Department of Workforce Services

New Data: Homelessness Up, Chronic Homelessness Down

May 12, 2016
Whittney Evans

The number of homeless individuals and families in Utah grew last year, but new data shows that the number of chronically homeless individuals decreased.

The state auditor’s office has released a report with recommendations for catching and dealing with food stamps abuse.

U.S. Senate

The head of the Utah Department of Workforce Services testified before the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, DC on Thursday about the state’s unique approach to intergenerational poverty.

Utah On Track to End Chronic Homelessness

Nov 8, 2012
Department of Workforce Services

The Utah Housing and Community Development Division says while they saw an overall increase in the number of people who experienced homelessness in 2012 their efforts to end chronic homelessness by 2014 is right on track. That number decreased by almost 10 percent last year and is down 72 percent since 2005. Housing and Community Services director Gordon Walker says while it’s a complicated problem, they’ve found success in providing permanent housing with limited restrictions.

Utah is taking steps to help families break the cycle of poverty and dependence on public assistance. The Department of Workforce Services released a report Friday on poverty around the state. It’s the first in a series of annual reports mandated by the Utah Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act, passed this year in the legislature.