July 6, 2020
Salt Lake County Youth Services’ Milestone Program Opens New House for Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
Chloe Morroni -
SANDY, Utah – Salt Lake County Youth Services’ Milestone Transitional Living Program (TLP) is expanding its current 15-bed program with the opening of a new four-bedroom house in partnership with Good Shepard Lutheran Church. The program provides safe housing and support for young adults (18-21) in order to break the cycle of homelessness and promote self-sufficiency. Upon entering the program, young adults are given their own room and can stay in the program for up to 18 months while they receive intense case management and life-skills classes, which promote connection to the community.
Mayor Jenny Wilson will visit the new house on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 1pm to tour and acknowledge the work of community partners who helped make this house possible. “The partnership with Good Shepard Lutheran Church is invaluable to supporting youth experiencing homelessness in our community,” said Mayor Wilson. “Milestone is a unique program that creates the stability needed for these young people to become productive members of society and give back.”
In June 2020, the National Association of Counties (NACo) recognized Salt Lake County’s Milestone TLP with an Achievement Award in the category of Human Services. Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. NACo President Mary Ann Borgeson said, “We are seeing firsthand, now more than ever, that counties work tirelessly to support our residents. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs showcase how counties build healthy, safe, and vibrant communities across America.”
Since its opening in 2012, 200 young adults have benefitted from the Milestone program. Milestone Program Manager Mina Koplin reports in 2019, 82% of the young adults exited the program into stable housing. To teach budgeting and saving skills, the Milestone program has the participants pay monthly program fees. Upon exiting the program, the funds are retuned to them as they transition into stable housing. Frequently, these funds are used as a down payment for their first apartment.
WHO: Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson
WHAT: Salt Lake County Youth Services’ Milestone Transitional Living Program opens new house for young adults experiencing homelessness. Community partners will receive achievement awards and tour the new house. Members of the press are invited to follow.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 1pm
WHERE: Milestone House; 8538 Johnson Way, Sandy (Street parking limited, additional parking at Good Shepard Lutheran Church 8575 700 E)
For more information on Milestone TLP visit slco.org/youth/programs/milestone-transitional-living-program/
For more information on the National Association of Counties visit www.naco.org