Letter from the Board President

Harris H. Simmons

Over the past few years, Utah has gained national attention for its efforts to help those who are experiencing homelessness…

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Letter from the Board President

Our Mission — A Team Effort

With the help of committed individuals like you, we can gather the resources necessary to create best-practice models for ending homelessness in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah. This initiative is a full partnership with the community and is committed to data-driven decisions, transparency, mutual support, and accountability.

We serve this mission by:

  • Owning land and facilities in trust for the homeless, including the three new resource centers in Salt Lake County
  • Selecting and monitoring service providers in those facilities
  • Working collaboratively with a broad coalition of stakeholders
  • Staffing the Collective Impact on Homelessness Committee and supporting the Collective Impact outcomes
  • Providing greater accountability for the safety of those experiencing homelessness and for communities where services are received

History Section

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 three permanent supportive housing complexes located in Salt Lake City – Palmer Court, Wendell Apartments, and The Magnolia (opening Summer 2020). Each of these facilities operates for the purpose of helping individuals in housing crises achieve housing stability by pairing housing with case management and supportive services.

As Shelter the Homeless continues to evolve, we have identified the need to provide greater oversight and accountability of Utah’s entire homeless services system and for the communities in which services are received. As part of a broad community coalition, Shelter the Homeless is working toward improved performance outcomes and creating a more data-driven decision making system for serving those experiencing a housing crisis and for the community as a whole. Together with our staff, board, and supporters, we commit ourselves to prevent and end homelessness in Utah.