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Salt Lake Mayor Went Undercover to Sleep on Street, in Homeless Shelter

Mayor Ben McAdams went undercover to research locations for a new homeless resource center

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    In this March 29, 2014, file photo, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams speaks in West Valley City, Utah. McAdams slept in the street and at a homeless shelter in March as he researched where to place a new homeless resource center.

    A Utah mayor says he spent a night on the street and another in a troubled Salt Lake City shelter as he was deciding on the location of a new homeless resource center.

    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said he went undercover with another county employee over a weekend in March.

    The mayor described witnessing violence and drug use at the downtown shelter, heartbreaking scenes with families and the exhaustion of just trying to find food and a bed.

    McAdams said it was a fact-finding mission, not a publicity stunt, and that he sent donations to cover his use of the resources.

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