SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Two new homeless facilities are coming to Salt Lake City, but where should they go, and what services should they offer? That is what a planning commission is trying to figure out this month.
After months of planning, preparing, and persuading, officials are finally mapping out details of building the two resource centers — one for men and one for women. The Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission is not yet sure where to put the facilities. What officials say they do know is that they have one chance to transform the current homeless situation, and they have a lot to consider.
“[We’re looking at] things like easy access not just to shelter beds but case managers, medical services, meals, other services all in a single site,” said Elizabeth Buehler, Civic Engagement Manager for Salt Lake City.
That is why commissioners are now checking out the newest, most efficient facilities across the Wasatch Front. For the whole month of September, project leaders and members of the public are invited to tour local resource centers. They say they hope to get ideas for how to build the new shelters and learn what is working.
The Lantern House in Ogden is one of the tour stops. Watch the attached video to see how one of Utah’s newest, most strategically designed facilities is making a difference.
After completing their tours, commissioners plan on taking the best parts about each resource center they visit and building them into a proposal, which they will present to the public in October.