New Homeless Resource Centers
Homelessness is a year-round issue. Shelter the Homeless is currently developing three new Homeless Resource Centers: two in Salt Lake City and one in South Salt Lake. These trauma-informed designed centers are part of a broader change to provide solutions and implement measures that address the underlying causes of homelessness and help individuals achieve housing stabilization and self-reliance.
Resource Center Model
Our primary goal is to prevent and end homelessness by providing emergency temporary shelter with a high level of on-site supportive services to help those experiencing homelessness resolve their immediate housing crisis and rapidly return to stable housing. Each Resource Center will provide not only a safe, warm place to sleep, but a wide range of services including housing navigation, employment training, life skills, food, medical care, storage, counseling, and connections to long-term community support. Facilities will be served by mobile health clinics, and clients will have on-site access to a nurse manager.
Most importantly, we are collaborating with community partners, including government agencies and service providers, to develop a Coordinated Entry System. This unified approach will help people experiencing homelessness access shelter placement/diversion, homeless-specific resources, and housing in a much more coordinated, efficient way.
Transition Plan & Timeline
The transition from the old model of homeless services delivery to the new model began in 2016, with the legislative appropriation for initial resource center model funding, in depth shelter bed needs analysis and statewide implementation of diversion for families. The transition process will continue through the opening of the three new resource centers in 2019. The final months of the transition is being guided by a transition team, including issue-specific task groups. See links below for more information of the transition process and timeline.