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Giving back: 8 hours with a homeless center volunteer

Giving back: 8 hours with a homeless center volunteer

Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz, KSL.com  |  Posted May 15 - 10:14 a.m.

KSL.com followed a volunteer for 8 hours to see what volunteering is like at a homeless resource center. Cooking food and folding clothes are just a few of the things this volunteer does every day — all to help better the lives of homeless youth.
Meet Utah's homeless: Nikki urges people to show 'kindness and understanding'

Meet Utah's homeless: Nikki urges people to show 'kindness and understanding'

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted May 15 - 8:00 a.m.

KSL.com’s “Homeless” series is featuring four individuals experiencing homelessness in the Salt Lake Valley. This is Nikki's story.
Meet Utah's homeless: Terry's story of choice and chance

Meet Utah's homeless: Terry's story of choice and chance

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted May 8 - 7:49 a.m.

KSL.com’s “Homeless” series is featuring four individuals experiencing homelessness in the Salt Lake Valley. This is Terry's story.
Homeless in Utah: What happened to Rio Grande crime after Operation Rio Grande?

Homeless in Utah: What happened to Rio Grande crime after Operation Rio Grande?

Carter Williams and Josh Furlong, KSL.com  |  Posted May 8 - 9:32 a.m.

Why did the state feel a need for such a dramatic approach to crime?
How a Salt Lake clinic keeps homeless people coming back to get well

How a Salt Lake clinic keeps homeless people coming back to get well

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted May 1 - 7:30 a.m.

Most of the patients at the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City are repeat customers.
Unaffordable Utah: Housing crisis hits renters hardest

Unaffordable Utah: Housing crisis hits renters hardest

Ladd Egan, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 30 - 8:57 a.m.

According University of Utah researchers, Utah's housing situation is more dire for renters, with one in five at risk of becoming homeless.
New Utah program continues effort to provide housing for Salt Lake's homeless

New Utah program continues effort to provide housing for Salt Lake's homeless

Lauren Bennett, KSL  |  Posted April 29 - 8:07 p.m.

The program will provide 100 eligible people experiencing homelessness with vouchers, totaling more than $1 million in value, to move into market-rate housing.
Meet Utah's homeless: Tonya's story of redemption and recovery

Meet Utah's homeless: Tonya's story of redemption and recovery

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted April 24 - 7:03 a.m.

KSL.com’s “Homeless” series will feature four individuals experiencing homelessness in the Salt Lake Valley. This is Tonya's story.
It’s not just about a home: What homeless people lose

It’s not just about a home: What homeless people lose

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted April 24 - 8:18 a.m.

The act of becoming homeless results in tremendous loss, far beyond a home and physical belongings. Salt Lake City’s homeless population has lost a lot, from personal identification credentials to a sense of purpose and self-worth.
Meet Utah's homeless: Austin's story of addiction and loss

Meet Utah's homeless: Austin's story of addiction and loss

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted April 17 - 7:13 a.m.

For the next four weeks, KSL.com’s “Homeless” series will feature four individuals experiencing homelessness in the Salt Lake Valley. This is Austin's story.
Homelessness resources: How to get medical treatment if you're in need

Homelessness resources: How to get medical treatment if you're in need

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted April 17 - 8:09 a.m.

Here is a list of public health care facilities that provide medical services to those in need.
How to donate to the homeless in Salt Lake City

How to donate to the homeless in Salt Lake City

KSL.com  |  Updated April 17 - 9:27 a.m.

Here's where and when you can drop items off to help people experiencing homelessness in the Salt Lake area.
'We've never seen anything like this': As the West's housing market rages, Utah faces a 'severe imbalance'

'We've never seen anything like this': As the West's housing market rages, Utah faces a 'severe imbalance'

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 14 - 11:27 a.m.

Utah is among the top states in the West and the nation with record-breaking housing price increases — and is now facing a "severe imbalance" in its housing market.
VA officials offer help, supplies for homeless veterans as winter approaches

VA officials offer help, supplies for homeless veterans as winter approaches

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 6 - 8:34 p.m.

The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System's annual homeless veteran "stand down" event Wednesday was an attempt to connect with veterans before winter arrives.
Salt Lake City mayor bans new homeless shelters for next 6 months

Salt Lake City mayor bans new homeless shelters for next 6 months

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 5 - 4:05 p.m.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall wants to ban the creation of any new, permanent homeless shelters in her city for the next six months.
St. Vincent's Kitchen Academy combats homelessness in Utah through culinary skills

St. Vincent's Kitchen Academy combats homelessness in Utah through culinary skills

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 4 - 8:57 p.m.

Instead of "out of the fire and into the frying pan," Catholic Community Services has opted for "off the streets and into the kitchen" with its St. Vincent's Kitchen Academy program.
'Worse than Afghanistan': Pioneer Park Coalition members criticize government leaders' homelessness approach

'Worse than Afghanistan': Pioneer Park Coalition members criticize government leaders' homelessness approach

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 8:17 p.m.

Just one week after Salt Lake City's mayor and police chief held a press conference in Pioneer Park saying the city's overall crime trends were headed in a better direction, Pioneer Park Coalition members gathered in the same place to deliver a scathing review of that assessment and the leaders who gave it.
Who Salt Lake City mayor thinks should help create hundreds of more beds for the homeless

Who Salt Lake City mayor thinks should help create hundreds of more beds for the homeless

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Aug. 5 - 6:37 p.m.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall on Thursday backed the call to add 300 additional emergency shelter beds to Salt Lake County's homeless system.
Possible site unveiled for Salt Lake City's tiny home village to house homeless

Possible site unveiled for Salt Lake City's tiny home village to house homeless

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted July 30 - 7:01 p.m.

