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Current Initiatives

Solving homelessness necessitates a clear and compassionate understanding of who the homeless individuals are, the factors that led to their circumstances, and the specific services required to enhance their lives. It also demands acknowledgment of the broader impact this crisis has on the vitality and safety of the city, including parks, downtown shops, businesses, and neighborhoods.

Much of the work involved in addressing homelessness occurs discreetly, behind the scenes, in an effort to shape the homeless narrative in Salt Lake City and Utah. However, there are occasions when public action is necessary, as evidenced by the “Grand Plan” initiative last October. An update on this plan is anticipated in the upcoming fall.

Recent initiatives include:

  • Providing tangible support to The Other Side Village through tours and meetings with legislative leaders, strategic outreach to opinion leaders, grassroots involvement of community councils, testimony before the City Council and Planning Commission, and attendance at the official groundbreaking on March 8, 2023. These efforts demonstrate the commitment to actively engage with and support initiatives that provide solutions for homelessness.
  • Meetings with downtown businesses, developers, and homeless service centers such as the Weigand Center have been conducted to foster consensus building and promote collaboration.
  • Productive discussions with members of the Salt Lake City Council have led to constructive outcomes related to provisions in the Homeless Resource Overlay code.
  • Coalition building on Capitol Hill with legislators, the Governor’s office, and homeless advocates has resulted in funding for a study aimed at identifying best treatment practices for the homeless population. 
  • Ongoing meetings and discussions with key lawmakers have been held since the conclusion of the 2023 Legislative Session, with a focus on developing new legislation for 2024 that addresses the complex challenges of homelessness.

These multifaceted initiatives demonstrate a commitment to addressing homelessness through a combination of practical support, collaboration with various stakeholders, and active engagement in policy development. The goal is to find effective solutions and improve the lives of those experiencing homelessness, while also considering the broader impact on the community as a whole.

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Current Initiatives

Solving homelessness necessitates a clear and compassionate understanding of who the homeless individuals are, the factors that led to their circumstances, and the specific services