Rina Sommer-Bowen, who currently resides at the Geraldine E King Women's Center in Salt Lake City, is pictured on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Sommer-Bowen was one of the first women to move into the center when it opened a few months ago.

Rina Sommer-Bowen, who currently resides at the Geraldine E King Women’s Center in Salt Lake City, is pictured on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Sommer-Bowen was one of the first women to move into the center when it opened a few months ago. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — As winter sets in along the Wasatch Front, Utah’s homeless advocates pledge that anyone seeking shelter will get help — and they want Utahns to know there are more options available than emergency shelter.

Even though capacity concerns around the three newly opened homeless resource centers prompted protesters to demand the Road Home’s downtown shelter remain open, that shelter shuttered officially last week with state and local leaders reiterating their promises that anyone seeking shelter in Salt Lake County will be kept out of the cold.

With the closure of the downtown shelter — and some homeless refusing to relocate out of downtown into the new, smaller centers scattered in Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake — homeless providers aim to dispel confusion about the new centers’ intake processes.

There are still plenty of ways for the homeless to access service, both downtown and in the new resource centers in Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake, said Patrice Dickson, chief operating officer of social services at Utah Community Action, the organization that is coordinating the homeless intake process in Salt Lake County.

“We want everybody to have an option to have a safe, warm place,” Dickson told the Deseret News in a recent interview. “We don’t want anyone turned away.”

Officials for all three of the new resource centers and advocates with the still-open St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall and Catholic Community Services’ Weigand Homeless Resource Center downtown have all adopted a …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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