Downtown Farmers Market | Salt Lake City | 2018 Preview

Downtown Farmers Market | Salt Lake City | 2018 Preview

Entering its 27th year, the Downtown Farmers Market is one of those events that the city’s residents look forward to all year. Not only is this a beloved event, but it is also one that works to promote and support local farms and small businesses. Distributors who attend the market can offer their products to the public directly.

Downtown farmers market Salt Lake City

Opening Soon

Vendors will begin selling their products at the farmers market starting on June 9. It runs until October 20, and it will take place every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. To start the event, coordinators are holding a kick-off party, which is happening May 31 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The kick-off party will be at Squatters Pub Brewery. Tickets are available online.

PC: Dav D Photo

A Peek at What’s Available

The Downtown Farmers Market will have fruits, vegetables, honey, grass-fed meats, eggs and flowers for sale. You can also get goodies like baked treats, sauces, spreads and salsas. Tasty cheese is sold at the market as are nuts and specialty sodas. You can visit the market for lunch while taking home fresh produce and baked goods to make dinner. Non-edible items are also sold at the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Items in this category include handmade soaps, jewelry and decorative glass, as well other handcrafted in Salt Lake items like essential oils from The Original Oil Shop.

The Original Oil Shop at Downtown Farmers Market Salt Lake City

Not Just a Saturday Thing

The Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City has been successful enough to expand. Organizers will be hosting the event on Tuesday evenings from 4:00 pm to sundown. The Tuesday option will start August 1 and end on October 17. While the Tuesday event isn’t quite as big as the Saturday market, you will be able to stop by for fresh produce and food products.

fresh produce at the Salt Lake downtown farmers market at Pioneer Park

Supporting Local Businesses

The Gateway is offering free parking for those who are planning to shop at the market. There is also a produce loading zone, making it easy to buy fruit or vegetables in bulk if you intend to can or are hosting a big party that will feature food. The Downtown Farmers Market is a fun place to spend a few hours. Along with discovering the tasty food items that are available in your neck of the woods, the market will also introduce you to the area’s different products. Head downtown to enjoy a unique experience.

Crime in Salt Lake City Neighborhoods Drops Since Operation Rio Grande

Our awesome Pioneer Park Coalition intern, Abby Warr, dug deep to discover the truth about crime in Salt Lake City since Operation Rio Grande.

Crime in Salt Lake City and its Neighborhoods Has Dropped Since Operation Rio Grande

By Abby Warr

Some critics have alleged that Operation Rio Grande, an effort to address lawlessness and crime in Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park/Rio Grande neighborhood, has only served to push violence elsewhere in the city. Given that over six months have passed since this effort started and the increased availability of crime statistics, the Pioneer Park Coalition decided to dig into the data to evaluate this claim.

Aggregate crime data from throughout Salt Lake City—both before and after Operation Rio Grande—does not support this criticism. To the contrary, police data from 2013 through the completion of 2017 shows that aggregated crime rates dropped significantly downtown—where Operation Rio Grande is focused—and have also dropped throughout the city. Operation Rio Grande appears to have been a huge net positive for Salt Lake City.

Crime in Salt Lake City graph since Operation Rio Grande

The Good News: Crime Is Down

Statistics show that aggregate crime has been falling steadily in Salt Lake City as a whole since 2015, and the total analyzed crimes committed are at the lowest point since 2013.[1] Downtown, where the majority of Operation Rio Grande’s efforts have taken place, has experienced a significant drop with the total analyzed crimes committed being at the lowest point since 2014. There is no general uptick in crime after Operation Rio Grande and most Salt Lake City neighborhoods have seen their crime rates continue to fall, even after Operation Rio Grande began.[2]

Operation Rio Grande began in August of 2017. Crime levels during the period of August through December of 2017 have been relatively consistent with overarching trends—that is to say, headed down.

Almost All Crimes Have Decreased

Most specific crimes experienced an overall decrease after Operation Rio Grande. However, there are a few crimes that have not followed that trend and deserve further attention from law enforcement.

Aggravated assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle robbery, and robbery all stayed consistent or dropped since Operation Rio Grande compared to previous months. Most non-serious offenses decreased, as well. Vandalism, drunkenness, disorderly conduct, loitering, and stolen property are either lower than the average of previous years or consistent with the averages of previous years.

