Days to deadline, Salt Lake County faces pressure to halt homeless site recommendation
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has until Thursday to recommend a homeless shelter site to the state — but as that day draws nearer, he's facing increasing pressure to halt the process that has outraged South Salt Lake and West Valley City leaders.
During a fifth public forum held at the Salt Lake County Government Complex Monday, McAdams was again surrounded by residents telling him the seven sites he's named as options for a new homeless resource center won't work and will damage their communities.
South Salt Lake resident Travis Massey, father of a 2-year-old daughter and 4-year old son who's lived in South Salt Lake for more than six years, said it's "not possible" to find a fitting site by Thursday's deadline.
"This is a county problem that's being hoisted on the shoulders of South Salt Lake and West Valley," Massey said. "(The county) needs to go back to the drawing board with this. Let the 30th pass and come up with a better plan."