Fighting Poverty

In addition to emergency services for people in need, Crossroads Urban Center develops and sponsors advocacy projects that address issues of social justice. Our mission of meeting people's immediate basic needs goes hand in hand with Crossroads Urban Center's mission to address and change the forces that keep people poor.

Throughout our history, many groups committed to organizing and advocating for low income people have started at Crossroads, including Wasatch Community Gardens, Utahns Against Hunger, and J.E.D.I. for Women.

Today, Crossroads supports and runs advocacy projects that address issues such as affordable housing, utility rates, vision and dental care for Medicaid recipients, removing the sales tax on food, and access to food stamp benefits. Crossroads provides education and information to local, state and federal officials on issues that directly impact low income people, the disabled and people of color in Utah. Working with people who face these issues daily, as well as advocating on their behalf, is at the heart of our work.

Programs Run by The Crossroads Urban Center (with dates established)

Independent Programs that Crossroads Started (with date group became independent)

Programs Crossroads Played a Role in Establishing (with dates established)

Programs Started Which No Longer Exist (with dates established)

  • UHTA (Utah HUD Tenants Association - 1997)
  • Impact 2002 & Beyond (Olympic community impact coalition - 1995)
  • Utah Housing Technical Assistance Program (1994)
  • Children's Literacy Project (1994)
  • Justice, Economic Dignity, and Independence (J.E.D.I.) for Women (1992)
  • Decency Principles Project (1992)
  • Community Coalition of Utah (1990)
  • Utah Welfare Reform Coalition (1987)
  • Utah Hands Across America Coalition (1986)
  • Hunger Sabbath (1986)
  • The Task Force for the Appropriate Treatment of the Homeless Mentally Ill (1985)
  • Utah Food Assistance Providers (1985)
  • CEASE (1984)
  • Utah Energy Conservation/Energy Management Project (1984)
  • Fair Budget Action Coalition (1983)
  • Salt Lake Citizens Congress (1983)
  • Activists Working Against Rage Through Education (AWARE - 1983)
  • The Shelter Project (1982)
  • Emergency Housing Assistance Program (1982)
  • Utah Clergy and Laity Concerned (1981)
  • Spend Taxes On People Coalition (STOP) (1981)
  • Unidos en Utah (1980)
  • Roadway Enterprises (1979)
  • Tennants Association for Better Housing (1979)
  • Tennant-Landlord Mediation Service (1979)
  • Utah Mobile Home Owners Cooperative Foundation (1979)
  • St. Marks Neighborhood Council (1978)
  • Your Neighborhood Action Group (YNAG - 1978)
  • Near Town Action Group (NTAG - 1978)
  • Chesterfield Improvement District (1977)
  • Westen Action and Training Institute (1977)
  • People Against Redlining (PAR) (1976)
  • Westside Action Residents (WAR - 1976)
  • Rosedale Action (1976)
  • Redwood Action Group Enterprises (RAGE - 1976)
  • Learning Action Program (LAP) (1976)
  • Utility Consumer Action Group (1975)
  • Society of Ex -Offenders (1975)
  • Sherwood Neighborhood Action Group (SNAG - 1975)
  • Free School (1974)
  • Committee of Interested Americans (CIA - 1974)
  • Save The Neighborhood Coalition (1973)
  • Cooperative Nursery (1973)
  • Community Education Program (1973)
  • Union of Divorced Women (1973)
  • South County Neighborhood Group (1973)
  • Santa's Helper/Toy Store/Sub for Santa/Santa's Workshop (1972)
  • New Lark Life Non-Profit Co-op (1972)
  • Union of The Poor (1972)
  • Youth Hostel (1972)
  • Big Brothers/Tutoring Program (1968)
  • Daycare/Head Start (1968)
  • Various Youth Programs (1966-1973)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Mission

Crossroads Urban Center is a nonprofit, grassroots organization that assists and organizes low income, disabled, and minority Utahns to meet basic survival needs and to address essential issues affecting quality of life.

Crossroads Programs

  • Luisa E. Lema Emergency Food Pantry
  • Thrift Store
  • Anti-Hunger Action Committee
  • Coalition of Religious Communities
  • Community Housing Advocacy Project
  • Utah Poverty Partnership
  • Sarah House Utah

Contact Information

347 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, UT  84111-2904
Phone: 801-364-7765
Toll Free: 1-888-747-8482
Fax: 801-364-7228