Controversial homeless resource center taken off the table

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – State, county and city leaders are reversing course on the plan to help homeless Utahns get back on their feet.

The plan to build four new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake City came under intense fire by neighbors who were left out of the process.

Today local leaders say those voices were heard.

“We are not stubborn enough to not let good information drive good decisions, so as more information came in, as that collaborative nature continued to grow we saw that we had other options,” said Speaker of the House Greg Hughes, (R) Draper.

Those other options include dropping two of the proposed sites in Salt Lake City.

The Simpson Avenue and 600 West locations are now off the table.

The resource centers on 700 South and High Avenue will hold up to 200 people each, and serve single men and single women.

“These centers are places of hope being built to help those most in need access treatment, and resources to put them on a path to independence and a life reinvented,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski.

The plan also includes an existing family center in Midvale and an additional resource center outside of Salt Lake City limits in Salt Lake County.

“We will facilitate that process and make that selection together with other stake holders who will help, and guide that selection process,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

The two remaining sites in Salt Lake City fall into Representative Angela Romero’s district. She has mixed emotions about the changes.

“My constituents are wondering why, why us again, but at the same time we need to make sure we’re taking care of everyone,” said Romero, (D) Salt Lake City.

And that’s what this group made up of state, county and city leaders from both sides of the isle says it’s determined to do.

The deadline to select the site outside of Salt Lake City is the end of next month.

Speaker Hughes also set a hard deadline to close the current shelter downtown. He wants it done by June 30, 2019.

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