However, the data shows an alarming uptick in rape. Forcible rape has been increasing steadily since 2013, jumping from 208 total reported rapes in 2013 to 335 in 2017. Comparing 2017 numbers before and after Operation Rio Grande, 30.4 rapes were reported every month on average from August-December compared to an average of 26.1 reported each month from January to July. This increase could possibly be attributed to increased reporting rather than increased instances of rape, with the #MeToo movement and increased education surrounding rape and sexual assault. Regardless, this certainly deserves more attention.

Drug abuse in Salt Lake City has been increasing drastically since 2013, but is experiencing a plateau. 2017 had 4,003 reported drug abuse instances compared to 3,986 in 2016, 2,827 in 2015, 2,619 in 2014, and 1,782 in 2013.

One Salt Lake Neighborhood Has Not Experienced a Drop

Every Salt Lake City neighborhood examined in our analysis saw its aggregate crime rates diminish or continue falling after Operation Rio Grande, with one exception. The Liberty-Wells neighborhood did not see similar drops. There, crime rates roughly plateaued or had a slight upward trend—though still below the 2016 peak. These trends are troubling and deserve more attention from Salt Lake City.

Other Cities Do Not Facilitate Public Review of Crime Data

The Pioneer Park Coalition also hoped to evaluate the claims in other cities that Operation Rio Grande may have led to an uptick in crime elsewhere. However, we were unable to evaluate these claims in West Valley City, Taylorsville, South Salt Lake, and Murray because of a lack of available data. Crime statistics for these cities either are not updated to the present or do not extend far enough for accurate analysis. This information needs to be made publicly available so citizens can do accurate research on crime in their neighborhoods and how it has changed.

While observational trends in crime data cannot answer every question, Salt Lake City’s statistics show that the city, far from being hurt by Operation Rio Grande, has seen significant positive changes in crime rates. Law enforcement still has work to do: Liberty-Wells has not seen the positive trends from other neighborhoods and the downtown area, while seeing a serious drop in crime, is still among Salt Lake’s two most dangerous neighborhoods.

Despite this, Operation Rio Grande appears to be making a difference in crime and having a positive impact on our city. This effort deserves significant credit.

[1] In this report, analyzed crimes or aggregated reported crime includes those activities most likely to be connected with Operation Rio Grande. This means both serious crime (aggravated assault, burglary, rape/sexual assault, homicide, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft, and robbery) and non-serious crime (curfew/loitering, disorderly conduct, drug abuse, stolen property, vandalism, and drunkenness). Data collected from https://dotnet.slcgov.com/police/crimestatistics#/chartpresentation in February 2018.

[2] Pioneer Park Coalition analyzed data for crime in Salt Lake City from the neighborhoods of Ball Park, Central City, Central City/Liberty-Wells, Downtown, Fairpark, Greater Avenues, Liberty-Wells, Rose Park, and Sugar House. These neighborhoods were chosen because of complaints that crime is being pushed into their neighborhoods due to Operation Rio Grande. Downtown was chosen in order to analyze how crime had changed in the Rio Grande neighborhood.  Data was taken from each month from 2013 to 2017 to give perspective on changes in crime rates since Operation Rio Grande.

10 Great West Side Restaurants in Salt Lake City | Utah

Dining out is one of life’s great pleasures, so when you do it, be sure to do it right by eating somewhere fabulous.

When people usually think of great food in the Salt Lake Valley, they may automatically zone in on the typical downtown Salt Lake area, with Main Street at the center. But the west side of the valley has so many great things to offer.

The following list features 10 great west side restaurants in Salt Lake City.

10 Great West Side Restaurants in Salt Lake City

  1. Banzai

While its outer appearance gives the impression that it’s just an average Chinese restaurant, the food served at Banzai is anything but ordinary. Grab a chair at the sushi bar to discuss the cuisine with Chef Ozzie or sit down at a table and order one of the restaurant’s authentic dishes.

  1. Grinders 13

Located in West Valley’s warehouse district, Grinders 13 is one of those hidden gems that serves memorable sandwiches and yummy fries complete with their own tasty fry sauce.

