Salt Lake County makes population designations for homeless shelters

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Salt Lake County has decided where certain segments of the homeless population will be among three new shelters in the county. 
 
A spokeswoman for Salt Lake County says the designations were decided at a homeless commission meeting Thursday. 
 
The designations are as follows: 
  • The shelter for men will be in South Salt Lake at 3380 South 1000 West. 
  • Women and children will utilize the shelter at 131 East 700 South in Salt Lake City.
  • The shelter for a mixed population of men and women will located at 275 West High Avenue in Salt Lake City. 
These three locations will join an already existing shelter in Midvale to serve the homeless community in Salt Lake County. 
 
City and county officials have said their plan is to "break up the population currently being served in Salt Lake City in order to better support the needs of specific populations." 
 
South South Lake says the city has been told that none of the resource centers are for the chronic homeless and that the men's center will be for working men in transition, who need short-term assistance minimal healthcare. 
 
"Our public safety, transportation and economic development teams are meeting weekly and working very hard to accurately understand and prepare for potential impacts so we can demand the necessary funding that we deserve, " said South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood. 
 
The city is also actively trying to secure a position on the board of the organization slated to oversee the new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake County.
 
"Our close involvement with the Shelter the Homeless will ensure that we have a voice in all decision making." said Wood in a statement Thursday evening. 
 
Janell Fluckiger with the Shelter the Homeless organization says population designations were chosen based on proximity to services necessary to those specific populations and the density of the population.  She says the South Salt Lake site will be better suited for men because it'll be the largest and will be the population that doesn't require as many services. 

This is developing story. We'll have more information about the county decision as it becomes available. 

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