The Jack Gallivan Endowment to End Homelessness has participated in a major effort in Utah to eliminate chronic homelessness. We have participated with the George and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, various local Banks, the State of Utah Olene Walker Loan Fund, and other city and county and federal agencies to help eliminate chronic homelessness in Utah. With all the partners we have been able to reduce chronic homelessness by 70% in the state since 2003.
The effort included more than 500 permanent supportive housing units with about $11.5m in private funds about $45m in state, federal, and tax credit financing. The units have proven very successful with case managers and counselors on duty to help residents seek jobs, and overcome health, addiction and behavioral issues that have plagued them for years. Although the units are expensive to build or rehabilitate, they end up saving the taxpayer through cost avoidment of jails, emergency calls, treatment centers, and other public costs. Experience in other cities shows that the units pay for themselves in seven years. The solution has not only saved costs but is the most humane thing to do to eliminate chronic homelessness.
With our $1 million commitment completed to The Road Home’s Palmer Court permanent supportive housing project we have transferred the remainder of our funds to The Road Home to establish the Jack Gallivan Endowment to End Homelessness. We believe that this will preserve the original goal of the endowment and provide a permanent source of housing funds to totally eliminate chronic homelessness. We feel good about this because of the management and staff of The Road Home to place temporary homeless into housing who have been displaced by the current recession -- they have placed about 700 temporary homeless families in apartments.
Still, there are the remaining chronic homeless people who have not been placed into housing. According to The Road Home statistics, about 11 percent of the people in the shelter consume about 55 percent of the resources. During our effort to reduce chronic homelessness, there was not one chronically homeless man placed into the overflow shelter in Midvale and we are seeing a reduction of men remaining in the shelter from previous years.