New Homeless Resource Centers
Shelter the Homeless is currently developing three new Homeless Resource Centers: two in Salt Lake City and one in South Salt Lake. These Resource Centers are part of a broader change to find solutions and implement measures that will address the underlying causes of homelessness and help homeless individuals achieve housing stability and self-reliance.
Resource Center Model
The goal is to provide emergency 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 throughout the day including temporary shelter, employment training, life skills, housing navigation, 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.
This coordinated community strategy approach to delivering services was developed by a diverse group of key stakeholders, including government agencies, various philanthropies, and trusted homeless service providers.
Transition Plan & Timeline
The transition from the old 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 scheduled for June 2019. The final six months of the transition will be guided by a transition team, including issue-specific subcommittees.