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Ask a Cop: Why are all the homeless in Salt Lake City?

United in Service for Humanity volunteers prepare a dinner for homeless individuals at the Road Home in Salt Lake City, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.
United in Service for Humanity volunteers prepare a dinner for homeless individuals at the Road Home in Salt Lake City, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.
Ravell Call, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY -- I have lived in Utah my whole life, and I love this state. I do notice weird things on occasion and a few hypocritical ones. I am impressed that we receive great press about Utah County being so safe and a great place for business. The Ogden area is said to be great for outdoors and recreation, with the Salt Lake Valley being a true melting pot for this state and offering many world-class services.

I've noticed that as far as the homeless go in the Salt Lake Valley, Salt Lake City is the only city in the state that offers services as far as shelters, medical and mental health care, clothing and food. I am aware of the Midvale Winter Shelter, but it's not truly a shelter since it is only part-time, and the last time I heard, the residents were not allowed to leave the property. This doesn't seem very neighborly.

Don't get me wrong, I don't have a high tolerance for the homeless. I do find it inequitable that Salt Lake City is the only city carrying this burden. Yes, I said a burden. Look up arrest statistics, costs associated and other drains on services related to the homeless. There have been numerous news stories relating to the cost of these individuals. I am also not speaking about the temporarily homeless due to the recession or other woes. I'm speaking about the chronic homeless persons who reside in Salt Lake City.

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