Biskupski, McAdams address plans to tackle homelessness in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski sat alongside Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams Tuesday night addressing plans to tackle the challenge of homelessness.

"I'm very excited by the opportunity to bring Salt Lake City back to the forefront in these discussions and to be a key partner in the work that we'll be doing," BIskupski said.

McAdams and Biskupski are working together on a plan that started prior to Biskupski taking office. Salt Lake County provides most of the services to the homeless population, but many of those are offered within Salt Lake City, making their partnership moving forward a key to success.

The county is asking the state legislature for $20 million to address the issue.

Mayor McAdams said on Tuesday night, he was happy to report Gov. Gary Herbert included $6 million in his proposed budget. After the meeting, he said that is not a setback, but a good sign.

McAdams plans to work with the state legislature to get the full amount, noting it may come over a period of several years to fit the need to build out the services.

On the wish list, affordable housing, emergency shelters, education and other assistance services for the homeless population.

Biskupski said the services would enable them to get back to independence in an effective and efficient way.

12 comments

  • Dave T

    Salt Lake City needs new innovative ways to improve city services, and solve the homeless/panhandling problem to make it the best city in the country.
    Promote 211-number to social programs to help people. The homeless, runaways, veterans, the elderly, children and the poor will be able to use this number to finding needed assistance. Place pay phones, it would be free to call 211, for the homeless to use at transportation hubs. Perhaps a person needs mental health care, drug abuse assistance, jobs training, need transportation, or could use eyeglasses. If the police find some situations where the people need social assistance, they would call 211 for a social worker. This way police can move on to other calls. By calling 211 when some situations do not require 911. Citizens who are walking by panhandlers could also call for a social worker as well.
    Place video screens at frontrunner and the TRAX stations to promote local businesses, show short inspirational videos, promote the 211 services, and advertise a new “211” twitter account for people to donate to the homeless programs. Signage could be placed at locations where people like to panhandle that would read, give to the homeless, twitter money by way of a new “211” city account instead.
    As there is the power of putting things in writing I hope leaders will consider its merits to finally solve this homeless/panhandling problem in the great City of Salt Lake.

    • bob

      Hand out free money. Send a limo to pick them up. Throw a Homeless Parade.

      Everything being suggested will INCREASE the problem. “Inspirational videos”….LOL! That’s great! Inspire them to stop being homeless. Brilliant.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      When you have an ultra liberal lesbian running the show working people need to keep one hand on their wallets. The motto of socialist democrats is “you’ve got it and we want it”.

  • BOB

    The best way to stop panhandling is to cut off their source. Give your contributions the the charities trying to help them, and not to people begging for money on the street.

  • bob III

    Just round them up give them housing in a zoo and call it Hobo Zoo. You could have signs describing their characteristics eating habits drug usage etc.

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Throwing money at homeless people is exactly like feeding birds. The more you give them the more they tell their friends, and the more they’ll become dependent on others to take care of them. Divide 20 million dollars equally among 1,000 of them and they’ll each have $20,000 to spend on alcohol and drugs.

  • 8ch

    “Perhaps some have created their own difficulties, but don’t the rest of us do exactly the same thing? Isn’t that why this compassionate ruler asks, “Are we not all beggars?” Don’t we all cry out for help and hope and answers to prayers? Don’t we all beg for forgiveness for mistakes we have made and troubles we have caused? Don’t we all implore that grace will compensate for our weaknesses, that mercy will triumph over justice at least in our case? Little wonder that King Benjamin says we obtain a remission of our sins by pleading to God, who compassionately responds, but we retain a remission of our sins by compassionately responding to the poor who plead to us” ~ Holland

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Get off your phony high horse 8CH. It is one thing for people to voluntarily contribute to charities which many of us do, and it is another thing to have government reach into the wallets of hard working people and give to people who are able to work but won’t.

      This isn’t Detroit where the Democrats think money grows on trees.

  • TRISH RAMIREZ

    One week on the job and Biskupski is already asking for money. We’d all be better off if she’d concentrate on marrying her girlfriend and leaving the taxpayers alone.

  • That1chic73

    Amazing, consider that the largest corporate church in the world, the Momons don’t do anything to help.
    I can’t believe they hold billions in that church and do NOTHING to help the homeless. Disgusting

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