Salt Lake County zeroing in on 5 potential sites for new homeless facility

Homeless ShelterSalt Lake County officials are working at a breakneck pace to select the site for a 4th homeless resource center by the end of the month.

County Mayor Ben McAdams says his staff has identified five potential sites for the new facility, and he hopes to make those public “in the next few days.”

That announcement could come as early as Friday of this week.

“I’m cracking the whip on my staff,” says McAdams. “I want to get these out there as soon as possible so that we can have a really robust public engagement.”

The list of 5 potential sites is making the rounds at the Capitol according to Legislative sources. The consensus is the yet-to-be-determined location will be for the single men’s shelter or the segregated dual-gender facility.

McAdams says his staff is still doing internal analysis on the five sites to make sure they meet certain criteria, including whether they are large enough, the type of existing buildings and what kind of leases do the current occupants have on the properties.

After the list becomes public, McAdams has already planned some open houses and hearings to collect public input before they pick a final site on March 28.

“We plan to present the sites to the public and get their feedback. I’ll be there to listen to anyone who wants to talk,” he said.

The tentative schedule is:

  • Tuesday, March 14 – Open House from 6-8 pm at the Utah State Capitol
  • Saturday, March 18 – Open House from 3-5 at the Utah State Capitol
  • Public Hearing – March 22 from 6-8 pm

McAdams says the final deliberation and selection of the site should happen during a public event on March 28.