Discussing Salt Lake's Homeless Problem With Tribune Reporter Chris Smart on Monday's Access Utah

Jul 17, 2017

PC: Standard Examiner

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Christopher Smart reports that “News is spreading across the country on the state of homelessness in downtown Salt Lake City — and it isn't pretty.

Just over the Fourth of July holiday, a professional baseball player was attacked and suffered a concussion. And a car plowed into a group of homeless people on a sidewalk, killing one and sending five others to the hospital.

These are just the latest in a string of events that continues to frustrate officials, police and business owners surrounding the effort to make the Rio Grande area safer.

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes was more than a little perplexed Wednesday in the aftermath of the auto-pedestrian accident, which occurred Tuesday evening around the corner from The Road Home.

‘The violence and what is going on there is escalating," Hughes said Wednesday. "When it gets that out of hand, you can have a discussion about the National Guard with a straight face.’"

This news comes just a couple of years after Utah was in the spotlight in a much more positive way, with reports that the state was approaching its goal of ending chronic homelessness.

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Christopher Smart will join us today to talk about homelessness in Utah.