State, City, and a non-profit working together! WOW!
Between 45 and 55 people die on the streets of Salt Lake every year. Homeless people deprived of dignity even in their last moments on earth. A grassroots group of Utahns decided to 'do something'. For a couple of years they worked, built, and created the Inn Between. A hospice for the homeless.
But, as sometimes happens with activists and grassroots organizations, the Inn Between didn't have the expertise and experience of working complex zoning and code issues in Salt Lake City. City officials denied the hospice the license they had been anticipating. The City was doing the right thing for both the residents of the Inn as well as for the neighborhood.
It frustrated the Inn Between people. It looked as if the whole project might be scrapped.
Last week, under the patient and wise leadership of SLC Councilman Kyle LaMalfa and Inn Between Exec. Dir. Kim Correa, a meeting was held at the State Capitol. With officials from the state, terrific people from Salt Lake City, the SLC Council staff, and the Inn Between folks (special thanks to their architect), everyone sat down, talked, and listened to each other. The result, after a couple hours of discussion, was that there is now a strong path forward for the Salt Lake hospice for homeless - The Inn Between!