Asleep in the snow: Utah volunteers count homeless living on streets

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  • Lyle Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 25, 2019 3:30 p.m.

    The article mentions "$5 gift cards for food". I'm curious as to what sort of gift card would pay for food but not, say, booze. I'd carry such a gift card or two for the occasional convincing panhandler or earnest street musician.

  • carboncathy Springfield, MO
    Jan. 25, 2019 2:28 p.m.

    So sad to see so many homeless people anywhere there at least 600 to 700 homeless people just in Springfield, MO. One of the camps the tore down was so big it could see from space. There so much trash it took them a week to clean up. The had to call in Hazmat at one point and even found a body there was so much trash where it was they didnt find it until the last trash removed

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Jan. 25, 2019 11:06 a.m.

    @cthulhu_fhtagn, perhaps a war on drugs will, at least, reduce the rapid increase in the homeless. Of course there is the alternative of no war on drugs and have the results we see along I-5 from Tacoma to Seattle. Clearly there are cities that have done absolutely nothing about the problem such as San Francisco, with the resulting loss of reasonable public health as the streets become the depository of human waste and used needles. Perhaps, we should just throw up our hands and say that that the health and safety of our productive society doesn't count and create a rapidly growing class of dependent people.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Jan. 25, 2019 10:38 a.m.

    When citizen provide for the homeless the consequences is also More Homeless.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Jan. 25, 2019 10:35 a.m.

    sea of abandoned belongings surround their camp, stretching along both sides beneath the overpass. Old tarps, tents, mangled bikes, tattered clothes — trash everywhere.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    There are about 10 times as many has there would have been had you fine folks not put up more shelters and offered free welfare checks, housing, medical..... You built it, they came. It's your own fault.

  • old cuss 101 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2019 12:23 a.m.

    2400 people on the streets and in the back places plus the several hundred that are in the shelters sounds to me like a lot more bodies than the new shelters will house. Better not close the "Road Home" yet?

    The spectrum of homelessness seems almost impossible to address completely. While there are those whose are destitute, but well meaning, there are others for whom living out of doors is a way of life and others who are so beset by addictions that their bodies are here, but their minds are far from us. What is to be done?

    3 - 5000 people is enough to colonize a small town. Maybe something along the lines of WWII Topaz without a fence? Food, clothing, shelter, contributing employment, sociality?

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Jan. 24, 2019 11:47 p.m.

    The homeless problem is huge throughout the United States and its growing at an alarming rate. What, beyond addiction and mental illness is causing this high rate of growth? There are jobs going unfilled. The government at all levels are building facilities to house and help the homeless and yet there is a large and growing segment of the population that has become dysfunctional. Perhaps if the government at all levels made the selling and use of drugs a more serious offense we would begin to see a decling population of homeless.