Salt Lake City shared its 2017-2021 Affordable Housing Plan today to address both short and long-term housing needs in our community. The plan works to create systemic change that will lead to increased housing options for SLC residents. Now that is something to cheer about!
Although we are making progress in our response to the opioid epidemic in our nation, repealing the ACA could negatively impact access to treatment and our ability to sustain this progress. Please check out this article! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aca-opioid-epidemic_us_5889fdbfe4b0737fd5cba6b0?
It is COLD out there! Please help support Volunteers of America (VOA) in their outreach efforts to those who are homeless. Warm coats, boots, and winter clothing are in need right now! Contact VOA at 801-631-7584 to donate!
From all of us at First Step House, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a very healthy 2017!
Our Pay for Success project is a GO! In Mayor Ben McAdams words..."It truly took a village - 125 people gave more than 12,000 hours as we built these projects.This extraordinary effort was made possible by your passion, dedication, creativity, and intellectual firepower.
We fully support and applaud Salt Lake County for their actions to address the need for substance abuse treatment services for those who are also struggling with homelessness AND combat opioid abuse. Two critical needs facing our neighbors, friends, colleagues, and community members. Thank you Salt Lake County!
1. Every 19 minutes an American dies from opioid or heroin overdose. 2. Only 10% of those who need treatment are able to get it. 3. More people are suffering from substance abuse than all the cancers combined.
First Step House is in the HOUSE! The White House that is. We were invited to attend the "Convening on Pay for Success and the Opioid Crisis," hosted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Attendees include leaders involved in the Pay for Success model and those working to manage the opioid crisis.
Thank you Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, Deputy Chief Joshua Scharman, and Salt Lake City Police Social Work Manager Lana Dalton for visiting First Step House and helping people access the substance use disorder treatment they need.