‘Trib Talk’: Neighbors push back against the INN Between hospice and medical center for the homeless

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) When The INN Between, a Salt Lake City homeless hospice for those with terminal illnesses, moved into this small neighborhood on Salt Lake City’s east side in May, residents worried it would operate as a de facto homeless shelter and bring increased crime. Six months later, they say their worst fears have come true. Friday Nov. 16, 2018.

The INN Between moved to Salt Lake City’s east side in May, with a mission to provide hospice and medical care to individuals with nowhere else to go. But over the past six months, a cool reception from some neighbors has escalated into threats of litigation, no-trespass orders and an organized effort to stop the INN Between’s expansion and move it away from homes.

Critics say the INN Between’s indigent clientele bring crime to the neighborhood, while the people who run the medical center say their patients, who are homeless, are being unfairly judged and stereotyped.

On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Tribune reporter Taylor Stevens and INN Between directors Kim Correa and Matilda Lindgren join Benjamin Wood to discuss the controversy around medical care for the homeless.

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