SALT LAKE CITY — About 20 days since new homeless resource centers opened and the Road Home shelter closed, advocates are giving an update on how everything is working.
The resource centers have about 700 beds between them, which operate at or near capacity, though that fluctuates nightly, according to Jonathan Hardy, Division Director of Housing and Community Development for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. He says no one will ever be turned away, pointing to an overnight warming center without beds and other beds in the area to which they have access.
“We are working on that connection point between people coming into the warming center, and making that connection to the resource centers,” Hardy said.
Hardy said in spite of state and local efforts, some people are just “shelter-resistant.”
“We feel like people if they need a place to go they can come in at least to the warming center and we can help connect them to services,” he said.
Preston Cochrane with Shelter the Homeless says the intake process is different now.
“There is no one-size-fits-all, and we want to make sure people are directed to the right program, the right service and the right resource center,” Cochrane said.
One thing that’s helping is the strong volunteering spirit in the area. Cochrane says volunteers have stepped up to serve meals or sort donations. A number of Eagle Scout projects brought in clothing, winter gear and food. And a mobile medical clinic is also running, assessing people experiencing homelessness at the new resource centers.
There’s a lot of people working hard on this issue,” Hardy said. “We are learning some things.”
Homeless advocates like Cochrane say now that the Road Home has closed, the services it once provided are divided up among the different centers for men, women and families. They are always looking for volunteers and donations of food, clothing and winter gear.
Today’s Top Stories
- Susan Powell can’t be in Nutty Putty Cave, investigators say
- Rebecca Mikkelsen – Washington Terrace Elementary
- What makes soda so addictive?
- Another 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week
- Utah lawmakers approve bill aimed at regulating ‘troubled teen’ centers
- Could Joseph Smith’s First Vision have happened on March 26, 200 years ago?
- ‘Anonymous’ hacker group threatens to “expose many crimes” of Minneapolis PD
- Fake news: what it is, and how it can influence politics
- Legal expert says insanity defense not likely for Grantsville teen
- 8 injured after car hits TRAX