Category Archives: Homeless Services

Homeless Resource Center Discussion with Mayor’s Office

Now that the Homeless Resource Center Sites have been chosen and community 648 winformation sessions held, you probably still have questions about how those Resource Centers will operate. Please come to the next Fairpark Community Council meeting, February 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Northwest Community Center to learn more. There will be a discussion with Salt Lake City Mayor’s staff, David Litvak, Deputy Chief of Staff and Moana Uluave-Hafoka, Community Council Liaison.

The purpose of the discussion is to hear your ideas on how these Resource Centers can achieve their objective of assisting people experiencing homelessness into
homes. There will also be an opportunity for you to share your ideas on how the Mayor’s office and Salt Lake City Council can assist in the improvement of our community.
Your ideas are important! Don’t miss this chance to share them with officials from Salt Lake City. Please refer to the article on Homeless Resource Centers in the January 2017 edition of the Fairpark Gazette. The article is also posted at the Fairpark Community Council website.

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Homeless Resource Center at 648 W 100 S

Last month Salt Lake City announced four sites for the new homeless resource centers. One of these sites is half a block from the Fairpark Community Council area at 648 W 100 S. Currently, the land is owned by the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency (RDA), and there is a community garden run by Wasatch Community Gardens at the site.

The criteria the city used in choosing this site were:

  • that neighborhood and homeless services are easily accessible
  • it is highly connected through multiple modes of public transportation
  • the size and location allow for creative integration with the surrounding neighborhood.

This site will require a zoning text amendment and conditional use approval. The 648 wprocess could take about a year before breaking ground at the 100 S site.

While we as a Community Council welcome the new Resource Center close to our neighborhood, we recognize that for many, this is a worrying prospect. We hope
that with the new scattered site model and the eventual closure of the Road Home Shelter, the concentration of people experiencing homelessness and those who prey
on them will be reduced in the area, and the spillover effects we have seen in our community the past few years will also go down.

We will continue to stay engaged in the conversation about the design of the Resource Center, what populations will be housed there, and how to mitigate any
negative effects that may come from the proximity of this site to North Temple and our Community Council.

At our February 23rd meeting, we will have representatives from the city in attendance to answer questions/concerns from community members.

Fairpark Community Council Hosts SLC Mayoral Candidate Forum

The Fairpark Community Council hosted a Candidate Forum for Salt Lake City Mayor to a packed house at its meeting on June 25 at the Northwest Community Center in Fairpark.  All 5 candidates, or their representatives, participated in the brief introduction and overview of their races, followed by a group Q&A session. Good4Utah.com (Channel 4) recorded the session and posted their piece here.

The following is a recap of the candidate presentations.

Mayor Ralph Becker

Mayor Ralph Becker

Ralph Becker – Mayor Becker is has been in office for 8 years.  His administration has rejuvenated the downtown, made significant improvements in transportation and has implemented equal rights policies in housing and employment.  The city boasts #1 status in the U.S. for job creation and is in the top 10 cities for sustainability and livability. The city has initiatives in place that have decreased the carbon footprint, but there is much work still to be done, according to the Mayor. While the city has increased prosperity, the city has initiated a “5,000 Doors” campaign due to the increasing disparity with people regarding income and housing.

Jackie Biskupski

Jackie Biskupski

Jackie Biskupski – Jackie Biskupski’s representative was on hand as she was at a scheduled campaign event. “She will listen” was the prevailing theme of her platform. Biskupski was a legislator for 13 years and enjoyed a close working relationship with the city during her tenure on many issues. She understands the West Side issues, including resources for things like infrastructure, street lights, clean river, a safe community, protected bike lanes, safe crosswalks, and economic development.

George Chapman

George Chapman

George Chapman – According to Chapman, issues have been ignored with regards to transportation, homelessness, safety and many other city issues. Chapman’s platform is based on the need for more police, more transit service, protection of open space and better air quality.

 

City Council Chair Luke Garrott

City Council Chair Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott – Currently a Salt Lake City Council Chair, Garrott’s campaign is focusing on public transit, clean energy production and affordable housing options in all neighborhoods. All neighborhoods should have better resources and be engaged in “participating budgeting” to have a voice in what is funded in their areas.

 

Dave Robinson

Dave Robinson

Dave Robinson – Robinson is a first time candidate for office in the political system. An owner of multiple businesses, he has a strong interest in building and development. Robinson’s platform will focus on better public transportation, homelessness, the rights of property owners, issues that affect the housing market and affordable housing.

 

Q & A (Ms. Biskupski was not represented in the formal Q&A due to her prior commitment)

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Open House for Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission

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The Homeless Services Site Selection Evaluation Committee sponsored the Open House event on April 29 at the Salt Lake City and County Building.The purpose was to gather public feedback regarding the Community Commitments and Values. Additionally, the committee was seeking input regarding the identified Factors for Success. These values and factors, when combined, will help the committee determine the most appropriate location and configuration of day-to-day homeless services.

Additionally, the committee was seeking input regarding the identified Factors for Success. These values and factors, when combined, will help the committee determine the most appropriate location and configuration of day-to-day homeless services. Continue reading

Pioneer Park Coalition: Trouble Brewing

The Salt Lake Tribune has published an article on the Pioneer Park Coalition’s troubles with members withdrawing. The Road Home and Crossroads Urban Center have officially withdrawn their membership.

The Road Home shelter is officially out of the Pioneer Park Coalition — the second homeless-service provider to leave — after top coalition leaders’ presentation earlier this month seeking funding from the state Legislature for a housing project on west North Temple.

Matt Minkevitch, executive director of The Road Home, said his organization left the coalition because it cannot sign on to such initiatives without the approval of its board of directors. He added, however, that The Road Home will continue to work with the coalition.

The leaders of the Coalition, according to the article, gave a presentation to the Legislature on the request for state funds to build housing based on the consent of all Coalition members.

In their Feb. 11 presentation to the Legislature, coalition executives Scott Howell, Bryson Garbett, Josh Romney and Jonathan Harmon listed 85 group members ­— including The Road Home — as supporting the request for $1 million in state funds to build housing units on Salt Lake City’s west side.

“We wanted to make sure we were not implying consent for various programs without the consent of our board,” Minkevitch said. “But we consider ourselves a friend of the coalition.”

Last week, the executive director of the Crossroads Urban Center, Glenn Bailey, resigned from the coalition because, he said, it listed his organization as one of the supporters of the housing proposal on the west side. Bailey said he hadn’t seen the plan and would never have supported the proposed sites. He complained the coalition was operating in a top-down fashion that left most members out of decision making and suggested it had an unspoken agenda of moving homeless services out of the Rio Grande area.

 

Read the article here.