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The Salt Lake City Mission’s annual birthday celebration for the homeless and outreach event drew thousands of people to Pioneer Park Monday.

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Two local non-profit groups that work with the homeless were awarded half a million dollars in grant money today from Wells Fargo as part of the bank’s national NeighborhoodLIFT program.

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Utah’s first hospice care facility for the homeless opened its doors on Monday. The INN Between is expected to provide end-of-life-care for up to 20 individuals suffering from terminal illnesses.

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The public got a glimpse Wednesday night of the work Salt Lake City’s Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission has done so far.

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Officials say chronic homelessness is down 91 percent in Utah since the state implemented a "housing first" model a decade ago.

Utah in Top 10 for Americorps Volunteerism

Apr 15, 2015
Corporation for National and Community Service

For the first time since its inception 20 years ago, Americorps has released the states and cities that produce the highest number of volunteers. Provo is ranked number four among mid-size cities and Utah is ranked eighth overall, which Americorps director Bill Basl says is not surprising.

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A group of professional urban designers and architects are meeting this week to lay out plans to redesign Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park.

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Salt Lake City is poised to introduce new housing options for the city’s most needy residents.

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Homeless families have a new church they can turn to for help in Salt Lake County.  Leaders at Trinity Methodist in Kearns have decided to become a host church for the Family Promise Interfaith Network.

As a host church, Trinity Methodist will shelter families for a week at a time. Senior pastor Reverend Rob Bruendl says they are expecting their first homeless family on Sunday.

Homelessness Still Declining in Utah

Oct 8, 2014
Utah Department of Workforce Services

  Utah has made substantial progress in the past few years providing service to homeless people across the state.  But some new challenges in meeting their needs were discussed at the state’s annual Homeless Summit meeting.

Utah’s overall homeless population has dropped by about nine percent over the past year.  That’s partly due to an improving economy.  The annual count in January put the number of homeless at about 13-thousand people, and that includes some who’ve come to Utah hoping to find work.

Salt Lake City officials have outlined a number of new efforts to combat homelessness and crime in the downtown area recently. In addition to Salt Lake City’s new Metro Support Bureau, the city is trying to making more housing available to those who need it most.

The new Metro Support Bureau is located at The Gateway Mall, about a block from Pioneer Park.  Officers there have arrested more than 400 criminals in the area since it was created in early July. But Chief Burbank says arrests alone will not solve the problems that plague the neighborhood.

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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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