The HOMES Initiative is a coordinated request among stakeholders representing all interests for legislative support and funding from the State of Utah to help achieve a common goal to minimize homelessness in Utah.
The strategic investment from the State of Utah will be a catalyst for the redesign of Utah’s current housing and homeless services system as a whole, in alignment with the findings, common agenda and shared strategic outcomes unanimously adopted by the Collective Impact on Homelessness Committee and the Salt Lake City Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission.
$20 million in one-time state funding and $7 million in ongoing state funding to leverage $25 million in local and private investment. State funding will support these immediate priorities:
We have not focused on prevention and diversion. Federal funding restrictions
create obstacles to meeting urgent local needs and developing innovative
prevention and diversion programs for Utah residents.
The primary way to access Utah’s housing and services system is through a
crisis and arrival at the emergency shelter. That creates public safety and
stress issues at our main community shelter, which becomes a bottleneck. Individuals
and families often exit the shelter on a path that leads right back to another
Problem #3: Our “one-size-fits-all” emergency services model does not serve sub-populations
well, especially families, children, youth, domestic violence victims,
individuals with disabilities and working single adults.
Solution #1: A Utah-driven,
housing-based prevention and diversion program that prioritizes families,
children and workers. This
pioneering alternate to federal housing assistance programs will use
the private housing market and local public-private partnerships; integrate
wrap-around services; focus on self-sufficiency; have a Utah residency
will be independently
progress against against specific outcomes.
Solution #2: Development and
support of new emergency resource facilities. In place of the current model (a single
facilities will be smaller, located on separate sites, and
Solution #3: A data-driven,
coordinated-entry system, common assessment tool, and "no
wrong door” policy. Housing
and homeless service systems will be integrated with each
other and with other public systems such as health and human services,
workforce services, legal
services, and Utah’s
higher education system.
Requested State FundingOne time for two facilities: $20 millionOngoing for facilities support and enhanced service operations: $ 4
million/yrOngoing for statewide housing prevention and diversion program: $ 3 million/yr
Matching Private/Local Funding:One time
private match: $10
millionAligned new private/local funds: $15
This request supports strategic solutions
that are part of a comprehensive plan to minimize homelessness. After a year of
study on two planning commissions, the stakeholders below, in partnership with
state agencies, unanimously recommended a comprehensive plan to minimize
homelessness, align programs and funding, share data and use shared outcomes
and common metrics to evaluate and report on progress. The broad support for
this plan demonstrates the collective willingness to move the proposed
solutions forward together and on an accelerated timeline to ensure that state
investment provides the foundation for redesigning Utah’s housing and homeless
services system as a whole.
Utah residents are eager to see
these solutions. Individuals and families who are homeless or at risk for
homelessness urgently need them.
Collective Impact on Homelessness Steering Committee