SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Construction on a $14 million homeless resource center started Monday. It’s the first of three centers aimed at solving the state’s homeless problem.
Strategically located across from the Department of Workforce Services at 131 South 700 East, the resource center will focus on women recovering from domestic violence and addiction.
“It’s new hope for so many people,” Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said.
The Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center will span 60,000 square feet. Giving shelter to 200 women at night, it will also provide medical, employment and long-term housing services.
Utah businessman Pat King donated $4 million to the project. It’s named after his mother who struggled to raise seven children by herself.
“My mom’s legacy is self-sufficiancy and giving back,” King said.
It’s the first of three controversial resource centers, each dedicated to men, women and families, with a new approach to minimize homelessness.
“For too long, we’ve been warehousing our homeless friends, just giving them a place to stay, getting them some food, making sure they can stay alive and that’s it,” Lt. Governor Spencer Cox said.
“We want smaller populations where we really can treat people like individuals, address their root problems and help them help themselves,” Mayor McAdams said.
The center is expected to open July 2019. The groundbreaking on a second facility is expected in June.