Challenge grant helps fund homelessness services
Posted by Ben McAdams
August 17, 2017
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Today I joined Gail Miller and members of her family to announce their generous donation to Shelter the Homeless – the nonprofit organization that will own the new homeless resource centers. The Miller Family Foundation has issued a $10 million challenge grant and will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to that amount. The money will help to fund services and programs to minimize and prevent homelessness.
Make your donation to Shelter the Homeless.
When I convened a
collective impact committee with more than 30 stakeholders, including government, business, nonprofit and private members, I had confidence we would be able to harness a lot of good will. We signed on to a common agenda and agreed to operate by consensus. We said we would hold ourselves accountable to achieve
14 outcomes, including to meet the basic needs of those in crisis, decrease Salt Lake County's homelessness rate over time and divert individuals and families from emergency shelter whenever possible.
It's remarkable what happens when everyone is at the table, participating in the work and taking unified action. We've come a long way. We've gained the support of the Utah legislature to help build three new homeless resource centers.
However, today's announcement isn't about buildings; it's about the private support we know we need in order to put the programs and staffing in place to get to our 14 outcomes. It's a model that I'm absolutely certain will help get people back on their feet and on a path towards self-reliance and at the same time fit well into neighborhoods and communities.
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