The Road Home is happy to be the lead on an innovative new housing program for families. This program is a multi-agency collaboration with partners including The Road Home, Salt Lake Community Action Program, Odyssey House, YWCA Utah, Division of Child and Family Services, United Way of Salt Lake, Utah State University Extension and the Department of Workforce Services. Over the next three years, we will serve 100 families as they move out of homelessness and into housing. The program is unique and designed to follow a family for as long as needed in order to ensure connections to community based resources. We believe this will help to not only end a family’s homelessness, but also alleviate symptoms of poverty.
Families that present certain barriers to housing stability when entering shelter will be assigned to this knowledgeable team. The team will provide wrap around services from expert agencies that can address the barrier. Barriers include inability to become housing eligible, behavioral health issues, financial literacy, early childhood education, domestic violence intervention, life skills courses, employment support, and family preservation services.
A team of six staff members that represent each of the agencies have an office at The Road Home. This makes collaboration between a broad group of partners easier. Every family assigned to the program will be followed for the full three years to show progression, needs, and services each partner agency can provide.
We have assessed 27 families for the program and have officially enrolled our first nine families into the program. The team meets regularly to identify necessary improvements or course corrections. This is new for all of us, and we expect to learn lessons as we continue to innovate.