% which is around 94,600 (DWS reports 49,200 people instead which would be a population of 1.59 million, not 3 million) adding 2.9%/41,300 new jobs. UT Births in 2000 were 47,331, so about 6,000 newly turning adults didn't get jobs, & an additional 88,600 adults are unemployed. UT Dept Health only reports depression which in 2016 was 21.5%/666,500 aprx, no reporting of physically disabled, or other mental illnesses. US disability stats show 11.4% (range from 9.8%) of US pop are disabled in UT which is about 2.8 million leaving about 300,000 Utahans w/o a disability. This means about 2.8 million Utahans are working w/disability rather than receiving SSDI or SSI if they don't qualify for SSDI, though news reports indicate Social Security keeps rejecting those applying for SSDI. I used to think UT had a homeless crisis but now I see UT has a State Level 2 Emergent w/numerous Level 1 Resuscitation Emergencies instead. SOS Stat for this external triage!

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    March 6, 2018 11:31 p.m.

    It seems that our elected "leaders" are very effective at creating chaos. The question is, are they doing it intentionally or is it a byproduct of incompetence?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 6, 2018 10:27 p.m.

    Ah, a Council member has woken up and realized:
    "I think it's high time for us to confront the reality that the closure of the Road Home in June of 2019 was a political conversation and not one based in reality," she said.

    Instead of solving Salt Lake City's homeless problem, the actions of Salt Lake City's mayor and friends have managed to make it even worse, spreading it to different areas of the community (County, not just City) and blown a huge amount of money in the process.

    I have no doubt their intentions were good, but the whole scheme was doomed to fail from the start, beginning with some "expert" who sold it to them. Never let politicians handle real problems where they can spend other people's money with zero accountability for the success or failure of their schemes.

  • SLC100 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2018 9:51 p.m.

    Here are a couple of ideas for backup plans.

    Many of these folks hanging out are receiving SSI or SSDI that they use for other purposes while getting free food and housing. If we could identify those folks and charge them a portion of their SSI/SSDI for the food and housing they are receiving, we could fund better services. Additionally, that's the purpose of the government funds they are receiving and this limits substance abuse.

    Second, lets expect these folks hanging out to provide some services in return for food and housing. For example, the kitchen wouldn't start serving until the neighborhood is cleaned up. There is no food/housing for people who don't participate in classes/counseling. By expecting something in return, they'll have better self-respect and it won't be so hard to go to work and become productive citizens.

    As for backup housing, there is a lot of land out by the airport. Soldiers live with several others in shipping containers (as many as 16 to a shipping container) for months at a time. That's a very affordable alternative.