New Salt Lake City women's homeless shelter almost ready despite wet spring

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  • Angelsings Glendale, AZ
    June 14, 2019 10:45 p.m.

    It iis sad & disturbing to know there is a need for this.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 14, 2019 4:15 p.m.

    No doubt the Volunteers of America running this place will do their best in a very difficult job under even the best circumstances. I wish them well.

    It seems odd that there is no on-site kitchen and that they will depend on Catholic Charities to haul food over every day- demanding even more volunteers. If it was prepared on site, at least some of the residents could start on a pattern of work in food prep, serving and cleanup which may lead to jobs.

    Instead, this looks like more of the "giving fish" approach rather than "teaching to fish."

    The insanity of the politicians who are so proud of three small shelters with combined capacity far lower than the overcrowded facility being replaced is hard to accept. We really do need to "follow the money" when the old site closes and is sold for different purposes.

    Lastly, the scattering of the addicts and mentally ill (euphemistically called "homeless") around the rest of the city is blighting much larger areas than just the Rio Grande or Pioneer Park. That is unacceptable. Enforce the laws, as a minimum.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 14, 2019 3:44 p.m.

    @third try screen name

    I can't believe this but I actually agree with you. Now, keep voting Republican.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    June 14, 2019 3:28 p.m.

    A little history:
    Current housing is about 1200 people.
    The annual census the volunteers do counts 2,000+.
    This back-slapping is over a shelter for 200.
    The other two will add about 400.
    This grand committee knew this going in, that they would only accommodate HALF the current need when they closed the downtown shelter. Never mind that the shelteralready wasn't big enough.
    The overflow was going to be relieved by additional long-term housing apartments, so they said.
    The reality is that the enforcement surge has already dispersed the homeless into the canyons and along the Jordan River. One such denizen, in an attempted carjacking, shot and killed a UofU student before hiding the gun downtown in the homeless shelter. The gun was never recovered.
    One objective is met here. The valuable downtown land will soon be available for development.