Grinders 13 is a great west side restaurant in Salt Lake City

  1. Scaddy’s

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys fast food on occasion, then you’ll want to stop by Scaddy’s for lunch or dinner. With drool worthy burgers and unique dining selections like Swedish pancakes, Scaddy’s is a place that you’re sure to eat at more than once.

  1. Red Rock Place Restaurant & Brew Pub

Red Rock restaurant and pub in Salt Lake City

Famous for its quality brunch and fun atmosphere, Red Rock deserves a spot on our 10 great west side restaurants in Salt Lake City. At the Red Rock, you can order classic menu items like burgers and fries or fish and chips.

  1. New York Pizza Patrol

Believe it or not, traditional New York Pizza can be had in Utah at New York Pizza Patrol. Along with its delicious pizza, the eatery serves heroes, calzones and pasta dishes. You can even order boneless buffalo wings and garlic bread.

  1. La Frontera

While Utah boasts a number of amazing Mexican restaurants, La Frontera is one of the best. Homemade tortillas, tons of cheese and delicious chili verde will make your taste buds very happy.

La Frontera is a great restaurant on Salt Lake City's west side

  1. Thai This

Thai This is famous for its yellow curry, pot stickers and noodles. The restaurant is also known for serving large portions that are big enough to share. Attentive service, quality cuisine and a cozy atmosphere earned Thai This a spot on our list of great restaurants in Salt Lake City.

  1. CousCous Mediterranean Gourmet Grill

If you enjoy Mediterranean style food, then head over to the CousCous Mediterranean Grill. The restaurant makes its rosemary garlic bread from scratch, and the Chicken Shwarma served on leafy greens is just one of the restaurant’s notable dishes. A large selection of cake pops offers the perfect bite of dessert. This is a place that is sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied.

  1. The Bohemian Brewery

Breweries know how to cook. At the Bohemian Brewery, menu items like the Garlic Burger, Blackberry Brandy Chicken and classic Fish N’ Chips are cooked to perfection. Consider sharing a plate of garlic fries or the famous potato pancake appetizer.

  1. La Autentica

While the décor could use a little updating, you’re unlikely to notice it once you dive into the chips and salsa, which are free and tasty. With menu options that range from classic street tacos to burritos, La Autentica knows what people want when it comes to good Mexican food.

The next time you get a craving for good food, check out something on the Salt Lake Valley’s west side. You won’t be disappointed!

Homelessness Data Dashboard | Salt Lake City | Utah

Today we want to focus on bringing your attention to a great new resource for the public in Utah. The Homelessness Data Dashboard is a great new site where everyone can get information about how well we are doing as a state to address homelessness.

We as the Pioneer Park Coalition hope this will lead to more transparency and data-driven decisions.

Homelessness Data Dashboard

The public can access the new Homelessness Data Dashboard by clicking on the link above, which will take you directly to the Utah.gov Department of Workforce Services page.

Here, users will find an easy-to-use console where one can choose different parameters to search for, such as:

dates
veteran status
age group
household type
project type
homeless services provider
etc.

As each new parameter is chosen, the report on the dashboard will update, displaying information such as:

The number of people accessing services
Year to Year trends
The number of people exiting the system
Percentile comparisons to the previous period
Overall people in the homelessness database
And more.

As an example, when I accessed the dashboard today, I selected the dates of January 1st, 2017-December 10th, 2017.

Under subpopulation, I selected “Salt Lake” for the COC, “All” for Veteran Status, “All” for Age Group, “Persons in Families” for Household Type.

Under Project & Provider, I selected “All” for Project Type and “The Road Home” for Provider.

Essentially, I wanted to take a snapshot of people in families experiencing homelessness anytime during 2017 who utilized The Road Home.

Here is what the dashboard looks like with those parameters:

Homelessness Data Dashboard for the State of Utah

I liked the way everything was very clear and concise. When I hover over different parts of the report, more information about what exactly I am seeing pops up.

From this report, I can deduce that 3,852 people in my subgroups accessed services from The Road Home in 2017, which is down 1% from the previous period (in my case, January-December 2016). I can also see that 1,928 people in my subgroup exited the system through The Road Home. This is down 34% over the previous period (or year, in our example).

I can quickly deduce from this that about the same number of people in my subgroup accessed services in 2017 as in 2016. However, far less people exited the system then they did in the previous year. I can also see that the majority of those exiting the system ended up in the “other” category…which basically means “we don’t know.” However, 32% ended up in permanent housing, which is always the goal.

