Salt Lake City

HOST Program Continues to Make Positive Difference


November 18, 2013
Contact:  Art Raymond

HOST Program Continues to Make Positive Difference
Mayor, Police Chief and advocates will discuss successes of program and announce HOST donation amounts
SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker, Police Chief Chris Burbank and community and religious leaders will celebrate the successes of the Homeless Outreach Service Team (HOST) at a media event on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. in the east lobby of the downtown Zions Bank Building, 1 S. Main Street. The HOST program was launched in 2011 with the goal of connecting homeless individuals with social service providers and resources.
Local businesses have sponsored red HOST meters at various locations for downtown visitors to utilize in lieu of handouts to panhandlers. Money collected from the meters and from business sponsorship of the meters is distributed to service providers through the Pamela J. Atkinson Foundation. Salt Lake City Police officers use contacts with panhandlers as opportunities to offer referrals to service providers and have, along with those providers, sponsored focused weekly outreach efforts to make important connections between social service organizations and people in need of help.
Mayor Becker and Chief Burbank will be joined by community advocate Pamela Atkinson, Fourth Street Clinic CEO Kristy Chambers, Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis and Bishop John C. Wester. The group will speak about the ways HOST is impacting the community’s homeless population and announce the amount of donations collected this past year from HOST meters and sponsorships and distributed to service providers.
“We continue to strive to help individuals access services they desperately need,” said Mayor Becker. “Our police officers, businesses and other community members are working together to address many of the difficult issues we are experiencing in Salt Lake City. By making referrals when appropriate, we provide opportunities for a positive and long-lasting difference in the lives of those who are homeless and are facing chemical dependency, financial insecurity and other challenges.”

EVENT:                                    HOST Program Update and Donation Amount Announcement
WHO:                                       Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
                                                Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank
                                                Community Advocate Pamela Atkinson
                                                Fourth Street Clinic CEO Kristy Chambers
                                                Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis
                                                The Most Reverend John Charles Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City
WHEN:                                      Wednesday, Nov. 20
                                                11 a.m.
WHERE:                                     Zions Bank
                                                1 S. Main Street
                                                East lobby area