URGENT! Save funding for Utah homeless shelters from the chopping block!

June 15th, 2020|URGENT Action|0 Comments

Ask the Executive Appropriations Committee not to cut funding for Utah’s homeless shelters during the coronavirus pandemic!

On Wednesday, Utah legislators on the Executive Appropriations Committee will meet to discuss state budget adjustments to reflect the decreased revenue as a result of the coronavirus and subsequent economic downturn. Many crucial items on the social services budget that have been long fought for to serve our most vulnerable populations are now in danger of being cut. 

On the potential chopping block is $1.5M of critical funding for Utah’s homeless resource centers, which would be matched dollar for dollar to leverage state funding for a total of $3M in services. Every dollar cut from the program is $2 lost to serve Utah’s most vulnerable.

At a time of unprecedented need when we are already struggling to provide adequate shelter and programs for people experiencing homelessness, and when we expect to see our vulnerable populations increase due to ongoing economic uncertainty, this funding is needed more than ever. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Write a letter to the members of the executive appropriations committee using our simple form below and ask them to preserve funding for Utah homeless shelters and to preserve funding to all programs that help increase housing security.
  • Find out more about the funding for Utah’s homeless resource centers and impacts from cutting the funding here.

Simply scroll down and click “Start Writing” to make your voice heard!

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • Reduced funding will result in drastic cuts to services that lead to increased encampments, reduced ability to slow the spread of COVID19, and other public health issues. 
  • Reduced funding to housing programs and to homeless shelters will result in increased cost for police activity, incarceration, and drug activity. 
  • Cutting this funding will set back all the progress that has been made to reduce homelessness and housing insecurity, including financial investment the state has already made in improving the lives of people experiencing homelessness. 
How to make sure your letter is successful:

  1. Use a clear and specific subject heading.
  2. Start with a salutation (“Dear …”).
  3. Be CIVIL, PERSONAL and as CONCISE as possible.
  4. Mention that you are a CONSTITUENT and include your full address with zip code.
  5. Sign your name at the end.

Write Your Letter Here

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