Hear from faith leaders and people working in homeless services about the recent surge in family homelessness and learn why the Coalition of Religious Communities is asking Governor Cox to call a special session of the Utah Legislature to appropriate funding to convert a motel into a second family shelter and increase funding for motel vouchers until the second shelter is opened.
For the first time in over twenty years, families with infants, toddlers and other children are being turned away from shelter in Utah because there is not space for all the families that need help. The Coalition of Religious Communities is asking Governor Cox to call a special session of the Utah Legislature to solve this problem. When families were removed from the old downtown shelter in Salt Lake City in 2017 the maximum number of beds available for families with children declined by 200 beds. At that time there were 40 motel vouchers a week made available to help keep families with children inside. Now there is only funding for 10 motel vouchers and the number of homeless families is surging.
The obvious solution to this crisis is to purchase a motel to convert into a second family shelter, with individual rooms for families, and to increase funding for motel vouchers to the meet the full need until the new family shelter is open.