After visiting with several formerly homeless veterans on Feb. 20, 2019, Governor Gary R. Herbert encouraged Utahns to donate to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund on their 2018 Utah state tax returns. New this year, Utahns can also donate online at jobs.utah.gov/htf.
Governor Herbert and community advocate Pamela Atkinson toured Freedom Landing, meeting with several residents who had been homeless in the past and now live in the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City’s 109-unit permanent supportive housing facility.
“Veterans are more likely to experience homelessness than civilians, and we need to do our part to help break that cycle,” said Gov. Herbert.
While veteran homelessness in Utah has decreased by 30 percent since 2011, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count still found that there were 222 veterans experiencing homelessness in Utah on that one night. That night, a total of 2,876 people were found to be homeless statewide. During the course of the year, approximately 15,000 Utahns experience homelessness for some amount of time.
“Having a safe place to stay makes a world of difference for someone experiencing homelessness,” said Atkinson. “Your donations help support these housing opportunities and other services that can literally save lives.”
Donated funds are distributed to agencies statewide that provide vital resources for those who are experiencing homelessness.
There are two easy ways to donate to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund. Contributions can be made on the Utah state tax form, by looking for the "Contributions" section. Click on the video below for a quick look at how to donate when filing electronically.
There is also a new, simple online donation portal at jobs.utah.gov/htf.