Utah Thrives — Addressing Homelessness

Written by: Dan Bammes

Podcast Logo (small) Homelessness and poverty rank 9th on the 2016 Utah Priorities Project top ten list, based on a survey of voters conducted earlier this year. Utah Foundation’s research brief issued July 6th, 2016 shows, among other important facts, that domestic violence is an important contributor to homelessness, involved in 21% of the cases and nearly as significant a cause as substance abuse and mental illness.

In this edition of Utah Thrives, Dan Bammes speaks with Shauna Spencer from the YWCA of Utah about what families experience as they try to escape from abusive homes and with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams about a new program designed to help some experiencing homelessness from bouncing back and forth between jail and shelters.

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