South Salt Lake chosen for new homeless center

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has announced the location chosen for the new homeless resource center. The new facility providing service and opportunities to the homeless of Salt Lake City will be located in South Salt Lake at 3380 S. 1000 West. McAdams recommended the site Friday morning in a letter to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, chairman of the state's Homeless Coordinating Committee. The site is currently owned by Utah Nonprofit Housing Corp, and deemed to be non taxable land.

The pick is one of nine possible sites that were being considered. Of those nine three were in West Valley City, four in South Salt Lake, and two in Draper. However, residents that would be affected by each of the sites, concerned about the potential for increased drug use and a possible crime spike, have been very vocal in their opposition to the proposal.

The new center is one of several that the county is planning to build over the next few years. The goal is to be able to shut down the Road Home by 2019, while still having the resources to provide adequate care. The Homeless Coordinating Committee is expected to finalize a decision by April 10.

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