I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in our agency and provide you with an update as to some of our accomplishments over the past year, which include the following:
- We transformed the community winter shelter, Midvale Center, from operating seasonally to operating 365 days a year.
- We welcomed Salt Lake Community Action Program as they initiated shelter diversion into our community’s collective strategy to address homelessness.
- We have increased our production at every level of housing services to help people out of shelter and into housing.
- We have advanced closer to formally launching a partnership with Salt Lake County for Pay for Success. This initiative will help 80 people who have been in long-term homelessness start a new life and equip them with the tools they need to emerge from homelessness permanently.
- We are working beside Cowboy Partners to create 65 units of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
And while our team continues to find new ways to collaborate and new ways to improve, the number of people turning to us in need continues to climb. Last year 871 more people turned to us for shelter over the prior year.
- In the past year, more people turned to us for shelter than ever before in our history. 8090 people stayed in our shelters last year. Of that:
o 2,680 people (1,511 children) were in families;
o 1,445 single women;
o 4,116 single men.
On any given night, well over 1,000 people are living in one of our shelters. The growing demand for shelter compels our community to develop new housing alternatives for people living with extremely low incomes. Working together, our community, our state, and our nation can create more housing. As the supply of deeply affordable housing increases, the demand for emergency shelter will decrease. When we as a caring community develop new approaches to humane social services that provide greater access for people who are in desperate need, we will witness a new form of community revitalization; one that results in fewer people suffering on our streets. Instead, we will enjoy a healthier community where multitudes who are currently going without, can turn to a place they call home.
Matthew M. Minkevitch – Executive Director, The Road Home