Originally published by D.J. Bolerjack in Fox 13 on December 4, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY -- As fall begins to fade away and the snow starts to hit the ground, Utah’s homeless populations that roam, and even sleeps outside, rush to the shelters for warmth. Matt Minkevitch, Executive Director of the Road Home Shelter in [...]
Originally published by Glen Mills in ABC 4 on December 4, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – As you open your hearts and wallets this holiday season, local officials are reminding you to be smart with your donations. When we see someone on the streets in need we want to help, but often those [...]
Originally published by Katie McKellar in Deseret News on December 4, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — Jared Arvanitas, manager for the Downtown Alliance's ambassador program, says he and his team walk an average of 13 miles a day in their work to help those living on the streets. Arvanitas' breath wisped in the air as [...]
Originally published by Brittany Johnson in ABC4 on October 12, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Hundreds of Utah’s homeless community received more than 200 medical, hygiene and grooming services for free on Friday. More than 800 community volunteers and 90 service providers teamed up to connect those experiencing homelessness with the services. Salt [...]
Originally published by Fox 13 on September 25, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — The Road Home homeless shelter on Rio Grande Street in Salt Lake City will be sold to the State of Utah. According to a news release from the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Shelter the Homeless will announce the sale Tuesday afternoon. [...]
Originally published by Katie McKellar in Deseret News on September 25, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — More than a year after the launch of Operation Rio Grande to clean up Salt Lake City's most infamous neighborhood, it appears the city still faces some public perception challenges when it comes to homelessness and panhandling. A new Utah [...]
U.S. Cities Used to Have Low-Rent, Short-Term, Dorm-Style Housing. Is That What Utah’s Homeless Need?
Originally published by Matthew Piper in Deseret News on September 1, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — It’s not what was inside his room that Jeff Stant was most grateful for — not the bug-free bed, the clean sink, the personal minifridge or the second-story window view of the street outside. It was the door locked [...]
‘Where Do They Go?’: With Prices Rising, Advocates Urge Utah Leaders to Focus on Affordable Housing to Help Reduce Homelessness
Originally published by Tony Semerad in The Salt Lake Tribune on August 19, 2018 As officials dissect the first year of Operation Rio Grande, some are pointing to deep structural problems in Utah's housing markets as a major contributor to homelessness. State, county and city leaders touted their progress last week in the police and social-services campaign, [...]
On Top for Year 2 of Operation Rio Grande? Stop the Dispersement of Drug Dealing and Find Jobs for People Who Are Homeless.
Originally published by Taylor W. Anderson in The Salt Lake Tribune on August 14, 2018 A collection of state, county and city officials who came up with the campaign on crime and homelessness centered in downtown Salt Lake City met Tuesday to recap the successes they’ve had so far in improving conditions around the 1,100-bed shelter in [...]
Originally published by Katie McKellar in Deseret News on August 14, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — Almost exactly one year ago, Amy Daeschel, 40, was arrested for outstanding warrants the while living for two years on "the block" — where drug addicts and drug dealers would mingle among Utah's homeless population in Salt Lake City's [...]