The Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center and the ‘new model’ for tackling homelessness

Today we take a walking tour of the Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center. The center, which will be operational at the end of the month, is one of three, new homeless resource centers set to open soon in Salt Lake County. Beyond offering beds for 200 homeless women, it will also have a number of on-site case managers or service-providers helping with things like housing, employment, and addiction treatment. It’s part of a much-anticipated new model for tackling homelessness in Utah. At the core of that model is the idea of siloing the homeless population into smaller, and ostensibly more manageable, subsets. But with the impending closure of the downtown Road Home shelter, will there be enough beds to go around? And will there be enough affordable housing to both prevent further homelessness, and to house people currently on the streets?

 

Guests:
Sue Ativalu, Volunteers of America Utah
Pat King, businessman & philanthropist
Mary Jo McMillan, Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA)
Lindsay, Client Care Manager, 4th Street Clinic
Rep. Angela Romero (D – Salt Lake City)
Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson

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