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our mission

The mission of the Solutions Utah is to help the citizens of Utah through community advocacy. By providing solutions to social issues, including addressing homelessness, revitalizing Pioneer Park and downtown SLC. Our neighborhoods are changing and we still have work to do. That is why we ask you to be a part of our solutions.

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our legacy

Since our founding in 2014, Solutions Utah has advanced constructive approaches to homelessness and a myriad of urban challenges confronting our modern cities. Collaborating with government and private partners, the organization spearheaded safety and anti-crime improvements at Pioneer Park and helped launch Operation Rio Grande. In 2022, Solutions Utah released a 30-page report called the Grand Plan emphasizing a three-pronged approach to solving homelessness based on accountability. This plan spawned a major data study now underway at the University of Utah and passage of significant reform legislation in 2024.

Since 2014, we have been advocating for issues related to drugs, crime, and homeless services in Salt Lake City. Working as a community, we’ve seen decision makers commit to revamping homeless services, replacing the downtown shelter, and instigating Operation Rio Grande, a three-phase plan aimed to improve the supportive services for those looking to overcome homelessness in Utah.

we are focused on the
changes our city needs.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your donation helps towards bringing a safer neighborhood and a public-private partnership for the park, whether you are a business owner, resident, or farmer’s market enthusiast.

Solutions Utah will continue to advocate for effective solutions that truly help those experiencing homelessness, improve community safety and quality of life, and increase accountability measures to best to serve those in need.

Solutions Utah history

2014

The Pioneer Park Coalition (PPC) is formed.

The PPC and Salt Lake Police Department team up to acquire new security technology for Pioneer Park. These high-definition cameras are intended to be crime deterrents.

2015

A proactive campaign by the PPC results in $1 million allocated toward permanent supportive housing through the Olene Walker Trust Fund.

Salt Lake County formed a Collective Impact on Homelessness Steering Committee giving the PPC four seats.

2016

Along with other vested groups, the PPC endorses the Salt Lake County HOMES initiatives seeking $27 million to reform homeless services. Salt Lake City Council approves over $500 million to address human waste, crime and violence in Pioneer Park.

2017

Operation Rio Grande is launched in partnership with state, county and city leaders as well as law enforcement agencies in shutting down a facility that bred crime, drug addiction and sexual violence in downtown Salt Lake.

2018

Crime dropped 25% around the Rio Grande area six months after Operation Rio Grande was executed. Salt Lake City and the PPC pledge $1 million to revitalize Pioneer Park. The money will fund new pedestrian lighting and create a multi-use lawn.

2020

During the legislative session, the PPC was instrumental in supporting a number of bills that address homelessness through housing, treatment and emergencies services programs.

2022

The PPC unveils a three-pronged “Grand Plan” to improve homelessness that emphasizes accountability, a structured ‘service-rich’ treatment environment and adherence to existing laws.

2023

The Pioneer Park Coalition officially rebrands as Solutions Utah.

Solutions Utah played a prominent role in Utah’s first sanctioned camp, a micro shelter for 50, working behind-the-scenes to support Carol Hollowell, CEO of Switchpoint, in her role as director.

2024

Legislation that would bring major reforms to Utah’s homeless system – from operations and facilities, to treatment, case management, accountability and funding – was passed by the state legislature. Solutions Utah played a key role in designing the bill, HB298.

Pioneer Park Coalition Board of Directors

The team is comprised of both professionals and volunteers that bring their expertises to the table in creating solutions for issues facing the city.

Dale Keller -Chair

Dave Kelly – Vice Chair

Tiffanie Price

Scott Howell

Amy Hawkins

Jan Hemming

Moe Egan

Bryan Hill

Dale Keller -Chair

Dave Kelly – Vice Chair

Tiffanie Price

Scott Howell

Amy Hawkins

Jan Hemming

Moe Egan

Bryan Hill

Jim Behunin

Tim Deans

Dave McEuen

Dave Durocher

Lynn Ames

George Nikas

Susanne Maitzen

John Gurr

Brandon Kitchen

Ned Skanchy

Rich Lewis

Sui Lang Panoke

Floyd Mori

Ofa Matagi

Brad Plowman

Jim Behunin

Tim Deans

Dave McEuen

Dave Durocher

Lynn Ames

George Nikas

Susanne Maitzen

John Gurr

Brandon Kitchen

Ned Skanchy

Rich Lewis

Sui Lang Panoke

Floyd Mori

Ofa Matagi

Brad Plowman

Rick Graham – Solutions Utah Chair
Former Salt Lake City Public Services Director
Former Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor

Tiffanie Price
Rio Grande business owner
Salt Lake City resident

Amy J. Hawkins PhD
Chair – Ballpark Community Council

Elna Hamp
President at ProEdTech LLC

Scott N. Howell
CEO – Howell Consulting Group
34 years – IBM Corporation
Former Utah Senate Minority Leader

Jim BehuninInterim Executive Director
Former Utah State Legislature Audit Supervisor

Spencer TeerlinkGovernment Relations
Student

Salt Lake City Skyline

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