Press Release
February 26, 2020

Governor Herbert and homeless advocates encourage Utahns to support homeless services on their tax forms

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan 10, 2020) — After visiting with two Utahns experiencing homelessness today, Governor Gary R. Herbert encouraged Utahns to donate to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund on their 2019 Utah state tax returns. It’s also easy to donate online at

Gov. Herbert and community advocate Pamela Atkinson toured the new training kitchen at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall today. The expanded and remodeled kitchen will host a 14-week program for homeless individuals to receive the training they need to work in the restaurant industry. 

Gov. Herbert also met with two clients experiencing homelessness who rely on the services at the dining hall and the Weigand Homeless Resource Center next door, both operated by Catholic Community Services. 

“Catholic Community Services is a good example of the organizations all around the state that are providing vital services to people experiencing homelessness,” said Gov. Herbert. “One of the easiest ways to support these organizations is to donate to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund on your state tax form.” 

“Not knowing where you are going to sleep or get your next meal is stressful and frightening,” added Atkinson. “Your donations can literally help save lives.”

All of the donated funds are distributed to agencies around the state that provide vital resources for those who are experiencing homelessness. The trust fund is leveraged with other state funding to provide the maximum impact for the following services:  

  • Emergency services – temporary shelters, soup kitchens, day centers and outreach services  
  • Supportive services – varying levels of case management used to help more people move into stable housing  
  • Housing services – rapid rehousing, transitional housing, rental assistance, on-site case management and security 

Learn more or donate at