Salt Lake City Homelessness

Salt Lake City Homelessness

As mayor I will be an active and supportive partner of the Utah Homeless Coordinating Committee.  Upon the opening of all three new resource centers,City Hall must quickly assess their effectiveness in reducing the number of people experiencing hopelessness and sleeping on our streets.

Should the resource centers not achieve our goals, I will have the political will and humane consciousness to act swiftly. I will make sure we provide safe, welcoming (and bed-bug-free)shelter, warmth, nutrition, work-counseling, work-placement, mental health care, and medical care for homeless men, women and children.

I will effectively address the shelter resistant population. It is inhumane to have people sleeping on our streets, and it is not good for communities to have people living on our streets. “Functional zero” people living on our streets can be achieved.

  • Salt Lake City’s homelessness problem is at crisis pitch. The number of people sleeping on the streets is estimated as high as 3,000. As we all know, this is not just a “downtown” problem. I have met with thousands of residents throughout Salt Lake City and I share in the concerns expressed to me by almost everyone.
  • I will provide the leadership necessary to solve this problem. There has been enough talk from politicians. We need leaders who know how to research, collaborate, and then make it happen. Those impacted include residents from Poplar Grove to Popperton Park, from Capitol Hill to Country Club Drive, from downtown to Dillard Elementary, from Rose Park to the entire stretch of the Jordan River. We’re all in this together – and we can find and achieve the solutions.
  • Our homelessness problem is a result of poor planning and a lack of political will.
  • We have an obligation to our residents and our visitors. We are all entitled to enjoy our great city, our public places, and our neighborhoods knowing we are safe and that we can be proud of our city.