Salt Lake City Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission


Since early 2015, community leaders, service providers, and elected officials, have been meeting regularly to develop a new model and find lasting solutions to Utah's homelessness and housing crisis.

As part of this effort, Salt Lake City formed a Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission with the task of recommending the best configuration and location for shelter and emergency homeless services. The recommended “scattered site model”—which calls for separate sites for identified sub-populations—was adopted by the Site Selection Evaluation Commission, with public input, in the fall of 2015.  Adoption of a new model for providing crisis services to the homeless community marked the end of the first phase of the Commission’s work.

During the 2016 legislative session; Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, advocates, business leaders, and service providers for the homeless worked together to pass legislation to change the way we provide services to the homeless across the state. This included an ask for $27 million in state funding to begin implementing a new service and housing model. This effort was coordinated through the Salt Lake County Collective Impact Steering Committee. A cornerstone of this legislative initiative was the adopted scattered site model for resource centers to meet the emergency needs of homeless individuals and families.

Read more about Collective Impact & the HOMES Initiative:

 Governor Gary Herbert signing HB436,  March 25, 2016

Governor Gary Herbert signing HB436,  March 25, 2016

On March 25, 2016, Governor Gary Herbert signed into law HB436 (sponsored by Rep. Francis Gibson), providing $9.25 million in state funding during Fiscal Year 2016. HB 436 represents the first appropriation of the state’s commitment to fund the $27 million request over a three year period. This initial funding, supplemented by private donations, as well as funding from the Salt Lake City and County, will be used to support homeless programs and services as well as to begin initial plans for resource center sites in Salt Lake City.

On April 18, 2016, Mayor Jackie Biskupski reconvened the Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission, led by Gail Miller and Palmer DePaulis, to take the next steps of advising and recommending locations for resource center.

Read more Phase 1 of the Homeless Services Site Selection Commission:


Goals of the Commission

  1. Determine appropriate siting for up to two resource centers in Salt Lake City. These resource centers will serve the single men and single female populations, and will be designed not to exceed 250 persons. Resource centers will provide housing, as well as treatment and services.
  2. Develop a site selection model to be used by communities across the state.



Gail Miller is owner of the Larry H. Miller Companies. She is active in leading the non-profit Larry H. Miller Education Fund; the Larry H. Miller Charities; and the Larry H. Miller Family Foundation. Gail has worked directly on addressing homelessness in Salt Lake City for many years, including as Co-Chair of the Collective Impact Steering Committee.


Palmer DePaulis was Salt Lake City Mayor from 1985 to 1992. The first homeless shelter in Salt Lake City was sited and developed under his leadership. He has been a member of the Utah State Tax Commission and served as director of the State Department of Human Services from 2010 to 2014. After retiring in 2014, Palmer has devoted his energy and expertise to developing housing and programs for the homeless



April 18, 2016

Mayor Biskupski welcomed the reconvened homeless services site evaluation commission, sharing her vision for the group and charge for its work.


Meeting agenda (click to download)

Meeting minutes (click to download)


June 22, 2016

Meeting Agenda (click to download)


August 23, 2016

The Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission discusses the process for selecting two sites in Salt Lake City for new homeless resource centers.

Meeting Agenda

Homeless Resource Center Siting and Development process document

Homeless Resource Center Siting and Development map document


Next Commission Meeting: October 26, 2016

Time:  2:00pm-4:00pm 

Place:  Public Safety Building (475 S. 300 E., SLC) Conference Room A