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: 131 E 700 S and 242 W. Paramount/275 W. High Avenue.

The development of two new homeless resource centers continues to move forward:

On November 28, 2017 City Council updated the City’s zoning ordinance for homeless resource centers.

Shelter the Homeless has submitted conditional use applications to the City’s Planning Division for the two resource center sites.

         o Proposed 131 E 700 S site plan, floor plans and exterior elevations

         o Proposed 242 W Paramount/275 W High Avenue site plan, floor plans and exterior elevations


Following public engagement that included presentations to neighborhood community councils, open houses and an online survey, the Salt Lake City Planning Commission will review the proposed homeless resource centers located at 131 E 700 South and 275 W High Avenue/ 242 W Paramount Avenue in a work session during the Commission’s meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  The purpose of the work session is to identify any issues or concerns with the proposals as they relate to the applicable City zoning standards and based on comments received thus far through the public engagement process. The public is welcome to attend, however this is not a public hearing and public comment will not be taken at this meeting. A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date. This webpage will be updated when that hearing is scheduled.

The Planning Commission meeting will be Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 326 of the City & County Building. You can find the meeting agenda here: http://www.slcdocs.com/Planning/Planning%20Commission/2018/214agn.pdf.


If you have questions or comments about the Homeless Resource Centers conditional use applications or the engagement process, please contact David Gellner, at 801-535-6107 or david.gellner@slcgov.com, or Elizabeth Buehler, at 801-535-7925 or elizabeth.buehler@slcgov.com.


The full Homeless Resource Center Development Process.  


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


242 W Paramount/275 W 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.

Document Library has been created for reference and information.

For more informationabout the homeless resource centers, please visit the Shelter the Homeless website at: ​https://homelessutah.org/solutions/homeless-resource-centers.