Location: Glendale Library
Dane Hess opened the meeting at 7:05 pm
Item 1: Detective Oliver, SLCPD
Crime stats down 20% compared to March 2018. Presented the Civilian Explorer Program. Salt Lake County Health Dept is identifying homeless sites on the Jordan River Parkway. Homeless Outreach Team works to relocate homeless camps. Westside Bike Squad is also active on the Jordan River Parkway.
Item 2: Andrew Johnson, City Council District 2
Overview of efforts to address homeless issues; 2 new facilities will be open in July:- 700 S Woman’s Center and 3rd West coed Catholic Comm Serv. Volunteerism will be relied on heavily. Midvale Shelter will remain open. Rio Grande is being closed for overnight shelter by fall. 4th Street Clinic will remain. SLC focuses on services rather than policing to address the long term problem of homelessness. Health Dept. does clean out. Housing is the aim of outreach. 3 other projects planned this year in SLC. 250 subsidized units over next 2 years. Financing on multiple fronts: 10% of Inland Port tax increment. Sales Tax increase will also help. RDA should adopt the 900 W Area this year.
Item 3; Elaine Navar, Mayor’s Office Community Liaison
Distributed factsheets on some of the homeless resource centers. Utah office for crime victims; Health Insurance help 801 238 2360. Hero’s Program; Home down payment assistance 801 535 7228.
Item 4; Legislative Reports, Representative Romero and Senator Escamilla
Rep. Romero has been active in 3 areas of legislation; Law Enforcement, Marriage Amendments and Environmental Justice and has had success with a number of bills this past session. Reported that no money was set aside in the budget for Affordable Housing initiatives. Sen. Escamilla was involved in legislation to get environmental quality monitoring in the NW Quadrant prior to development –this is pollution monitoring of air and water to establish a baseline database incl safeguards and 3rd party verification. Was also involved in some common sense amendments to the Medical Cannabis Act. Also introduced some consumer protections for the adoption process in Utah. Reported that full adoption of MedicAid is not an option in Utah. Both voted against on Inland Port related issues. Luz Escamilla is now also a candidate for the mayoral election this year.
Item 5: Blake Perez, City Transportation Division
Introduced Trips to Transit (micro transit) concept which is meant to link people directly to public transit through an on-demand service. No cost above regular fare. A community survey is available at: slc.gov/transportation/tripstotransit.
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