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Homelessness & Development in Salt Lake City

This morning, ULI presented a very informative program on “Homelessness, Development and Downtown Salt Lake City.” There was some material discussed at the meeting, and we have posted a few references below.

Shaleane Gee, Director, Special Projects and Partnerships for Salt Lake County provided some very helpful follow-up information.

The link to Prezi (below)  is the most useful thing for the group to see – it provides an overview of our entire process and also an illustrated model of our current system that has been really helpful to a wide range of people.


 And, the County website has additional information:


Top 5 things your members can do to help:

1. View the Prezi presentation to understand what is happening in the Rio Grande area from a system-level as well as the shared outcomes the stakeholders have unanimously adopted to change that system.

2. Key thought shift #1:  Understand that the “homeless population” is actually a group of individual populations all with different reasons for becoming homeless and different needs to avoid or successfully move out of homeless. Priority sub-populations include: families with children; domestic violence victims; youth and young adults; medically frail or terminally ill individuals; individuals exiting prison or jail; veterans; those with behavioral health disorders, including substance abuse disorders and mental health disorders; and the working homeless.

3. Key thought shift #2: Understand that the “scattered site” scenario is just one part of a larger system solution. Emergency shelter in any scenario is an important response to crisis and homelessness but not a strategy for reducing homelessness or its impact on people or communities. Real solution: prevent homelessness, divert individuals and families in crisis from shelter whenever possible, and provide services that promote sustainable living situations for those who are in crisis or at risk, including affordable housing.

4. We need human resources and alignment: We are working with the best minds, lead decision-makers and lead policy-drivers in each of these sectors in particular to assist with solution strategy development and implementation: private housing market; private and public healthcare; social philanthropy and complex social financing; and school and other child well-being education and service systems.

5. We need financial resources and alignment: Most practically, you and your member organizations can publically endorse the 14 shared outcomes; align your charitable giving or other funding resources with the shared outcomes; align your community or social programs with the shared outcomes; and support the coordinated community request we will be making for funding from the State of Utah to support the shared outcomes.

Any questions about any of the above, or about the issue in general, please contact Ms. Gee.

Shaleane Gee
Director, Special Projects and Partnerships

Office 385.468.7033
Cell 801.608.8066

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