When Salt Lake City officials announced the proposed sites of four future homeless shelters, opposition from the public was swift and fierce. The new shelters are meant to help people get off the street, while also reducing crime and stress downtown. But residents near the proposed sites say they were cut out of the decision process and that the shelters will endanger their neighborhoods. Thursday, we’re examining the crisis of homelessness in Salt Lake City and the new plan to address it.
Whittney Evans is a KUER News reporter.
Ben McAdams is the Salt Lake County Mayor.
Derek Kitchen is a member of the Salt Lake City Council, representing District 4.
Pamela Atkinson is a longtime advocate for homeless, low-income, and refugee families and individuals in Utah, an advisor to Governor Gary Herbert, and the namesake of the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund.