SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Documents obtained by ABC4 show a to-do list, pages long, that South Salt Lake has sent to the group tasked with opening the men’s shelter in South Salt Lake.
The documents show just how much needs to be done before opening the men’s shelter, which was set to open in July 2019 but has now been pushed back.
The Salt Lake Community Shelter that is operated by The Road Home will be closing later than anticipated*.
Conditional use documents, obtained by ABC4, show the city appears to be trying to minimize the impact of the men’s shelter in South Salt Lake.
South Salt Lake sent the letter to Shelter the Homeless last week. Shelter the Homeless is in charge of the transition and is the applicant named in the documents.
Some requirements include:
- Installation of a pedestrian triggered, lighted crosswalk at 3300 S and 1000 W
- A 24-hour CCTV for the facility site and some nearby areas
- South Salt Lake Police should have live-stream access 24-7
In addition, the property will be limited to up to 300 men who can’t be there for more than 45 days.
No walk-in or “day service” is allowed, and you must be properly referred, according to the South Salt Lake documents.
The city is mandating the use of a metal detector at the doors.
Also, Shelter the Homeless must “transition each resident into appropriate housing no less than 1/2 mile from the facility” when their stay is up.
If those residents decline that placement, the shelter is required to, “transport that resident to his jurisdiction of origin in the Salt Lake Valley, at the end of his stay,” according to the documents.
Shelter the Homeless wasn’t available for an interview, but ABC4 was told they’ve received the documents and they are reviewing them at this time.
*Clarification: The Road Home as an agency will continue to provide emergency shelter in the new Men’s Resource Center and Midvale Family Center, supportive services including case management, and housing programs.