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Homeless in Utah

As Utah’s homeless issue continues to offer challenges for policy makers, the homeless, residents, and businesses, PBS Utah's Homeless in Utah Project exploring the families and individuals most affected and the programs offering services and resources.

The project, in consultation with a variety of service organizations and partners, includes two documentaries — Homeless at the End and A Home of Their Own — as well as community screenings and discussions. We have also compiled resources and news reports from The Salt Lake TribuneThe Deseret News, and KUER Radio. More than just television, KUED creates awareness and dialogue around this important issue.

A Home Of Their Own

Produced by Sally Shaum

Three families each want the same thing — a safe and affordable home of their own.

A Home of Their Own follows the stories of three families living at the Road Home family shelter in Midvale Utah: a single working mother with four children; a single dad with a special needs child; and a mother determined to break the course of her drug addiction. Each family hoping for a safe and a lasting home of their own. By focusing on the experiences of these families, this 30-minute documentary shows how they navigate the homeless system in Utah, how they came to it, and where they are going.

Homeless At The End

Produced by Sally Shaum and Nancy Green

Where do Utah’s homeless go when suffering at the end, in the uneasy space between life and death?

Homeless at the End offers a rare glimpse into the lives of formerly homeless people as they struggle to come to terms with the end of their lives, and shows the need for a greater understanding and compassion for Utah’s terminally ill homeless as they face the end of life.

Resources

The INN Between
Utah’s first hospice for the homeless.
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Catholic Community Services of Utah
Serving those most in need regardless of race, religion, or personal circumstance since 1945.
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Fourth Street Clinic
Helps homeless Utahans improve their health and quality of life by providing high-quality health care and support services.
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Utah Homeless Shelter Directory 
Utah homeless shelters and social services.
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Salt Lake County Homeless Services
Services and resource directory.
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Utah Housing Coalition
Promoting the increase of accessible and affordable housing throughout the state.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The 2016 annual homeless assessment report (AHAR) to congress.
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Utah Department of Workforce Services
Comprehensive Report on Homelessness
Homeless Prevention Program
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program

KUER 90.1
KUER’s Whittney Evans Reports on the INN Between

Downwinders and the Radioactive West