HOUSING/ HOMELESSNESS
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“I think no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.”

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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“We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can't solve.”

— Linda Lingle

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“You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course.”

— Jello Biafra

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“We live in a world where there is so much wealth. There shouldn't be a homeless person. That's crazy.”

— Raheem DeVaughn

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“People don't realize how many of the homeless are single moms, and a lot of veterans, and people with mental illness.”

— Joe Maddon

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“We can't forget that there are so many young people who are homeless - and unbelievably vulnerable.”

— Stacy Dooley

Housing/Homelessness News

Shipping the homeless to Salt Lake City solves no problems

By Erin Mendenhall On November 6, 2022 Reports of Jackson, Wyoming, sending their homeless people here are sad but no surprise. A newspaper in Wyoming published a disturbing report this week: A state…
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Life expectancy drops by almost 2 years

by Julia Mueller Overall life expectancy in the United States dropped by 1.8 years from 2019 to 2020, new data shows.  The decline affected all 50 states and Washington, D.C., according…
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NewStory

We pioneer solutions for global homelessness, and share those solutions with others solving the same problems. We believe change is an open source pursuit, and the biggest change will happen through members of the social housing sector working together.

BRC

BRC offers a hand up instead of a hand-out, building lasting relationship with each of our clients and offering them a comprehensive range of services through which they can achieve stability and independence in their lives.

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The mission of the Alpha Project is to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. The agency’s many programs are available to all persons in need regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

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HYC offers a comprehensive services program that engages high school-aged youth who are experiencing homelessness. HYC assists them in overcoming barriers to completing high school, graduating and creating a plan for their future.

NationalAllianceToEndHomelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in the United States. We use research and data to find solutions to homelessness; we work with federal and local partners to create a solid base of policy and resources that support those solutions; and then we help communities implement them.

CoalitionForTheHomeless

The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless individuals and families. We believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized.

Get Informed

Fact Sheet

  • Three out of four low-income at-risk renters do not receive federal renting assistance.
    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • An estimated 5.7 million adult renters living with children are not caught up on rent, with nearly half of these renters reporting eviction is at least somewhat likely in the next two months.
    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • An examination of 20 U.S. urban areas found the number of deaths among people living without housing shot up by 77% by 2020.
    The Guardian
  • Providing chronically homeless people with permanent housing and case managers would save taxpayers $149 million in reduced law enforcement and medical care costs over the next decade.
    National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Resources, Publications, & Articles

Each night, hundreds of thousands of people are homeless in the United States. Some of these people are chronically homeless, while others have temporarily lost their shelter. The reasons why they are homelessness are complex. They can include a combination of factors such as:

  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Mental illness
  • Trauma and violence
  • Substance use
  • Criminal record
  • Sudden serious illness
  • Divorce
  • Death of partner or parent
  • Disabilities
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Get Involved

Ways to Take Action

Donate Clothing, Especially Socks

Shelters are always in need of new and gently used clothes, especially personal hygiene items and socks. Share on social media that you’re making the donation and volunteer to bring over any items that others chip in.

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Volunteer

Most homeless shelters or service organizations will welcome your on-hand assistance, and in many cases they have staff members who cultivate volunteer relationships. Be honest about what you’re capable of, whether it’s one event or a regular shift at the shelter.

Fundraise

With social media and crowd-funding options like GoFundMe, it’s never been easier to solicit support for an organization or a cause. Don’t underestimate the power of in-person communal events like bake sales and school campaigns, though.

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Upcoming Events

Come and celebrate 36 years On the Run at Copperton Park, running 5K up the canyon and back.

The Recipients of our Run this year are the Veteran’s Court and funds will be placed towards the Homeless Veterans of Utah.  We will donate all proceeds to these programs.  Runners are encouraged to bring warm clothing or blankets and canned goods which will be donated to the Salt Lake Area needy, or the homeless Veterans.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.  

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Recommended Media

Movies

Filmed in British Columbia, this documentary follows the lives of four chronically-homeless women. These women represent most people in our society. They had jobs, a family, a home – that is until life happened. It shows their struggles as they attempt to grapple with their individual traumas which eventually took them on a downward spiral. It presents their plight with a compassionate lens.

But what makes this documentary different is that the filmmaker does not just tell us of their struggles. She pulls us into their pain. Their struggles mirror some of ours – losing a loved one, growing up in abusive family, incarceration. It tells us that there is no “us and them” but rather just “us”.

Where to Watch: Vimeo

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A documentary film about one summer in Indianapolis, a tent city under a bridge, a man named Maurice, and the criminalization of homelessness in the United States. The unofficial “mayor” of the Davidson St. camp, Maurice is an older, dreadlocked Black man who has dropped out of “normal” society to minister to the homeless. His camp under a railroad track becomes a real community, supported by church volunteers, until police and bulldozers close in to shut it down.

Where to Watch: The Roku Channel, Amazon Prime, YouTube