Most of the people who use Utah's shelters are homeless for a short amount of time. In fact, 61% of the Road Home's patrons use the shelter for less than six weeks but they use only 8% of the shelter's beds. So how do all the beds get used?
The shelter's resources are strained by a small group of 14 percent who use 64 percent of the beds. These people stay for 6 months or more and are considered chronically homeless. They usually suffer from mental or physical disabilities and may also have substance abuse problems. By providing permanent, supportive housing for chronically homeless people, we can better serve those who need short-term help.
Utah's Pathways Program is a national leader in creating permanent, supportive housing such as Sunrise Metro, Grace Mary Manor and Palmer Court. These developments provide permanent, supportive housing for chronically homeless clients, freeing up the shelter's beds for people who only need short term help. By helping to find housing for the chronically homeless, the Road Home has maintained their level of service even as demand has increased dramatically.
Your donation to a legitimate social service organization will help create permanent change for the homeless in Utah.
Money Well Spent
The following is a list of homeless service providers located in downtown Salt Lake City. CLICK HERE for a complete list of services available statewide.
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