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The issue of homelessness is a complex one…our view is to pursue a holistic approach which includes housing, healthy food, self-governance, re-skilling and community support.

In 2005, the State of Utah set out to fix a problem that’s often thought of as unfixable: chronic homelessness. The state had almost two thousand chronically homeless people. Most of them had mental-health or substance-abuse issues, or both. At the time, the standard approach was to try to make homeless people “housing ready”: first, you got people into shelters or halfway houses and put them into treatment; only when they made progress could they get a chance at permanent housing. Utah, though, embraced a different strategy, called Housing First: it started by just giving the homeless homes. 

Source: Our solution is also a ‘Housing First’ approach:
Housing is treatment:
  • Fewer Emergency Room visits
  • Safety and security of person & effects
  • Better quality of life
  • Reduce substance abuse
  • Shelter from inclement weather
  • Reduce involvement with police and criminal justice systems
  • Significant financial savings to the community
  • Reduce fire danger from un-permitted campfires

    Community Concerns of the Homeless are:

    • Un-permitted & unsafe camping
    • Fire dangers & environmental degradation
    • Multiple public health concerns
      • No sewage/bathrooms
    • Animals needing care
    • High cost of Emergency Room & Hospital visits
    • Effect on beauty of historical district
    • Behaviors that alienate local business owners and tourists.

    Challenges and Barriers for the Homeless include:

    • Risk of illness or death, by being unsheltered
    • Low to zero income, lack of employment, & limited job opportunities which can’t afford any type of housing
    • No access to basic hygiene facilities
    • No transportation to access support systems
    • Substance misuse/overuse and behavioral health struggles
    • Multiple unaddressed physical and dental health needs.

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