We encourage the public to use this tool and hope that as transparency increases, accountability and interest will as well. We would love to hear any of your thoughts on this new system. Feel free to send your comments to us here.

 

Pioneer Park Improvements | Salt Lake City | Utah | Please Donate

Many of your have heard about the Pioneer Park Coalition’s $300,000 donation to Salt Lake City for Pioneer Park improvements. If you haven’t, you can read more about the money we have committed so far here.

This donation is going directly to this winter’s planned improvements for Pioneer Park, specifically the lighted walkway around a new multi-use sports field.

We are excited and proud that we have been about to accomplish an incredible amount in just three short years. You have helped us create the momentum! But we know that this $300k is just a drop in the bucket. We rely on continued membership and donations to continue to build our vision of a public-private partnership of a park that is the crowned jewel of Salt Lake City.

Pioneer Park Improvements | Salt Lake City | Please Donate

We are modeling our vision for the park off other major cities who have accomplished this. Namely, Bryant Park in New York City and Millennium Park in Chicago. You can read more about our vision in a previous post here.

2017 has been a huge year for our Salt Lake City neighborhood. Think about it. Newspaper headlines dominated by our neighborhood. Elected officials courageously tackling what was previously thought to be a quagmire. Homeless services significantly transforming with the development of three new resource centers and the closure of the downtown shelter. Operation Rio Grande dramatically changing the culture and feel of what has been the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhood. A Medicaid waiver helping thousands of needy Utahns. And major upgrades slated for the park itself this winter.

Again, we are amazed by what we have done in such a short time. We plan to continue our vision in the coming year, working towards a safe, inclusive neighborhood that is inviting to all, 24/7.

Will you please help now by donating to the PPC before year’s end? All donations are fully tax deductible!

Visit our website and donate here.

Thank You, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

Operation Rio Grande Update | November 2 | Medicaid Waiver | ID Cards

The Pioneer Park Coalition received the following email today from Utah Dept. of Workforce Services. To receive your own Operation Rio Grande updates, click the link at the bottom of the email.

Operation Rio Grande Update | Medicaid Waiver | ID Cards

Two significant events have occurred since the last update. First, the Medicaid waiver was approved for the state of Utah. Second, the safe space began requiring the coordinated service card for access into the area. Both of these developments are significant components of phases one and two of the operation. A lot of work from several partners made each of these achievements take place.

For more details, view the updates below:

Medicaid Waiver

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its approval of Utah’s Medicaid waiver. This announcement is critical to phase two of Operation Rio Grande in order for more treatment centers to begin offering services for Medicaid members. For more information, click here. For the Department of Health’s Frequently Asked Questions document, click here.

Medicaid Waivers for Utah

Media Coverage:

The Salt Lake Tribune

Deseret News

Fox 13

Good4Utah

KSL TV

Safe Space Courtyard

On Friday, Oct. 27, the Safe Space Courtyard began requiring the coordinated services card for access into the area. With fencing up, card stations ready to go, tent and tables installed, and staffing ready, the space began operations. So far, 1,475 coordinated services cards have been distributed with 192 of them being reissued cards.

Department of Workforce Services has coordinated closely with The Road Home and Catholic Community Services on card access points. With the opening of the Safe Space Courtyard, Workforce Services’ staff have made the point to listen to individuals receiving cards, find out concerns and make accommodations when appropriate.

ID Card checkpoint at Safe Space on Rio Grande Rio Grand Safe Space Rio Grand Safe Space in Salt Lake
Media coverage:
KUTV

Good4Utah

Law Enforcement
  • Department of Public Safety (DPS) continues to do outreach to people who live in the Rio Grande area and to neighboring communities. Three meetings have been conducted to answer questions, discuss any concerns and collect input. These meetings are going a long way with better relationships between law enforcement those utilizing services in the area. For a complete DPS update, click here.
  • Make sure to watch the DPS video about safer access to services. Click below:

    https://youtu.be/cJPvWNTsG2c

Additional Updates

  • The next assessment day at the Salt Lake County Jail is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9 for the purpose of identifying candidates for drug court. So far, more than 80 assessments have been completed with over 400 individuals screened. The retention rate for individuals who have successfully gone before the drug court is at 80 percent.
  • Cleanup efforts of encampments along the Jordan River Parkway and other known locations has resulted in more than 200 tons of garbage being removed. This week is the final week of clean up before the winter season. However, the team is currently working on a winter action plan.
  • Salt Lake County Health Department would like to thank all the volunteers and specifically the Utah Department of Corrections and the Utah Department of Transportation. Both played a vital role in the cleanup process.
  • Jordan River Parkway Cleanup

