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Need a Warm Place to Go

By City Weekly Readers
Posted // February 27,2013 -

The Road Home homeless shelter in Salt Lake City is doing a great job of keeping people warm at night, but it fails to see the problems it causes by requiring everyone to exit the shelter by 6:45 a.m. [“I Know I’m Invisible,” Feb. 14, City Weekly].

Many have no way to keep warm except to ride the free transit system or to loiter in fast-food restaurants for two hours.

Consequently, several fast-food restaurants have had to hire special security guards to keep customers from loitering more than 30 minutes while drinking coffee—which might be a violation of their civil rights.

Still, many have no cash for coffee.

So, maybe city planners should rethink the policy of forcing homeless people to vacate the shelters in extremely cold weather at unreasonable hours, since many spend most of their days in the city library just to keep warm.

JAMES H. ARMISTEAD
Age 80 and homeless
Salt Lake City

 
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Posted // February 28,2013 at 08:30

As a formerly homeless person I empathize with Mr. Armistead. However, his comments are slightly misleading. The Bishop Weigand Center directly across the street from The Road Home opens at 7:00 AM. Homeless men and women can get a shower, do a load of laundry, use the telephone,or watch whatever video is playing. It is open until 4:00 PM, just before The Road Home begins to admit men for the night. Another nearby shelter serves a breakfast in their basement early in the morning.

In past, on exceptionally cold days, I recall that shelter residents were allowed to stay inside a few hours later. I hope they are still implementing this policy. I know they are doing all they can to help homeless people. Perhaps Mr. Armistead is unaware of all the resources available.

 

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