Local Government
3:13 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Homeless Numbers Shrinking Under Utah's Housing First Approach

yeowatzup via Wikimedia Commons

Homelessness in Utah is down slightly from last year. But for the chronically homeless; people who are usually dealing with severe mental illness or drug addiction—that number is on the rise. 

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Local Government
4:57 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Cities Set Aside Money to Improve Homeless Outreach

Homeless service providers accept a check from city governments to improve homeless services.
Whittney Evans

Ten of Salt Lake County’s 16 cities have combined forces and set aside $200,000 to increase services for the homeless in Salt Lake County. It’s a new collaboration spearheaded by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. 

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2:48 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Renewed Plea Made for Tax Check-Off Donations to Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund

Namesake of The Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund, Atkinson at the YWCA Center for Families, makes a plea for tax payers to make a donation when they file their 2013 Income Tax Returns.
Credit Bob Nelson

Governor Gary Herbert says he hopes Utahns will increase their donations to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund when filing their Utah State Tax return. He spoke at an event promoting the fund Thursday at the YWCA Center for Families. He says a 50 percent increase from 2 dollars to 3 is not too much to ask in a state that leads the nation in charity and volunteerism.

Pamela Atkinson talked about a young family she met Wednesday night at the St. Vincent DePaul Soap Kitchen.  She says, despite their struggles, she could clearly see they had already accomplished a lot.

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KUER Local News
1:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Rescue Mission of Salt Lake Serves the Homeless a Christmas Feast

A Volunteer Santa at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake helps hand out gifts at their annual Christmas Banquet
Brian Grimmett

The Rescue Mission of Salt Lake held it’s annual Christmas Banquet for the homeless today. Until the doors opened at 11 am, the line of people waiting to get into the Christmas banquet stretched down fourth West. When they did finally open, volunteers ushered them to their seats where they could eat a warm meal and listen to the Christmas music. Chris Croswhite is the executive director of the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake. He says for many, Christmas is an especially difficult time of year.

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Health Care
5:14 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Homeless Utahns, The Dentist Will See You Now

Fourth Street Clinic
Andrea Smardon

Homeless Utahns will be able to get dental care at a clinic in downtown Salt Lake City thanks to a gift from a local business.  Alsco, a linen and uniform rental company has agreed to provide 125,000 dollars a year for five years to fund a full-time dentist at the Fourth Street Clinic. KUER’s Andrea Smardon reports that there is a pent up demand for dental services among the homeless and low-income populations.

Looking at the brand new dental chairs at Fourth Street Clinic, Russell Flowers breaks into a smile, revealing some missing teeth.

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Local Government
4:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Salt Lake City Praises Efforts of HOST Program for the Homeless

Salt Lake City Mayor's Office

Salt Lake City community members gathered together Wednesday to showcase the efforts of the Homeless Outreach Service Team or HOST program that began two years ago.

The HOST program’s ultimate goal is to make contact with those in need and deliver the appropriate services for each individual situation. While the program’s two year milestone was locally celebrated, Mayor Ralph Becker says national colleagues he met with recently noticed the city’s efforts on a larger scale.

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Public Safety
6:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Chronic Homelessness Declining in Utah


The estimated number of people who are homeless in Utah has declined nearly 10 percent since 2012. In addition, homelessness among families with children dropped by 8 percent. The news came from the state’s comprehensive report on homelessness, which was released today, the same day of Utah’s 10th Annual Homeless Summit at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City.

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KUER Local News
5:18 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

State Launches Campaign to Help the Homeless through Tax Returns

Governor Gary Herbert demonstrates how to donate to the homeless on state tax returns with homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson. (February 8, 2013)
Andrea Smardon

When Utahns file their state taxes this year, they can also donate to help the homeless.  The Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund Tax Campaign was officially launched at Saint Vincent De Paul dining hall in Salt Lake City Friday.

“This project can have a huge impact,” said Pamela Atkinson, a long-time advocate for the homeless, “Every dollar that comes in, it means we can leverage that dollar and get private funds also, but it also means that we’re able to deliver these services for all of our homeless friends.”

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5:09 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Utah House Passes Tax Breaks for Businesses that Hire the Homeless

Democratic Representative Brian King of Salt Lake County, crafted a bill that would give businesses tax breaks if they hire people who are homeless.
Credit Courtesy of Utah State Legislature.

Members of the Utah House passed a bill today that would give businesses a tax break if they hire people who are homeless.  

Salt Lake County Democrat Brian King crafted the bill that would give businesses a tax credit of between five hundred and two thousand dollars for hiring an individual who is homeless. King said the legislation is designed to help some live more stable lives.

"What this is doing is giving individuals and a group of individuals who are struggling to be contributing citizens an opportunity to join our ranks as contributors," said King.

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4:07 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Utah On Track to End Chronic Homelessness

Utah Homeless Point-In-Time Count
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.

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10:01 am
Thu November 8, 2012

VA of Salt Lake City Dedicates New Homeless Center

Homeless Veterans in Salt Lake City now have a better chance to get into a warm place to live just as winter weather approaches. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System along the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City dedicated the new 72 room Valor House today. The Director of the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development, Gordon Walker, says the state is very close to serving every veteran’s needs for transitional and permanent housing and on track to end homelessness in Utah with the 10-year plan. US Navy Veteran Dawn Hemphill is a former homeless drug addict.

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10:42 am
Fri June 8, 2012

New Human Rights Campaign President Makes First Stop in Salt Lake City

The new President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin makes his first stop in Salt Lake City.

Chad Griffin is brand new on the job as president of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.  And his very first stop is Utah.  Griffin says there’s a reason for that.

“It’s a state that does represent some fairly depressing numbers as it relates to how LGBT people are treated, but it’s also a state that represents some real hope,” said Griffin.

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