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Utah all too often is a punchline for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
That wasn't the case Wednesday night.
The show did a 5 minute, 30 second segment on Utah's fight to end homelessness that featured Lloyd Pendleton, the director of the Utah Homeless Task Force. It focused on Utah's housing-first approach to end chronic homelessness, which stresses finding housing for a person so that medical issues, substance problems and employment can be dealt with.
Hasan Minhaj served as The Daily Show's "reporter" on the story, and he concluded the segment by saying, "So if you see a homeless person, don't feel bad. Know they can get a second shot at life. All they have to do is live in Utah."
Even The Salt Lake Tribune made the cut, referencing Christopher Smart's story headlined Utah praised for initative to end chronic homelessness.
You can watch the full episode here, but the segment on Utah starts at the 9 minute, 1 second mark, just after the first commercials.
- Kevin Winters Morriss