Our Mission

Shelter the Homeless, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. We aim to benefit individuals and communities by:

  • Owning land and facilities for the benefit of individuals who are experiencing homelessness, who have in the past experienced homelessness, or who are at-risk of experiencing homelessness;
  • Selecting and monitoring providers of services for such individuals;
  • Fostering accountability for public safety in relation to homeless services and helping to integrate homeless service facilities into the neighborhoods where they are located.


Shelter the Homeless was created in 1988 to serve the public good “through the alleviation of human suffering.” To fulfill this mission, Shelter the Homeless purchased land and developed facilities where programs and services could be provided “to aid homeless individuals to become self-sufficient.” The first facility was a single community shelter located in downtown Salt Lake City which was operated by Traveler’s Aid Society, now known as The Road Home. Over time, ownership expanded to include land and facilities in Midvale for a family shelter, as well as two housing complexes located in Salt Lake City, Palmer Court and Wendell Apartments.  Each of these facilities operates for the purpose of helping individuals in housing crises achieve housing stability.

As Shelter the Homeless continues to evolve to serve the community, we have identified the need to provide greater accountability for the good of individuals experiencing homelessness, and for the communities in which services are received. As part of a broad community coalition, Shelter the Homeless is working toward achieving better outcomes for individuals in crisis and for the community as a whole. We are committed to doing so with transparency, mutual support and accountability.

Bylaws | Amended & Restated 4.25.2017