Downtown needs focused residential investment beyond market rate units in order to sustain a diverse, mixed-income neighborhood and continue to attract a healthy workforce and households of all ages, incomes and household sizes. To be truly successful as a neighborhood, downtown must have housing for singles, couples and families.
Downtown Rising supports Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County’s collective efforts to address homelessness in our community. This issue is an economic and moral challenge, but our state is better prepared than most to find systemic and collaborative solutions including mental health care, job training, substance abuse treatment and new investment in affordable housing. It will take a concerted effort at all levels of government, working with private and philanthropic leaders to find solutions to this issue.