- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Salt Lake City Council has delayed the opening of a hospice for homeless people amid concerns about health and safety licensing.

The Deseret News reported Friday (https://bit.ly/1fmRes0) that the council pushed back the opening by at least six months so the facility time can meet state standards.

But the group’s executive director said Friday that the hospice doesn’t need an assisted living certification and remodeling the old school building could cost another $1 million.

Executive Director Kim Correa says she feels blindsided by the council’s Tuesday decision.

City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa says the city wants the facility, but can’t compromise on safety.

The facility is designed for homeless people who are diagnosed with a terminal illness but can still care for themselves.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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