April 29, 2019
Homeless resource center partners aim to get ‘100 More Housed’ during transition
SALT LAKE CITY (April 29, 2019) - Today Lt. Governor Spencer Cox announced a new effort to help an additional 100 homeless people move into permanent housing during the transition to the homeless resource centers. The “100 More Housed” initiative is an effort by the Homeless Resource Center Transition Committee, including the state, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Shelter the Homeless, The Road Home, Catholic Community Services, Utah Community Action and Volunteers of America, Utah.
“Housing is an essential part of the new homeless services delivery model,” said Cox. “We want to move people into stable housing situations as quickly as possible, and we’re starting now, before the new homeless resource centers are even built.”
The three homeless resource centers will replace the existing downtown community shelter, which is slated for closure in September 2019.
Housing vouchers totaling more than $1 million are available to help people experiencing homelessness to move into market-rate housing. The state recently funded an additional $400,000 for application fees, deposits and other barrier removal and to hire case managers to match those who are eligible for vouchers with appropriate housing.
“The solution to homelessness is housing,” said Housing and Community Development Division Director Jonathan Hardy. “Our goal is to make homelessness in Utah rare, brief and nonrecurring, and an important part of that goal is getting people into housing as efficiently as possible.”
Lt. Governor Cox called on Salt Lake area landlords to become partners in creating solutions, working with housing agencies and homeless service providers to make units available to people who have been homeless. Landlords can benefit from case management to help residents be successful, guaranteed rent direct-deposited into their accounts and move-in ready tenants. Interested landlords are encouraged to contact Dennis Faris with Housing Connect at 801-284-4442 or DennisFaris@HousingConnect.org.
Learn more about the transition to three new homeless resource centers at homelessutah.org/resource-centers.