- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Salt Lake City has set aside nearly $30 million to address homelessness and affordable housing issues.

The city council on Tuesday created an $11.8 million fund to buy land for homeless resource centers as part of an initiative to help the hundreds of homeless people who gather in Utah’s capital. The land purchases could begin within weeks.

The council went on to pull budget items from the city’s Redevelopment Agency, amassing another $21 million to put directly toward affordable housing. The funds come from 23 different line items for projects around the city, including small improvements and major initiatives.

The council and Mayor Jackie Biskupski say affordable housing is a top priority for the city. Council member James Roberts says officials could begin discussing how to spend the money as soon as next week.

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