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Pioneer Park Choose Your Own Adventure

Wow! Quite a collection of stories in June from the press about The Pioneer Park & Downtown District. Do you guess that it is good or bad news?

Here’s a game to play called “Take Your Pick”.

It’s sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure for The Rio Grande District. It’s easy to play, just close your eyes and blindly click a link below and see where it takes you:


Tactical toilets produced locally could solve Salt Lake City’s potty problem
By CHRISTOPHER SMART | | The Salt Lake Tribune
Tuesday, Jun 8, 2016

Man arrested for assault of Salt Lake City police officer
BY HUNTER GEISEL – KUTV 2 Salt Lake City
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8th, 2016

Police investigate possible connection between Salt Lake City stabbings
BY HUNTER GEISEL – KUTV 2 Salt Lake City
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8th 2016

Salt Lake City Council Earmarks Over Half A Million Dollars For Downtown Homeless Problem
Funds will pay for more police, new transportable toilets
By RICK AARON | ABC 4 Utah
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

SLC Council approves new money for portable potties, targeting homeless issues
BY DANIEL WOODRUFF TUESDAY – KUTV 2 Salt Lake City
Tuesday, JUNE 7th, 2016

Salt Lake City seeks public’s help in selecting new homeless shelter sites
By Katie McKellar | KSL News
Tuesday, Jun 7th, 2016

SLC Council looks to address human waste issue around Pioneer Park
By LAUREN STEINBRECHER – FOX 13 News
Monday, June 6, 2016

Cop Attacked, Bitten by Homeless Man
Randal Carlisle – ABC4 Utah
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Man Found Stabbed in Front of Closed Business
Randal Carlisle – ABC 4 Utah
Sunday, June 5, 2016

How leaders in rural Utah counties are trying to end the cycles of poverty
By Marjorie Cortez – Deseret News
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Some Salt Lake City Council members seeking potties on wheels downtown
By CHRISTOPHER SMART | The Salt Lake Tribune
Friday, Jun 3, 2016

Business owners near Pioneer Park say one area can’t carry full load of SLC’s homeless
POSTED 7:04 PM, JUNE 2, 2016, BY ZACH WHITNEY – FOX 13 News

Rio Grande stakeholders demand immediate action on crime, homelessness
By Katie McKellar – Deseret News
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Editorial: More homeless left behind by Utah’s economic boom
The Salt Lake Tribune
Saturday, May 14,2016

Homelessness rose 7% in Utah last year, even as economy grew
By LEE DAVIDSON | The Salt Lake Tribune
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Audit: State doing poor job tracking job training and education cases
By ROBERT GEHRKE | The Salt Lake Tribune
Wednesday, May 11 2016

Jay Evensen: Utah’s homeless problem still rages
By Jay Evensen – Deseret News
Thursday, April 28 2016 12:15 a.m. MDT

My view: Amidst Rio Grande shooting investigation, police should be commended
By Sean Halls – For the Deseret News
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Jay Evensen: Police shooting shows how Rio Grande Street is out of control
By Jay Evensen – Deseret News
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Poll: Utahns Want to Move Homeless Shelters Away from Downtown Salt Lake City
By Bob Bernick for Utah Policy
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Utah says it won ‘war on homelessness’, but shelters tell a different story
Maria L La Ganga – The Guardian
Wednesday 27 April 2016 10.25 EDT

Homeless Shelter Systems and What They Don’t Tell You
Carey Fuller, Homeless mother – Huffington Post
October 27, 2011

PPC Salt Lake Mayoral Debate 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 22, 2015

Contact: Jonathan Harman, Pioneer Park Coalition director

Cell phone: 801-631-1625

Email:Jonathan@thepioneerparkcoalition.org

 

Pioneer Park Coalition to host Salt Lake City mayoral debate

 

SALT LAKE CITY – Candidates for the 2015 Salt Lake City mayoral race have agreed to participate in a debate sponsored by the Pioneer Park Coalition on Wednesday, July 1st at 4:00 p.m. at KSL 5 TV Studios, located at 5 Triad Center (55 North 3rd West Salt Lake City, UT 84180-1109).

