$10 million matching grant gifted to Salt Lake Homeless Resource Centers

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Homeless Resource Centers are receiving an additional $ 10 million through a public matching grant from the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation.

$ 10 Million Matching Grant to Homeless Resource Center

The Challenge Grant was part of the Home4Change campaign. This campaign resulted in 1,688 donations ranging in size from $ 5 to over $ 1 million, reaching $ 10,107,264.

Executives at the homeless resource centers say the funds will ensure operations stay up and running at their three locations.

“It should help us in the first few years when we get this model up and running,” said Laurie Hopkins, general manager of Shelter the Homeless. “It’s very expensive to run these shelters. The model of the homeless resource center has all-round services and is distributed in three different locations. “

The services offered include two daily meals, laundry, various basic needs and case management.

Looking back over 18 months at three locations

In addition to the daily expenses, Hopkins says, the centers will target a few different areas for improvement with the funds.

“One of the areas we are continuing to investigate is winter shelter,” she said.

According to official figures, the three new homeless resource centers have been extremely successful since they opened about 18 months ago. In this short time they have already helped around 5,000 people. Most of all, they believe that people will be better cared for when entering one of the facilities.

“They’re bright, they’re open, they’re spacious,” said Hopkins. “The idea of ​​having a meal, doing laundry, and connecting with donated clothing is very helpful. You don’t have to go in the morning and find out what to do for the rest of the day. You can actually continue to use the facility around the clock. “

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