New Homeless Resource Centers
Shelter the Homeless is currently developing three new Homeless Resource Centers (HRCs): two in Salt Lake City and one in South Salt Lake. These HRCs are part of a broader strategy to 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 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 services, life skills, meals, 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. There are no pre-qualifications to stay at a resource center. Anyone who follows the rules is welcome.
Coordinated Entry System
Most importantly, we are collaborating with community partners, including government agencies and service providers, to develop a Coordinated Entry System. This centralized approach will help people experiencing homelessness access temporary shelter (lodging) placement/diversion, homeless-specific resources, and housing services in a much more coordinated, efficient way.
Neighborhood Advisory Committees
Shelter the Homeless is seeking representatives from the following categories below to serve on its Neighborhood Advisory Committees for each of the Resource Centers. The purpose of each Committee is to share information, solicit community support, consensus-building and problem resolution, and general communications. Meetings will be held quarterly.
- a business owner located within ¼ mile from the resource center;
- a resident who lives within ¼ mile from the resource center;
- a school representative, if any, within ¼ mile from the resource center
- a public safety representative within ¼ mile from the resource center;
- a hospital representative, if any, within 5 miles from the resource center; and
- chair of the nearest neighborhood community council (or designee)
For consideration to serve in this capacity, please submit your name, organization, address, and contact information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Click links below for more information of the transition process and timeline.