December 20, 2022
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Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday to temporarily expand capacity at two Homeless Resource Centers located in Salt Lake City due to freezing overnight temperatures in the City.
“Every Salt Lake City resident deserves a safe place to sleep at night. Together, these moves will allow our partner service providers the opportunity to add 95 beds as soon as they are able,” said Mayor Mendenhall. “We are working together in a more collaborative and coordinated way than I can remember, and I’m really grateful.”
The 30-day order will enable providers at the Geraldine E. King and Gail Miller resource centers to expand overnight emergency shelter for 25 additional people each night per facility.
Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini and South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood also agreed Tuesday to expand capacity at the Millcreek winter overflow shelter and the Pamela Atkinson men’s resource center, respectively.
Together, these moves will allow partner service providers the opportunity to add 95 beds as soon as they are able.
Additionally, the State has agreed to provide the funding necessary to support staffing and provide the transportation necessary for increased capacity – a critical function to ensure people can get to, and be serviced by providers.
Before last weekend’s cold temperatures, there were an average of 109 beds available each night in the county’s shelter system in December.
The emergency proclamation will be in place for 30 days. Following that period, the Salt Lake City Council may consider and vote on an extension of the emergency proclamation.Tags: Emergency Proclamation, homeless resource center, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall