Decision nearing on final homeless shelter site


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The county held it’s final open house meeting to discuss the seven proposed sites for the final homeless resource center. The sites are still meeting heavy resistance from residence who said they don’t want it in their neighborhoods.

The meeting was focused on the two newest sites in South Salt Lake which were announced within the last week. Both are empty lots near 3300 South and 900 West just blocks from the county jail.

Boyd Marshall is a South Salt Lake resident who worries even the new sites away from many neighborhoods could still be a burden.

“The homelessness isn’t the issue, it’s everything else that goes with it,” said Marshall. “We’re a poor city how are we going to afford to pay for all the resources that need to be taken care of. That worries us.”

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams was also at the meeting to talk with residents about the proposal. He said no matter where the site goes they may need to look into extra resources for security measures.

“If there is a need for an additional police officer in a location then we would make sure that happens,” said Mayor McAdams. “That would have to be part of the commitment from the state and the county.”

West Valley City and South Salt Lake have been outspoken for nearly a month after the sites were announced. Some have even hinted at possible legal action if the sites are put in their city.

Mayor McAdams didn’t directly answer what would happen in that case, but notes they will take on issues as they come.

“I’m sure that there will be various hurtles and we will cross them when we come to them,” said Mayor McAdams.

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