Doug Wright will moderate the debate among candidates Ralph Becker, Jackie Biskupski, George Chapman, Luke Garrott, and Dave Robinson.

Coalition members and media are invited to attend. You can request tickets by contacting Jonathan Harmon at the phone number or email listed above. The doors will open at 3:15 p.m. and close at 3:45 p.m.

For those who cannot attend, the debate will also broadcast live on KSL 5 TV and KSL Newsradio 1160 AM, 102.7 FM.

We believe the leadership of the Salt Lake City mayor is absolutely critical in solving the complex issues confronting the Pioneer Park neighborhood including: increasing public safety, reducing crime, and decreasing street-level homelessness.

The Pioneer Park Coalition is a consortium of public, private, faith-based and non-profit sector stakeholders who want to improve the quality of life in the Pioneer Park neighborhood by developing sustainable solutions.

Follow us on Twitter PPC_SLC and LIKE us on Facebook for more updates on this event.

Townhall Meeting with Dr Robert Marbut

Robert Marbut, a subject matter expert in homeless services, has helped dozens of communities across the US. First as a volunteer, then later as a San Antonio City Councilperson/Mayor-Pro-Tem and a homeless service agency President/CEO, Dr. Robert Marbut has worked on homeless issues for more than three decades.

We feel that an outside voice, someone separated from the politics of Salt Lake, could lend invaluable insight into the issues we face downtown. As the PPC gathered data, studied, and reviewed strategies to help homelessness and crime, we took time to find a subject matter expert. Dr. Marbut offered to visit Salt Lake and speak to the Coalition on his own time and money; his visit purely informational.

Please take time to watch the recording of the town hall meeting. A follow up meeting will be held on Friday, June 5th, 3:00PM at Spy Hop Productions- 511 W 200 S, SLC. The follow up meeting will also be recorded and posted online. For more information on Dr. Marbut click here.

Editorial: Homeless services need serious reform
By Salt Lake Tribune
Saturday, May 16th, 2015

How A Traveling Consultant Helps America Hide The Homeless
By Arthur Delaney
Monday, May 9th, 2015 – Huffington Post

Cities are Hiring this Controversial Homelessness Consultant
By Alex Stevens
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 – NextCity.org

$1 Million for permanent supportive housing in Utah

For Immediate Release

THURSDAY, MAY 7TH, 2015

The Governor’s Budget passed through the legislature, making The Pioneer Park Coalition successful in securing $1 million to reshape the face of homelessness in the State of Utah. Governor Herbert’s budget now allocates $1 million through the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund (OWHLF) to permanent supportive housing (PSH) efforts throughout the State of Utah.

As part of a plan to fundraise more than $8 million, this appropriation will help bring stability to hundreds of people’s lives by providing meaningful housing, thereby decreasing the numbers of persons on our streets. Since homelessness is an issue affecting our entire state, the OWHLF is the appropriate channel to maximize the PSH solution. Rather than relying on the local municipality who is hosting that individual to pay the bill, the state can alleviate the burden by allocating resources where they are needed most. This appropriation could serve more than 100 individuals in need throughout Utah and is one step in the process of housing.

This is not just about giving people housing; it’s about empowering the individual with responsibility. We must re-emphasize that success will not be defined solely by the number of individuals who are housed. Our success will be defined by the number of individuals who are housed that obtain identification, employment, continuing mental health treatment if necessary, and gain independency inside the community.

This effort could not happen without the many private partners, service providers, public entities and officials and residents that make up the Coalition. The Pioneer Park Coalition would like to thank Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Senator Christensen, Representative Paul Ray, Governor Gary Herbert and the community in its work towards sustainable solutions to crime and homelessness in our city. The Pioneer Park Coalition will continue to keep the community informed throughout this process.

For more information contact:

Jonathan Harman/Executive Director
jonathan@thepioneerparkcoalition.org

Dave Kelly/Public Relations Director
dave@thepioneerparkcoalition.org

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