Mormon church says it’s donated $42M to help homeless

FILE - People gather near a shelter in Salt Lake City Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Legislative leaders and the mayors of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County announced they're abandoning two of four planned homeless resource centers for the city. Officials said they'll still build two other 200-bed shelters and will select a site for a third shelter in Salt Lake County by March 30. House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, says officials have also decided they'll close the 1,000-plus bed downtown homeless shelter by June 30, 2019.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church officials say they’re committed to helping address homelessness and that the religion has donated $42 million in cash and materials over the last decade to eight Utah organizations.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ top leaders said Thursday in a statement that they are grateful to Salt Lake City area leaders who have been tackling the issue.

The church agreed to sell a church-owned thrift store to make room for one of the new homeless shelters.

Church leaders say they will continue to offer their food storage, employment training, job placement and ministry to help because they feel “keenly a responsibility to help in a Christlike way.”

Mormon church officials don’t usually discuss how they spend their money. Faithful Mormons give 10 percent of their income as a tithe to the church.

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