Inside Utah’s new homeless centers: How will they be different?

SALT LAKE CITY — Ever since city and county leaders began the controversial process of siting three new homeless resource centers to replace the Road Home’s troubled downtown shelter, fear that the new facilities would bring crime and drugs to three new neighborhoods fueled NIMBY-ism.

Throughout that process, politicians and homelessness advocates repeatedly promised — and continue to promise today — that these homeless resource centers will be different.

And as the first one nears its opening in the coming days, there are vast differences taking shape inside, and it’s not just because it’s a brand new building with clean floors and shiny surfaces.

As finishing touches were taking place last week inside the Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center, officials from site operator Volunteers of America gave the Deseret News a tour of the 200-bed facility at 131 E. 700 South, showcasing what’s to be expected when clients move in over the next few weeks.

From the beginning of the siting process, politicians and homeless advocates have insisted the new facilities be called resource centers — not shelters — to drill home the point that the buildings will be service-focused, featuring three meals a day, basic health care, job assistance and housing help.

During Friday’s tour, services and resources took center stage from the first step inside the center’s lobby.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Volunteers of America employees wait for clients to arrive for tours at the Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Step 1 will be ‘diversion’ where possible

The very first thing clients will do is consult with a “diversion specialist,” said Patrice Dickson, chief operating officer of Utah Community Action, the organization that has been hired to conduct the intake process of the new resource centers.

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The Galaxy Tab S6 shows Samsung isn’t giving up the tablet fight

It’s no secret that Android tablets are in an awkward position. While Apple’s iPad remains an important part of its product line-up, even Google has given up on making an equivalent. But Samsung hasn’t given up on Android tablets just yet. Today it announced the Galaxy Tab S6. It’s clear the tablet has taken some inspiration from the new iPad Pro, but it has a few tricks of its own too. First, the specs: 10.5″ Super AMOLED Display 6GB + 128 GB or 8GB + 128GB RAM and storage configurations Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9610 7,040 mAh battery (15 hours battery life claimed) 8MP…

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Senate Confirms Kelly Craft As The Next U.N. Ambassador

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The Senate confirmed Kelly Craft as the new U.S. ambassador to the U.N. on Wednesday by a vote of 56-34.

Craft has served as U.S. ambassador to Canada since August 2017. She’s taking over for previous U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, who left the post at the end of December.

Democrats have criticized Craft over her past remarks on climate change. In 2017, she said “there are scientists on both sides that are accurate,” even though the scientific community overwhelmingly agrees climate change is real. And in her confirmation hearing, Democrats also brought up reports that during her time as ambassador to Canada, Craft spent less than half her time in that country.

Craft said she spent her time outside of Canada advancing trade negotiations. She also promised to recuse herself from matters involving coal, since her husband is a coal executive.

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Report: Jeffrey Epstein wants to freeze his head and penis, seed the world with his DNA

Former financier and alleged sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein is an apparent transhumanist who hoped to seed the world with his DNA and have his head and penis cryonically preserved. According to a report from the New York Times, Epstein spent decades cultivating connections within the science and technology communities. He rubbed elbows with Nobel laureates, big tech executives, and researchers from all over academia and hosted parties and dinners where scientific elites held discourse with him in hopes of scoring funding. But his interests allegedly lay outside the realms of normal scientific endeavor and in pseudoscience. Reportedly, the accused rapist planned…

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