Families evicted from Utah storage facility

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29 Apr 2012 09:09 #1401 by ams
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SOUTH SALT LAKE -- Authorities say they found people living in at least five units of a South Salt Lake self-storage facility after conducting a raid there last month.
Police and health officials found "a makeshift bedroom with food, clothing and other living accessories" in one unit at A-1 Storage, according to a search warrant released Thursday.
Police said the March 20 raid turned up televisions, microwaves and lamps in another unit, and recliners, work stations, heaters and air conditioning units in others.
Officials said that conditions were neither sanitary nor safe. Among other things, health officials found human waste being stored in bottles.
The tenants were evicted, but authorities didn't have an exact count of how many people were living there.
A-1 Storage manager Christie Andrews said she notified police after finding a 3-year-old baby living in one unit. She explained that sometimes families can't afford traditional rent.
"They're homeless and they don't have anywhere to go," Andrews said, adding that some families had been living in the sheds for six months.
She couldn't tell they were in the units because they would secretly lock themselves in, she added.
"I would kick them out and then an hour later they were there," she said.
Advocates for Utah's homeless said they rarely encounter people living in self-storage units.
Ed Snoddy, a homeless outreach worker with Volunteers of America since 1995, said he has not personally witnessed people living in storage units. He has worked with many people who live in homeless camps and abandoned buildings.
"This is the first I've heard about it. Personally, on our outreach trips we've never seen it," he told the Deseret News.
Tony Milner is executive director of Family Promise of Salt Lake, a nonprofit agency that provides services and housing to homeless families through a network of churches. More often, people seeking assistance live in their cars, he said.
Rents for storage units are significantly lower than apartments or rooms. A 10-by-10 foot unit rents for about $80 a month.
Cory Milligan, manager of 13th South Self Storage, said finding an apartment or room "is tough once you have bad credit. The economy keeps getting worse. It's probably going to happen more."


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29 Apr 2012 13:11 #1402 by dirkwood
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A very sad story.
At a facility with a gate and a needed code to get in, individual door alarms, build in cylinder locks in the doors and with managers living on site this would not have happened unless owners/managers would let them, something what supposed to be against the law.
We need to protect people as it is not only dangerous to a facility but also to the homeless themselves.

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20 Nov 2015 09:22 #1900 by ams
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We have heard of this happening in our area. The facilities it is happening at are ones that just have a single young employee who really can not do anything out of concern for their safety.

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20 Dec 2015 23:50 #1903 by Brandle
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I personally don't think that it's very hygienic for people to be living in storage units. Even if the facilities have running water, toilets and electricity run to the units. Who knows what kind of activities people are doing in the middle of the night there! And as a manager of a self storage facility, I'm shocked that other managers wouldn't know about things like this going on in their premises!

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