- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s governor has approved a proposal that would expand and revamp homeless services around the state.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the roughly $9 million plan Friday.

The measure would allow organizations to apply for funding to build new shelters and renovate old ones. The money can also be used for extra police presence in the area or other resources.

The effort is meant in part to take pressure off the city’s main shelter in downtown Salt Lake City. Homeless people often migrate to the area because services are concentrated there.

Supporters say the plan could help facilities better serve homeless people by spreading them out across Utah and having fewer in each shelter.

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