Salt Lake’s recent camp reduction on Victory Road has people looking for “stability.”

Officials estimated that 50 people lived in the camp.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The eviction of camps east of Victory Road in the foothills north of Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

Salt Lake County and City officials Wednesday began a large-scale clean-up of a homeless encampment in the outskirts of the city.

Front loaders pushed trash and people’s belongings onto dump trucks while a pickup truck towed a wheelless camper down the mountain near the state capitol. City officials estimated that 50 people lived in the camp on Victory Road, although residents believe the number may be closer to 100.

Sydnee Collingwood, 27, has lived there off and on for around five years and feels safe at the location.

“As a homeless person, you have to move all the time,” Collingwood said. “Up here is one of the few places where you can actually have something like a stable – I mean, it’s not the best – but it’s the sturdiest you can have while homeless. Like having the same bed every night and not having to worry about being kicked out the next morning.”

To learn more about inventory reduction, visit KUER.org.

This article is published by the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations dedicated to educating readers across the state.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/05/04/salt-lakes-latest-camp/ Salt Lake’s recent camp reduction on Victory Road has people looking for “stability.”

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