State of Utah to purchase downtown homeless shelter

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The State of Utah is purchasing the downtown Road Home homeless shelter.

The current owner, Shelter the Homeless, announced the decision to sell the shelter to the state during a 2:30 p.m. press conference on Tuesday.

Harris Simmons, Board President of Shelter the Homeless, addressed the media and said the sale price was $4 million.

“We have come to an agreement to sell the Rio Grande shelter to the state of Utah,” said Simmons.

In about a year the Road Home will be closing to make way for three new homeless shelters in the valley.

“It also allows Shelter the Homeless to focus all of our efforts on the completion of these new resource centers,” said Simmons.

In the meantime, the shelter will operate as it always has, with Department of Workforce Services as the landlord.

“We’re very interested in keeping that as a resource for the state,” said Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

He says it’s possible the building could become an artifact center for the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.

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