Poverty Summit on Saturday to focus on major new funding for housing to end homelessness in Salt Lake County

This Saturday, August 27, Crossroads Urban Center is hosting a Poverty Summit at Christ United Methodist Church in Millcreek.  The first topic to be addressed at the summit will be what it would take to make homelessness brief, rare and nonrecurring in Salt Lake County as we prepare to potentially host another Olympic Games in 2030 or 2034.  

This discussion comes at a time when state and local government are preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars on housing to reduce homelessness.  We will hear about current plans to reduce homelessness from leaders from state and local government, including: 1) Mayor Jeff Silvestrini from the City of Millcreek, 2) Wayne Niederhauser, Utah’s State Homelessness Coordinator, 3) Andrew Johnston, Director of Homeless Policy & Outreach for Salt Lake City, and, 4)  DinaBlaes, Director of Regional Development for Salt Lake County.

Crossroads Urban Center believes the planned investment will lead to major progress in efforts to reduce homelessness but that more effort will be needed during upcoming years to reduce homelessness in a lasting way.  That is why, in addition to talking about plans for this year, the summit will focus on what steps are needed next in this area as our community prepares to invite the entire world to visit for two weeks.

In addition to talking about plans to end homelessness the summit will include a panel discussion about state proposals that would help struggling families to deal with inflation featuring Representative Joel Briscoe, Representative Ashlee Matthews and Senator Luz Escamillia.  

When: Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 9:00AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 East 3300 South, Millcreek, Utah