Report says Utah isn’t meeting goals to care for the homeless. Can that be changed?

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah policy researchers published a report Tuesday identifying major problems within the state’s current homeless governance structure — including “confusing leadership,” no statewide plan and incomplete data — and issued a list of recommendations to fix them.

Those include a full restructuring and the creation of a brand new government structure called the Utah Homeless Council and a chief policy adviser for homelessness, called the homeless services officer, to sit on and lead that council.

If implemented, the recommendations in the University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute report would bring sweeping changes to the governing structure of Utah’s homelessness service delivery, and answer calls for clearer leadership — or a homeless “czar” — that caused some fireworks during the Utah Legislature’s general session earlier this year.

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