Salt Lake Marching and Chowder Club
Minutes October 27, 2015
Recorded by: Lauren Smith
SLCMCC President, John Shannon
SLCMCC Secretary, Lauren Smith;
SLCMCC Member & Davis County NAMI representative, Catherine Birch;
Visitor and University Student, Nate Rockwood;
SLC District 4 Candidate, Nate Salazar;
Artist and local business owner, Jason “Seven” Olsen;
Nate Salazar is a social worker who was a case manager
There are 9 sub groups among the homeless population
Families with children
Women with children (they are often left homeless as a result of Domestic Violence)
Individuals homeless by choice
Statistic approx. 73% homeless experience mental illness, domestic violence or other barriers to stable housing
We have a lot of silo type work being done from different service groups developing different plans there is strength in numbers and service groups should band together to eliminate competition for federal grants and limited resources
We need to break down the silo groups by getting everyone together and sharing data
We need to put egos aside and work on collective impact by strategic planning
It would be a good first step to get a MOU contract (Memorandum of Understanding)
“Housing first” took 10 years to come together
Fast track same day voter registration
$51 million from the county’s budget
What makes up a community and where are the leaders?
We need to look at each sub population differently
Homeless suggests housing would fix the problem
Group of people who may not be happy, but they get by
We can provide programs, we can add stability
The homeless need to be involved personally
It’s ignorant to not involve the people who we are trying to help
How do we get them motivated?
Jason is a drug court graduate who has been sober for 5 years. His motivation is his son.
The City has the opportunity to give drug users a treatment option instead of jail.
The war on drugs will not end. We have been trying to make it work for 100 years.
If we drive the dealers out of the gateway district, they will just move on to sugarhouse
Religion can help. John asks again: where are all of the “Jesus Boys”?