Cache County struggling to deal with homelessness

There are a lot of homeless people in Cache Valley, according to Kathy Robison who has been leading a committee exploring the homeless situation while serving as a member of the Cache County Council and part of a Bear River Association of Governments study group.

Robison says committee members feel they could probably come up with money to build a homeless shelter, but the problem has been with maintenance and staffing it with competent people. So far no one has come up with a satisfactory financial solution.

Some people claim local officials send their homeless to Ogden so they don’t have to deal with them, but Robison says that is not the reason.

She says there is a state-designated shelter in Ogden called The Lantern House but not all local homeless people are able to go there.

“Sometimes people have children in school here,” Robison explains, “or they have part-time jobs, or full-time jobs, or they have other reasons why they do not want to go down to Ogden, or they can’t go down to Ogden at this time.

“So there is kind of where the problem is running into, what do we do with families or people that have to stay in the valley for other reasons. That is what we have been trying to work on over the last few years.”

Robison is leaving the Cache County Council after serving 16 years. She says Logan City Councilmember Herm Olsen and his wife Norma have been asked to take over the homeless committee and she is hoping they have success.

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