Since Crossroads Urban Center was founded in 1966 only a handful of people have served as director for our food pantry. The third of those people, Rachel Fishbein, will be retiring at the end of this year after providing solid leadership for twenty years. We will miss her commitment, consistency and compassion.
CROSSROADS URBAN CENTER COMMENTS TO THE CITY COUNCIL
ON THE PROPOSED RMF-30 ZONING AMENDMENT – October 2020
Crossroads Urban Center believes that the proposed RMF-30 zoning text amendment will spur the development of expensive new housing at the cost of existing, often “naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH).” We are also concerned that approval at this time will relieve the pressure to require and incentivize inclusion of affordability in new housing development.
We are skeptical of claims that increasing housing density will increase housing affordability, or that increased housing supply will exert significant downward pressure on price appreciation. We have witnessed neither in this market. The “filtering” effect of higher income households into neighborhoods does not guarantee increased affordability, and may actually encourage further gentrification of neighborhoods.
Crossroads Urban Center supports actions to reduce barriers to housing density and affordability, as well as the stated goal of the zoning text amendment to “increase diversity of housing types for all income levels throughout the city.” We support the sections of the text amendment that encourage diversity of housing types, and also support the September 25th changes made to the lot area requirements in response to public comments.
We note that the City acknowledges that “removing zoning barriers to housing development is a small piece of the overall housing affordability puzzle and should be implemented in conjunction with other affordability programs in order to make the most meaningful impact.” See: http://www.slcdocs.com/Planning/Planning%20Commission/2019/00313Memo.pdf
Specific Policy Examples:
The City has failed to address this problem for years, and we are concerned that making major changes to the zoning code without addressing mitigation at the same time will result in more housing losses, lost NOAH, and lost opportunities to offset those losses through inclusionary requirements or in lieu fees.
Taking a bit more time now to coordinate the adoption of re-zoning and the affordable housing overlay proposals will mean better and more meaningful results for all city residents.
Map of RMF-30 Zoning Districts Citywide
Map of RMF 30 Districts in Central City / East Central Neighborhoods
Map of RMF-30 Zoning Districts in the Sugar House Neighborhood
PANTRY/THRIFT STORE AIDE
Crossroads Urban Center, a private, nonprofit agency, employs a Pantry/Thrift Store Aide to work with other staff and volunteers in our Food Pantries and free/low cost Thrift Store. This position is directly responsible to the Westside Pantry Manager and is also supervised by the Thrift Store Manager and Emergency Services Director as needed.
- Knowledge of general procedures in an emergency food pantry and/or thrift store and experience working in this type of environment.
- Ability to work under pressure.
- Ability to do heavy lifting (50 pound boxes).
- Ability to take direction and follow through on assigned tasks.
- Ability and experience working with low income and homeless people.
- Basic computer literacy.
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
- Fluent Spanish speaker preferred.
- Work in the emergency food pantries as needed stocking, bagging groceries, picking up food donations, and conducting intake interviews.
- Work in the Thrift Store as needed stocking shelves and racks, keeping the sales area clean and straightened up, and sorting and receiving donations.
- Help maintain electronic client database.
- Unload trucks and assist donors contributing food and other donations.
- Greet visitors, manage waiting room traffic, and answer phone calls.
- Dispense basic information and referrals as appropriate.
- Photocopying and light clerical duties.
- Routine maintenance/clean-up of building as needed.
- Miscellaneous duties as assigned by the Emergency Services Director, the Westside Pantry Director, or the Thrift Store Manager.
WAGE & BENEFITS: Part-time, hourly position. Pro-rated health benefits, vacation and sick leave. This is a permanent position.
TO APPLY: Resume by 12 noon on September 8th to Glenn Bailey, Crossroads Urban Center, 347 S. 400 East, SLC, 84111, email@example.com.
Crossroads Urban Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY
347 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
CROSSROADS THRIFT STORE
1385 West Indiana Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Tues.– Friday : 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CROSSROADS WESTSIDE FOOD PANTRY
1358 West Indiana Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Tues & Thurs: 9AM - 2PM
Food only (no emergency services)
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