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LDS Humanitarian Services helps furnish apartments for homeless

WEST VALLEY CITY (Deseret News)  — When the doors open next month, the Kelly Benson Apartments will be a place for aging members of the county's homeless population to get off the street and back on their feet.

And thanks to a donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the apartments will feel like home, says Valerie Walton of the Salt Lake County Housing Authority.

The church's Humanitarian Services has donated some $50,000 worth of beds, headboards, tables, chairs, towels and hygiene kits. A volunteer effort will help assemble the furniture and kits Saturday.

"These apartments are specifically for people who are 55 and older. These are people who are nearing or past retirement age. If they don't have the finances now, they likely never will," said Walton, the Housing Authority's grants and resource development administrator. "It would be one thing to provide them with an apartment, but if it was an empty apartment it certainly wouldn't feel like home."

Volunteers can help assemble the donated furniture at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The apartments, located at 3120 S. 3600 West, will offer 59 units for the chronically homeless and frail. The complex will have on-site access to support services.

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