Housing in Utah: Panel Discussion

January 26, 2021
7:00pm Mountain Time
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Join PBS Utah and the Salt Lake County Library for a special book club discussion. Participants should read the book Evicted and come to the event ready to talk about the book. Attendees will watch A Home of Their Own — a 30 minute documentary following families in Utah working towards finding housing.

A discussion with representatives from the housing community as well as Shailey Ovard (featured in the film) to talk about her experience will follow the film. This is a great way to become an ally and learn more about the housing situation in Utah and the challenges families face to secure a home of their own.

This is an online event and an RSVP is required. Link coming soon. This event uses resources from PBS Utah's Book Club in a Box program. For more information about how you can host your own book club with these resources, visit pbsutah.org/bookclub

Video Descriptions

The Hinckley Report | Promo

Helping Homeless Youth in Utah | Utah Insight

"We'll always find a place if there's a youth in need." Each year, 5,000 teens in Utah are homeless, and the numbers are going up. Youth Futures in Weber County works tirelessly to bring shelter to at-risk youth and help them work towards a new future.

A Home of Their Own

'A Home of Their Own' follows the stories of three families living at the Road Home family shelter in Midvale Utah: a single working mother with four children; a single dad with a special needs child; and a mother determined to break the course of her drug addiction. Each family hoping for a safe and a lasting home of their own.

90 minutes



  • Heather Buhler

    Heather will be moderating the discussion this evening. Heather is a Community Engagement Senior Librarian with Salt Lake County Library. She has worked in libraries for ten years. She started as a librarian at Kearns Library helping make a positive difference in the lives of all community members, including homeless, low income, and a multitude of others. Her favorite part of her work is helping people improve their quality of life by connecting them to resources, and each other.

  • Tara Rollins

    Tara Rollins joined the Utah Housing Coalition as their first full time Executive Director in 2005. Tara moved from New Hampshire with her husband 25 years ago to ski the powder of Utah. She worked at ASSIST Inc a Community Design Center for 10 years helping low income homeowners with emergency home repairs. Tara has sat on many boards throughout the community and continues her commitment to housing choices for all.

  • Sally Shaum

    Through the power of storytelling, Sally Shaum believes public television can build community and change lives. As a PBS Utah Producer-Director, Sally is intrigued by stories of the lives of Utahns. Telling stories of both present and past, Sally has produced/directed documentaries on Utah’s children, war veterans, refugee youth, the Southern Paiutes of Utah, and homeless issues. Sally is a graduate of The University of Utah, and is the recipient of multiple Rocky Mountain Emmy awards for production excellence.

  • Shailey Ovard

    Shailey Ovard is an instructor for Medicare ad Marketplace, training new hire employees. After a seventeen-year battle with opioid addiction, she fought her demons and is now 32 months sober. It took losing many friends, family members, her job, and her home, but she now has her children back and is reclaiming her life. She is featured in A Home of Their Own, produced by Sally Shaum at PBS Utah.

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