The Homeless Services Site Selection Evaluation Committee sponsored the Open House event on April 29 at the Salt Lake City and County Building.The purpose was to gather public feedback regarding the Community Commitments and Values. Additionally, the committee was seeking input regarding the identified Factors for Success. These values and factors, when combined, will help the committee determine the most appropriate location and configuration of day-to-day homeless services.
Additionally, the committee was seeking input regarding the identified Factors for Success. These values and factors, when combined, will help the committee determine the most appropriate location and configuration of day-to-day homeless services.
The Community Commitments are listed here:
We recognize that the status quo regarding homeless facilities is not acceptable.
Our community has a continuing and growing commitment to care for the homeless population now and in the future.
The Community Values are listed here:
Safety for all is a top priority
We value the humanity of homeless individuals.
We seek to model community at every step of the process.
Facilities should support a full range of services for the homeless population that helps individuals become self-sufficient.
The Open House was well attended by advocates, community leaders, and interested residents, among others.
Posters depicting case studies from other cities were displayed including:
Denver Homeless Services, Denver, CO
Haven for Hope in San Antonio, TX
The Path Mall in Los Angeles, CA
Bud Clark Commons, Portland OR
Central Arizona Shelter Services, Phoenix, AZ
A major concern of attendees was that drug-dealers are able to ‘hide’ within the community and also that there is a lack of safety for homeless individuals who are vulnerable.
The focus leaned towards providing a ‘vertical campus’-style facility which would provide a variety of services necessary for the homeless population within one location, such as emergency shelter, meal programs, medical facilities and workforce support services.
The location (or alternatives) were not directly discussed. Regarding, the acreage necessary to complete a ‘vertical campus,’ the present city staff said, “this would part of the next phase of analysis.” The process is a third of the way complete, with a final recommendation to be made to Mayor Becker, Mayor McAdams, and the SLC Council sometime in Fall.
If you’d like more information on how the Community Commitments and Values statement and Factors for Success were developed, visit www.slcgov.com/hand/homeless-services