Looking for an insiders view of Operation Rio Grande? These guys are out there day in and day out. Check out this great short video where the Utah Highway Patrol offers a first-hand account of Operation Rio Grande and it’s effectiveness.
Longtime homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson says, “Operation Rio Grande is saving lives.” We couldn’t agree more.
The Pioneer Park Coalition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Neighborhood Residents, Businesses, & Advocates Applaud Operation Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, Utah – August 17, 2017
Residents, businesses, and advocates of Utah’s Rio Grande neighborhood support efforts by the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, and other jurisdictions to combat lawlessness through “Operation Rio Grande.” This operation, which began Monday, is an effort to address crime in the area, while improving the provision of services to homeless residents, including children.
“We have grown sick of the ongoing violence in this neighborhood,” said Susana Clar, a resident. “Finally, we are beginning to feel safe again. I pray that these efforts will continue and that state and local governments are serious about maintaining this presence until this issue is solved.”
State and local officials have told the Pioneer Park Coalition that Operation Rio Grande is intended to last roughly two years and is focused on restoring public order and providing services to people experiencing homelessness.
“I commend law enforcement officials and our state and local governments for responding to our pleas to enforce the law here,” explained local business owner Tiffanie Provost. “We just want the same basic level of safety and decency that exists anywhere else in this state.”
“The children of the Rio Grande area desperately needed this action,” stated Dr. Clotilde Houchon, a long-time advocate for children experiencing homelessness in the area. “Having predators and criminals in the same spaces as kids was a recipe for disaster. I am also encouraged by the Operation’s emphasis on respecting civil rights and getting people the services they need.”
The Pioneer Park Coalition is an alliance of residents and businesses of the Rio Grande seeking to create a safe community and improve services for the homeless.
New data released by Salt Lake County and the Collective Impact Steering
Committee gives new insight into Salt Lake’s homeless population. The report highlights key demographics, reasons for being homeless and more. Read the full article and report at sltrib.com
Future of Cities Event
The PPC and Impact HUB Salt Lake invite you to a special film screening and panel discussion on homelessness in SLC.
The following 2 events are part of the #FutureofCities week-long event series, September 26-30, across fifteen North American Cities on topics of local impact. Please follow these links and plan to attend. Your awareness and educated opinion are critical to solving the problems facing Utah.
Film Screening: Dogtown Redemption
Wednesday, September 28, 7:00-9:00 PM
Impact HUB Salt Lake, 150 S. State Street, SLC
Join us for the documentary film screening of Dogtown Redemption this Wednesday at 7:00pm.
This film explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive in a neighborhood already decimated by unemployment, addiction, and violence. Following the screening, film director, Amir Sotani will join us for a live Q&A about the film.
FREE& OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. TICKETS ARE LIMITED.
VIEW TRAILER & GET TICKETS HERE:
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Screening Begins: 7:30pm
The film is 60 minutes
Town Hall: Homelessness
Thursday, September 29, 6:00-9:00PM
Impact HUB Salt Lake, 150 S. State Street, SLC
In this Town Hall, meet key players in mental health, crime, and the economy in Utah. Come learn about the complex factors of this issue and how you can co-create solutions to help our community.
- Angela Brown | Executive Editor, SLUG Magazine
- Shaleane Gee | Director of Special Projects & Partnerships, Salt Lake County
- David Litvack | Deputy Chief of Staff, Salt Lake City
- Josh Scharman | Deputy Chief of Police, SLCPD
- Kathy Bray | President & CEO, Volunteers of America Utah
- Matt Minkevitch | Executive Director, The Road Home
- Bryson Garbett | Founder & President, Garbett Homes
EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
PLEASE RSVP HERE:
At the August PPC Membership meeting Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams presented a newly proposed action plan to reduce homelessness. PPC Technology Director, Sean Halls, also presents to the coalition regarding innovations in technology which could be applied to social services in America. To learn more about the Salt Lake County Process visit their site here.
Wow! Quite a collection of stories in June from the press about The Pioneer Park & Downtown District. Do you guess that it is good or bad news?
Here’s a game to play called “Take Your Pick”.
It’s sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure for The Rio Grande District. It’s easy to play, just close your eyes and blindly click a link below and see where it takes you: