[Hpn] Walker praises coalition that is helping homeless

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Walker praises coalition that is helping homeless
By James Thalman

Deseret Morning News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,5143,695236397,00.html

Published: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007=20

Former Utah Gov. Olene Walker has been out of the mansion three years =
but she still feels very much at home working for affordable housing.=20
After receiving the Salt Lake County Homeless Coordinating Council's =
Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, Utah's first female governor =
took a moment to return the praise to all of those who help. She was =
especially thankful to the coalition of private groups and city, county =
and state agencies that work to make housing more affordable and homes =
for the homeless a reality.=20

"The issue is still very near and dear to my heart," said Walker, who is =
the namesake of Utah's housing trust fund for low-income loans. "To =
think how far we've come, I just have to give it a 5-star effort."=20

Walker said housing care for low-income families and the homeless has =
been part of her public and private agencies since 1980. "It's just =
remarkable that we can point to so many front-line efforts to truly help =
people all around the state."=20

A special housing for the homeless coalition has set 2014 as the goal to =
end homelessness in Utah. In February, 84 more units in South Salt Lake =
will open. Another 200 units will open, including 50 apartments for =
families, in the old Ramada Inn in downtown Salt Lake next October. This =
past April, 100 apartments were opened on 500 West.=20


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"Housing first seems a novel concept - give the homeless a place to get =
a good night's sleep, a place for their belongings and a base, so many =
things in the rest of their lives just seem to stabilize," Walker said. =
"Some will always choose to be homeless, but we should continue to do =
what we can for them, not just at Christmas time, but in little ways =
every day."=20
She said the response to the need is tinged with a personal concern that =
not enough is being done for armed forces veterans. Many of them are =
among the homeless, with a lot of them suffering from some form of =
mental illness that is often attributable to their service.=20

Time devoted to the most downtrodden was highlighted Wednesday during =
Walker's award presentation. Walker is credited with single-handedly =
bolstering the state's emergency shelter efforts during the 2002 Olympic =
Winter Games.=20

She missed a formal gubernatorial appearance in Park City one evening =
during the Games because she stopped at the expanded shelter site in =
Salt Lake to see how things were going.=20

"I'll never forget that night," said Matt Minkevitch, director of The =
Road Home shelter and transitional housing service in Salt Lake. "She =
pulled up in this very impressive limousine with police escort. She was =
late already, and I don't think she ever made her appearance because she =
was here, without public knowledge or press coverage, meeting each and =
every volunteer who had come here from all over the country to help us =
out."=20

The work of the fund continues. This past May, the housing fund =
governing board approved $2.2 million for the purchase, renovation and =
construction of 66 affordable multifamily units and 41 single units for =
various communities statewide.=20



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<P>After receiving the Salt Lake County Homeless Coordinating Council's =
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Achievement Award on Wednesday, Utah's first female governor took a =
moment to=20
return the praise to all of those who help. She was especially thankful =
to the=20
coalition of private groups and city, county and state agencies that =
work to=20
make housing more affordable and homes for the homeless a reality.=20
<P>"The issue is still very near and dear to my heart," said Walker, who =
is the=20
namesake of Utah's housing trust fund for low-income loans. "To think =
how far=20
we've come, I just have to give it a 5-star effort."=20
<P>Walker said housing care for low-income families and the homeless has =
been=20
part of her public and private agencies since 1980. "It's just =
remarkable that=20
we can point to so many front-line efforts to truly help people all =
around the=20
state."=20
<P>A special housing for the homeless coalition has set 2014 as the goal =
to end=20
homelessness in Utah. In February, 84 more units in South Salt Lake will =
open.=20
Another 200 units will open, including 50 apartments for families, in =
the old=20
Ramada Inn in downtown Salt Lake next October. This past April, 100 =
apartments=20
were opened on 500 West.=20
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continue to=20
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every=20
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<P>She said the response to the need is tinged with a personal concern =
that not=20
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homeless, with a lot of them suffering from some form of mental illness =
that is=20
often attributable to their service.=20
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Walker's award presentation. Walker is credited with single-handedly =
bolstering=20
the state's emergency shelter efforts during the 2002 Olympic Winter =
Games.=20
<P>She missed a formal gubernatorial appearance in Park City one evening =
during=20
the Games because she stopped at the expanded shelter site in Salt Lake =
to see=20
how things were going.=20
<P>"I'll never forget that night," said Matt Minkevitch, director of The =
Road=20
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public=20
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come here=20
from all over the country to help us out."=20
<P>The work of the fund continues. This past May, the housing fund =
governing=20
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construction of 66=20
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statewide.=20
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