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Matthew Piper

Reporter, Government

801-257-8768, mpiper@sltrib.com


  • Stakeholders jostle for position on nonprofit that will run Utah’s homeless initiative
    Nothing has proved easy about restructuring Utah’s approach to homelessness — from choosing locations of proposed new shelters to a schedule for shutt...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 12:11 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Social work Manager Lana Dalton talks with Rodney (no last name given) at the Community Connection Center in Salt Lake City Tuesday February 14, 2017. Police social workers? Salt Lake City’s unusual program has scores of success stories
    First, Salt Lake City’s police department gave Eric Bird a citation. Then the department gave him a list of felon-friendly apartment complexes, two bu...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 11:39 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     West Valley City citizens express their concerns about proposed homeless shelters in their city with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams as they attend an open house on at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City Tuesday March 21, 2017. McAdams, homeless leaders plot overflow shelter, closing St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen and using Midvale family shelter for single men
    The state may build yet another homeless shelter somewhere in Salt Lake County — though there’s been no public discussion about a “drunk tank overflow...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 05:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, speaks during a Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee in a past session of the Legislature. Latest hearing on Utah homeless shelters includes accusations, name calling
    Residents of South Salt Lake and West Valley City struck a desperate, pleading tone during what they thought was their last opportunity to dissuade le...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 11:09 am   |     |   Share

  • Among nation’s largest metro areas, Salt Lake City has the most millennials, report finds
    A real estate website found that the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has the highest concentration of millennials among the nation’s 60 largest housi...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 10:14 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of Save Our Canyons Bonanza Flats near the Wasatch Crest’s Guardsman Pass would be preserved under a $38 million deal reached by Park City leaders with the 1,350-acre parcel’s owner. This land was to become a 260-unit luxury destination, but the city, Summit County and nine non-profit groups have joined forces to acquire the land for public enjoyment and habitat conservation. Salt Lake City ponies up $1.5M toward Bonanza Flats preservation
    Salt Lake City will pay $1.5 million to help buy a Wasatch County parcel that it says is critical to protecting its watershed. With that, a collection...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 11:13 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City, Tuesday December 13, 2016. New homeless plan to meet demand despite 500 fewer shelter beds? Here’s the math
    Of all the arguments dogging a plan to reduce homelessness in and around the state capital, the most persistent may be that the numbers just don’t add...
    Updated Mar 25 2017 05:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Umu Tafisi (center) expresses her concerns of the proposed shelter site at 3091 South Main Street and its proximity to the state liquor store to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. Hundreds of concerned citizens packed the state Capitol’s Senate Building cafeteria Tuesday, March 14, 2017 during one of three  scheduled opportunities for the public to give feedback on possible shelter sites to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and county staff. McAdams gets cold reception at meeting on homeless shelters, but ‘he listened’
    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams heard many times Tuesday that his team’s proposed sites for a new homeless shelter range from ill-advised to unwork...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 11:27 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood, center right, is joined by South Salt Lake City Council members as she talks with the media stating that the two homeless shelter site finalists in their borders don’t meet the criteria sought by the county and state during a press conference at Woodrow Wilson Elementary South Salt Lake City, Utah Monday March 13, 2017. South Salt Lake officials: We’re too small, too poor to support county’s homeless shelter
    South Salt Lake doesn’t have what it takes to support a homeless shelter, its mayor and others argued Monday. That’s proven by “simple math,” accordi...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 05:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   We sit down with Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski to talk about the challenges she faced during her first year as mayor and what lies ahead. Critiques of her leadership style aside, Biskupski says she ‘loves’ being mayor
    Jackie Biskupski “loves” being Salt Lake City’s mayor and expresses few regrets amid critiques of her collaborative skills that have recurred since th...
    Updated Mar 12 2017 06:00 am   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   West Valley City resident Jule Erickson vents her frustration with the choice of the site at 2249 South Winston St. (1070 W), Friday, March 10, 2017. During an interview at the site she explained that she feels strongly about the Chesterfield area since some of it was once owned by her Grandfather in the 1920’s. New shelter to be in West Valley or South Salt Lake — cities already bearing plenty of state burdens, residents say
    As promised, Salt Lake County officials invited the public to scrutinize the five sites they’re considering for a new homeless shelter. Early indicat...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 03:58 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Speaker of the House of Representatives Greg Hughes, R-Draper, is joined by other Utah leaders in announcing that the city is dropping two of four planned homeless resource centers during a press announcement at the Utah Capitol on Friday, February 24, 2017. Also pictured are Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, from left. Homelessness front and center during 2017 session
    From House Speaker Greg Hughes’ opening remarks about a “homelessness crisis,” lawmakers waged an all-fronts attack on what they perceived to be the c...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 02:51 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams makes a comment as part of a panel of state and community leaders as they discussed issues surrounding homelessness in Salt Lake County at Salt Lake Community College South City Campus, Monday, February 13, 2017. Local city leaders brace for a homeless shelter they’re powerless to stop
    One Salt Lake County community will soon become home to a shelter that it hadn’t counted on a month ago. It might wind up being the state’s largest ho...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 02:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of Salt Lake City Century-old lampposts in Salt Lake City’s Washington Square inspired new fixtures that were flipped on Tuesday by Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. Salt Lake City turns on Washington Square lights to cap yearslong, $420K project
    At least from a literal standpoint, Salt Lake City Hall can no longer be accused of operating in the dark. More than 90 new light fixtures were switch...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 02:46 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake City Council has appealed to organizers of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show to keep the show in Utah. SLC council asks Outdoor Retailer to come back, join public-lands strategy
    Salt Lake’s City Council has a message for the organizers of Outdoor Retailer, who announced last month that their customers could not reconcile their...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 02:47 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City, Tuesday December 13, 2016. Committee kills bill to tax counties statewide to support Salt Lake shelters
    One of a series of bills targeting the state’s homelessness crisis failed in a House committee Monday on a tie 4-4 vote after members feared it would ...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 01:40 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is joined by other Utah leaders in announcing that the city is dropping two of four planned homeless resource centers during a press announcement at the Utah Capitol on Friday, February 24, 2017. To her right are Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson. Homeless funding bill empowers state to override city in picking Salt Lake County shelter site
    A bill that would put a bow on state funding for three homeless shelters would also bestow a gift upon Salt Lake County: the ability to locate a shelt...
    Updated Mar 25 2017 09:58 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Green Street and Simpson Avenue near the site of a proposed new Salt Lake City homeless shelter in Salt Lake City Friday February 24, 2017. Salt Lake City is going to build two, not four, homeless resource centers eliminating the Simpson Avenue site. Salt Lake City cancels controversial Simpson Avenue property deal tied to homeless shelter plan
    Salt Lake City will back out of a $7 million property purchase on Simpson Avenue after deciding late last week that the site is no longer needed for a...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 11:12 pm   |     |   Share