LOCAL NEWS

Homeless Given Notice To Vacate Downtown Areas For Cleanup

Dec 10, 2019, 1:09 PM | Updated: 7:18 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –  Residents dealing with homelessness are being asked to vacate parts of downtown for cleanup.

It’s an ongoing effort by the County Health Department to prevent health risks. Some people are speaking out, saying relocation is not a solution.

Clean up efforts take place weekly, and those who are homeless are given notice 24 hours in advance to gather their belongings or it will be thrown out.

Tuesday’s clean up took place along 500 South and 300 East near the Salt Lake City Library.

“We cover the whole valley and conduct these cleanups whenever we see things that might be an environmental hazard, ” said Nicholas Rupp, spokesperson for the Salt Lake County Health Department.

A large portion of the trash is due to people living on the streets.

“I don’t really disagree with the city,” said Tony, a homeless man who asked to be identified by his first name only. “We shouldn’t have people living on the sidewalks. There needs to be a solution.”

Tony said he doesn’t want to leave permanently because being downtown is convenient.

“They’ve moved the new shelter out to 3300 South and 11th West,” he said. “That’s like the middle of nowhere practically. It’s like they are trying to hide the homeless – we’re an eyesore or something.”

Salt Lake City resident Susan Keen, who helps the homeless population, said she thinks more needs to be done – from housing and more beds in resource centers to allowing folks to take their dogs with them to shelters and a more frequent trash pick-up.

“Usually the green garbage bins are totally full, and they only pick them up once a week,” she said. “So if they were interested in hygiene and keeping rats and things out, the simple thing to do would be a garbage pick-up daily.”

County health department officials said as of now it’s unlikely there will be more than one trash pick-up per week. However, the department does evaluations every few months to see how resources can be used more efficiently.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

emergency lights...

Mark Jones

17-year-old ‘not expected to survive’ following a motorcycle crash

A 17-year-old male is not expected to survive after his motorcycle struck a vehicle on Saturday afternoon, according to the Lehi City Police Department. 

26 minutes ago

A trip to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines quickly became personnel for...

Dan Rascon

Members of Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square pay respects to fallen US soldiers in the Philippines

Members of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square visited the largest American cemetery outside of the United States, making it a tender and special day for all.

2 hours ago

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs for the first time in the Philippines in the grand b...

Dan Rascon

Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs for first time in the Philippines

History was made for the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square as it performed its very first concert ever in the Philippines.

6 hours ago

A volunteer dentist and a University of Utah dental student perform an examination during the "Give...

Collin Leonard, KSL.com

400 kids get free dental care during ‘Give Kids A Smile’ event

Eighty dentists, 20 hygienists and hundreds of community volunteers from across the Wasatch Front provided underprivileged families with free dental care for their children Saturday. It's become an annual event at the University of Utah's School of Dentistry.

6 hours ago

SWAT officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department stand in a driveway after they and patrol o...

Josh Ellis

Man arrested after allegedly threatening SLC first responders with gun

A 23-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning after police say he threatened emergency medical workers with a handgun.

7 hours ago

Spanish Fork police at the scene where the teen was hurt....

Andrew Adams

Police: Spanish Fork teen seriously injured after falling out of an SUV

Spanish Fork police said a 16-year-old boy was seriously injured after falling out of a moving SUV on Friday.

21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Homeless Given Notice To Vacate Downtown Areas For Cleanup