Sugar House Temporary Shelter Frequently Asked Questions:
What, exactly, is happening?
While we know that we are yet again asking Salt Lake City, and in particular residents and businesses in Sugar House, to step up and help our neediest neighbors, Mayor Mendenhall and the City Council are confident that we will do this with compassion, understanding, and a commitment to finding better long-term solutions. We believe that the residents of Salt Lake City stand with us in our belief that no one who seeks shelter this winter should be turned away. The City won’t do this alone and we are working with the State and Salt Lake County to secure some financial resources to assist the service providers with staffing and transportation needs.
Why is this necessary?
When does the shelter open?
The shelter begins operating on Thursday, January 23. The shelter will be open to those in need from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Who will be using the overflow shelter at the Sugar House Temporary Shelter? What is the occupancy?
How many beds are actually available to homeless people?
Currently, our Homeless Resource Centers have capacity for 700, St. Vincent de Paul 50, and the Sugar House Temporary Shelter 145, for a total of 895. We also have the ability to place people in motels on a case-by-case basis. These numbers do not account for privately organized shelters or rehab beds. The Midvale Family Center will continue to serve a capacity of up to 300.
How will we ensure the safety of participants at the STS and the surrounding community?
How long will the STS be utilized?
Who will staff the STS?
How will people get to and from the shelter?
Transportation to both the Sugar House Temporary Shelter and the South Salt Lake Men’s Shelter will be available from the Weigand Center, and after the Weigand Center closes at 11 p.m., from St. Vincent de Paul. Return transportation will be available back to the center in the morning.
What will happen with the Weigand Center?
The Weigand Center will continue to operate with full services until 7 p.m. each night, and will remain open solely as a warming center until 11 p.m. At 11 p.m., the Weigand Center will close, and those in need of services will be directed to St. Vincent de Paul.
How do we know this won’t happen next winter?
How can I help?
Where can I go to find information, get updates, or report problems?
Return to the temporary shelter home page