Salt Lake City seeks public input on new resource centers for those experiencing homelessness

The Salt Lake City Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission (HSSEC) will host four community workshops between June 13th and June 20th, to provide the public an opportunity to hear about the site selection process, learn about the population, and provide feedback on how new homeless services can be incorporated into local communities.
 
During the workshops, members of the community will be asked to prioritize fifteen criteria for resource centers established last fall by the HSSEC. The prioritized criteria, including elements such as: “close to public transportation”, “utilize technology”, and “include space for intake and case workers,” will help guide the HSSEC as they work to establish locations for two new resource centers in Salt Lake City. Local officials will also be on hand to answer any questions and take feedback from the public.
 
On March 25, 2016, Governor Gary Herbert signed into law HB436, 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 state funding must 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. The HSSEC has set a timeline for progress reflecting a number of factors, including the upcoming 2017 legislative session, and will present potential sites by Fall 2016.
 
Workshop Information:
 
 
Workshop #1
June 13, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Sorenson Unity Center
1383 South 900 West
 
Workshop #2
June 15, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Leonardo
209 East 500 South
 
Workshop #3
June 16, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Dilworth Elementary
1953 South 2100 East
 
Workshop #4
June 20, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Marmalade Library
280 West 500 North
 
Note: Salt Lake City will also host a feedback session targeted at those currently experiencing homelessness. The session will take place at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen during lunch on June 13th.
 
For more information on the workshops and process, visit: www.slcmayor.com/homeless-services
 
 
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