Utah State Office of Homeless Services, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness
As Salt Lake City welcomes the NBA All-Star Weekend, state, county, city and homeless service providers have come together to provide opportunities for community connection for people experiencing homelessness and address the health and safety implications that arise from a large-scale event expected to draw 100,000 visitors.
With the influx of tens of thousands for the NBA events, the safety and security of all guests and residents is paramount. As part of the planning for the event, the dedicated professionals within the Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness, the Utah State Office of Homeless Services, Salt Lake County, and Salt Lake City have planned for additional services to ensure the safety of people experiencing homelessness and to provide opportunities for all to participate in the special events.
Homeless service providers and other partners will provide watch parties at the following locations:
- Gallivan Center, hosted by the Downtown Alliance and open to all on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- Weigand Homeless Resource Day Center, hosted by Catholic Community Services on Sunday
- The Rescue Mission, hosted by The Rescue Mission and open all day on Sunday
- Gail Miller Resource Center and Pamela Atkinson Men’s Resource Center, hosted by The Road Home with food and drinks provided by Catholic Community Services and Shelter the Homeless
- Geraldine E. King Resource Center and Youth Resource Center, hosted by Volunteers of America with food and drinks provided by Catholic Community Services and Shelter the Homeless
In addition to the over 300 overflow shelter beds homeless service providers are operating from November 2022 until April 2023, 90 additional beds will be available at the Central City Recreation Center from noon Sunday until 10 a.m. Monday to accommodate any additional individuals in need of shelter.
Funding for the events includes contributions from the hosts and the use of existing funds within the Office of Homeless Services approved by the Utah Homelessness Council.
We are grateful for the strong partnerships between government leaders and the Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness who came together to ensure people experiencing homelessness are able to enjoy the NBA festivities in safe and welcoming locations.