- Associated Press - Monday, April 10, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a plan to build three homeless shelters in Salt Lake County (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

A state committee has approved South Salt Lake City as the location of a third county homeless shelter despite objections from the city’s mayor and residents that the city already holds two jails and the shelter could hurt economic development, a parkway and neighborhoods.

The State Homeless Coordinating Committee signed off Monday on the location, which is near the county jail. The committee still needs to approve a more detailed plan later for the layout and funding of that shelter and two others in Salt Lake City.

The three new homeless resource centers will replace an overflowing shelter in downtown Salt Lake City that officials hope to close in 2019.



South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood says it will hurt her city’s efforts to grow despite housing a disproportionate amount of county facilities, including jails and juvenile treatment centers.

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9:15 a.m.

A state committee is expected to make a final decision Monday on whether to build a new homeless shelter in South Salt Lake City, but the committee will first hear the city’s mayor and residents asking officials to reconsider.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams recommended in late March that a new homeless shelter be built in a vacant lot in South Salt Lake near the county jail.

South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood has called it a “lethal blow” for her community, and is scheduled to speak to the State Homeless Coordinating Committee Monday.

The committee will then consider McAdams’ recommendation.

The shelter is one of three new homeless resource centers that officials want to build to replace an overflowing shelter in downtown Salt Lake City. The other two shelters will be in Salt Lake City.

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