The site under consideration for a future Salt Lake City tiny home village to house over 400 of the chronically homeless has been unveiled.
'We as a family and community failed Shawna': Homeless woman dies amid heat, mental health crisis

'We as a family and community failed Shawna': Homeless woman dies amid heat, mental health crisis

Katie McKellar, Deseret News and Katie Workman, KSL.com  |  Posted July 14 - 6:15 a.m.

In an obituary that's sparked remorse and outrage on social media, a Salt Lake woman's family blames failures in Utah's mental health system for her death "alone on the streets."
Why director says homeless camps 'made sense' for Salt Lake City

Why director says homeless camps 'made sense' for Salt Lake City

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted June 13 - 4:40 p.m.

Salt Lake's director of homelessness says small camps have been one of the only options to handle the area's ever-growing number of homeless amid the pandemic.
Drugs still an issue inside homeless centers — here's what auditors say should change

Drugs still an issue inside homeless centers — here's what auditors say should change

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted May 19 - 1:33 p.m.

When state auditors recently visited the Men's Resource Center in South Salt Lake, accompanying police officers said they could smell the burning scent of the chemical-laced drug Spice.
'We did it': Utahns achieve $10 million matching grant from Miller Foundation for new homeless centers

'We did it': Utahns achieve $10 million matching grant from Miller Foundation for new homeless centers

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted May 12 - 10:30 p.m.

Almost four years after Utah business mogul Gail Miller and her family vowed to match up to $10 million in donations for Utah's three new homeless resource centers in the Salt Lake area, that match has officially been met.
New study finds Utah landlords want to help homeless, but don't know how

New study finds Utah landlords want to help homeless, but don't know how

John Wojcik, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted May 6 - 6:21 p.m.

A new study finds that landlords in northern Utah would like to help reduce homelessness, although many aren't aware of local resources at their disposal.
Property owner calls on city to fix issues at nearby homeless camp

Property owner calls on city to fix issues at nearby homeless camp

Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 28 - 8:59 a.m.

After several recent crimes, including a homicide, a property owner called on city and state leaders, as well as police, to take action and close a nearby homeless camp.
Securing a safeguard: Local nonprofit works to vaccinate Utah's homeless population

Securing a safeguard: Local nonprofit works to vaccinate Utah's homeless population

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted April 11 - 4:12 p.m.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fourth Street Clinic could provide healthcare inside an RV to individuals experiencing homelessness. Social distancing put a stop to that. One year later, they've adjusted to the need for medical care and vaccinations.
'Confusing leadership' spurs call for central office on homelessness to combat the issue

'Confusing leadership' spurs call for central office on homelessness to combat the issue

Ashley Imlay, Deseret News  |  Updated Feb. 17 - 10:52 a.m.

HB347, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, would create an Office of Homeless Services within the Department of Workforce Services.
'We're out here because of trauma': Being homeless in Utah in winter during COVID-19

'We're out here because of trauma': Being homeless in Utah in winter during COVID-19

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 14 - 4:19 p.m.

"And it's like OK, what's worse, possibly getting COVID or getting exposed to COVID, or being on the street and the trauma that happens to folks on the street?"
Salt Lake City launches online homeless services dashboard showing nightly shelter capacity

Salt Lake City launches online homeless services dashboard showing nightly shelter capacity

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 11 - 7:53 p.m.

A new webpage on the Salt Lake City government site aggregates resources, information and answers about homelessness in the city, including a chart listing how full each permanent shelter was the previous night.
Pence receives coronavirus vaccine Friday morning

Pence receives coronavirus vaccine Friday morning

Maegan Vazquez and Betsy Klein, CNN  |  Posted Dec. 18 - 7:11 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence received the coronavirus vaccine Friday morning, an on-camera event that the Trump administration says is part of federal efforts to build confidence among the public in the vaccine's safety and efficacy.
'We just really wanted a way to give back': Utah hospital creates care kits for newly homeless

'We just really wanted a way to give back': Utah hospital creates care kits for newly homeless

Daedan Olander, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 8 - 1:35 p.m.

In this season of giving, staff from Lone Peak Hospital in Draper have decided to send a special thank you to some of their most vulnerable patients.
Utah fumbling homelessness goals, needs major structural overhaul, report says

Utah fumbling homelessness goals, needs major structural overhaul, report says

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Updated Nov. 10 - 6:47 p.m.

Utah policy researchers published a report identifying major problems within the state's current homeless governance structure and issued a list of recommendations to fix them.
Actor Chris Pratt sends autographed photo to Utah 7th grader

Actor Chris Pratt sends autographed photo to Utah 7th grader

Cami Mondeaux, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Nov. 6 - 8:46 p.m.

Actor Chris Pratt surprised a seventh grade student from West Jordan Middle School with an autographed photo featuring his character Peter Quill from the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies.
Utah school districts implement safety protocols for bus drivers, students

Utah school districts implement safety protocols for bus drivers, students

Dan Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 13 - 8:13 a.m.

It’s a new day for school bus drivers as they prepare to be in very tight quarters with hundreds of students a day.
Salt Lake Valley homelessness leaders making plans for winter in pandemic

Salt Lake Valley homelessness leaders making plans for winter in pandemic

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 5 - 4:03 p.m.

After a winter fraught with difficulties as Salt Lake County transitioned its homeless population into a new shelter system, homelessness leaders are already working to create overflow options for this winter amid social distancing.