Utah’s homeless experiment

in People

SALT LAKE CITY — The day Utah’s largest homeless shelter shut its doors for the first time in more than 30 years, Jaron Taylor stood in the shadow the new South Salt Lake Men’s Resource Center, looking up at its spotless windows and stain-free walls.

Taylor, who had come to the South Salt Lake center to get an assessment for a housing program, said he’d already been given a bed for the night.

Taylor once “had a life.” But when he came to Utah to help bury his mother, he said his father “wouldn’t let me have anything to do” with her estate, and he became homeless and addicted. After being robbed of “everything I known 20-plus times, I let it go,” he said. “I don’t care anymore.”

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