Homeless Services Resource Centers

Since December 2014, Salt Lake City has been working to identify sites for new centers to serve individuals experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake City. 
 

After an extensive, criteria-driven site selection process, two sites were selected by Mayor Jaqueline Biskupski and the Salt Lake City Council, and announced to the public on February 24, 2017.

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Please note that the renderings below are examples only, and are used to illustrate potential size and shape in reference to the surrounding area.



131 East 700 South

  • Located near established services 

  • Integrated into Downtown Salt Lake City 

  • Well served by transit 

  • Mid-block location supports a secure site


 

275 West High Avenue

  • Located in a mixed-use neighborhood with easily accessible services and employment opportunities

  • Bus and light rail connections are within walking distance

  • Large site allows for creative design


The new resource centers will be secure, limited in size (200 persons), have critical services inside the facility, and support the “scattered site” model adopted by the City, County, State, and service providers. 

 
The goal of the “scattered site” model and the new resource centers is to break up the population currently being served in Salt Lake City in order to better support the needs of specific populations. Through case management, and tailored client services, the resource centers will help move individuals from homelessness to housing. 
 
Salt Lake City’s ultimate goal is to reduce the overall number of shelter beds through better access to affordable housing and critical services.

Public Workshops

Salt Lake City is hosting four public meetings to present preliminary designs and programming for the two new Homeless Resource Centers to be located at 131 E 700 S and 275 W High Ave. in Salt Lake City.
 
A Public Forum will be held on September 26, where community leaders and service providers will be on hand to explain how the concerns expressed by the community in January, and throughout this process, have been addressed, and how the new facilities will be designed to be of mutual benefit to the clients they serve and to the communities in which they reside. There will be a panel Q&A to provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
 
Three public open houses will also be held – one at each of the sites of the new Resource Centers, and one at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, specifically for clients. These open houses will be an opportunity for the public to view the initial designs, talk to the architect, learn about programming, and provide feedback. There will not be a formal presentation, and the public is invited to come anytime during open house hours.
 
If you cannot attend one of the four public meetings in person, there’s still an opportunity to participate. To view the full programming and design proposal visit Shelter the Homeless website at:  https://homelessutah.org/solutions/homeless-resource-centers.