Since 2014, 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 (HSSEC) 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 2014. 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.
Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission Co-Chairs
Gail Miller is owner of the Larry H. Miller Corporation. 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 homelesness 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 fo the Utah Tax 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.
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 advocating 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.
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 Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, will be used to support homeless programs and services, as well as 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 to advise and make recommendations on resource center locations.
December 12, 2014Mayor Becker and Mayor McAdams create the Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission, co-chaired by Gail Miller and Palmer DePaulis. Commission tasked to consider, advise and recommend the best configuration and location for shelter and other emergency homeless services.
January 26, 2015
First Commission meeting. Included a presentation by The Road Home on current service delivery system, number of clients, and areas that need improvement.
March 20, 2015
Second Commission Meeting. Included a summary of “factors of success” gathered in small group meetings with clients and providers. Report on case studies of various homeless service systems in various cities in the U.S.
April 29, 2015
Public Input Session. Created a draft of Community Commitment and Values.
May 15, 2015
Third Commission Meeting. Created first draft of the Criteria for Success.
August 17, 2015
Fourth Commission Meeting. Presentation from the Collective Impact Steering Committee on their Homeless Services Outcomes. Criteria for Success revised.
November 17, 2015
Fifth Commission Meeting. Summary of the work completed. Preparation for end of the year recommendation.
November 19, 2015
Public Input Session. Public recommendation that the City move to a Scattered Site Model of service delivery.
November 23, 2015
Commission recommends moving to a Scattered Site Model and supports a request for $27 million in State funding for the design, construction and operations of new homeless resource centers.
March 9, 2016
State legislature passes HB 436, providing $9.25 million for the design and construction of new homeless resource centers as the first allocation in the legislature’s commitment to provide the $27 million requested over three years.
March 25, 2016
Governor Herbert signs HB 436 into law.
April 18, 2016
Mayor Biskupski re-convenes the Commission with the goal of determining the locations of the new homeless resource centers.
A series of Neighborhood Engagement Workshops held to solicit feedback from the community and prioritize the Criteria for Success.
June 22, 2016
Commission received a summary report on the feedback from the community and the prioritization of the Criteria for Success
August 23, 2016
Commission develops a process and timeline for the selection of sites.
City staff begin the process of determining the location for the homeless resource centers using Criteria for Success.
September 13, 2016
Salt Lake City Council outline criteria to minimize the impact of new homeless resource centers.
September 30, 2016
Mayor Biskupski, Mayor McAdams, City Council, and Speaker Hughes announce an agreement to build four homeless resource centers with a capacity of 150 rather than two centers with a capacity of 250.
October 26, 2016
Final Commission Meeting. Discussion of the change to four sites and how the new resource centers fit into the overall homeless services system.
November 7 and 8, 2016
Small group meetings with Commissioners to look at potential sites and make recommendations and comments for the Mayor and Council.
November 10, 2016
Small group meetings with the Mayor and Council to look at potential sites and determine the locations of the four resource centers.
October 26, 2016: Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission Meeting #7
August 23, 2016: Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission Meeting #6
June 22, 2016: Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission Meeting #5
April 18, 2016: Homeless Services Site Selection Evaluation Commission Meeting #4
November 23, 2015: Homeless Services Site Selection Evaluation Commission Meeting #3
May 15, 2015: Homeless Services Site Selection Evaluation Commission Meeting #2
January 26, 2015: Homeless Services Site Selection Evaluation Commission Meeting #1