We are pleased to announce that the new director of our historic emergency food pantry in downtown Salt Lake City will be Matt Minkevitch. Matt is replacing long time pantry director Rachel Fishbein, who is retiring at the end of this year.
"We are excited to have Matt on our team at Crossroads," said Executive Director Glenn Bailey. “His decades of experience in emergency food and services for people experiencing homelessness will help us to not only continue to meet the needs of people coming to us for help, but to build new and effective programs for the future."
We asked Matt for a comment for this post and here is what he had to say, "I am elated to be welcomed into this remarkable team. For decades Crossroads has served as a beacon of service and advocacy for our community. I look forward to doing my part to serve each person who turns to us in their moment of need."
Welcome to the team, Matt!
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
EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY
347 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
CROSSROADS THRIFT STORE
1385 West Indiana Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Tues.– Friday :
CROSSROADS WESTSIDE FOOD PANTRY
1358 West Indiana Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9AM-5PM (closed Wednesday)
Food only (no emergency services)
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