Assistance is available for the homeless in Salt Lake County Utah as well as nearby Wasatch. The Road Home non-profit organization assists both individuals and families. They offer social services, short term shelter, case management, and help for moving into transitional and permanent housing. The agency can also supply basic needs to those that are impacted, such as a bus token, clothing, and similar goods. However a main focus of the Road Home is on helping people move into permanent housing somewhere in Salt Lake County as quickly as possible.
The largest shelter in Utah is operated by The Road Home. It can house men, women, and children as needed. The location is open 365 days per year, including on weekends and holidays. The primary location is in Salt Lake City, however there is also another seasonal shelter in Midvale Utah for families. This particular Midvale site is usually open during the fall, winter and springs months in order to help get families out of the cold Utah weather.
The winter shelter can be life-saving to the homeless on those cold winter nights. Ideally no one will be left behind or out in the cold. They are open to families with children and individuals. Dozens of people may use the location each night during the winter.
The individuals who stay at the locations can also be connected to life-changing services. They are offered from case management, transitional housing, and are provided in partnership with other non-profit community partners.
The locations are Salt Lake Community Shelter, 210 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101, call 801-359-4142 as well as the Community Winter Shelter, 529 West 7300 South (9th Ave.), Midvale, UT. Call this site at 801-569-1201.
Road Home emergency services will refer people to assistance programs and social services that can help clients get back on their feet. What may be offered to qualified low income families includes Travel Assistance, Personal Hygiene Kits, Clothing, Utah Identification documentation such as birth certificates, social security, Utah ID card, Utah driver's license, and also clothing (work boots and shoes).
That assistance is available to anyone that is in need from the community. It is not just for the homeless. The main office is at Road Home Emergency Services, 235 South Rio Grande Street. Dial 385-234-5782 for help.
Transitional housing programs from Road Home have been proven to be successful. When someone leaves a shelter, they will need another place to live over the short term. People often need additional housing assistance and self-sufficiency resources. The non-profit therefore manages several different types of transitional and supportive housing programs in Salt Lake and also Wasatch County. The goal is to help people obtain low income, affordable housing and stabilize their situation so they do not fall into homelessness again.
Staff from Road Home will arrange for assessments, home search assistance, unit location services and more. This will often also involve landlord engagement and education. While funding is limited, social workers will also direct clients to funds for paying security deposits or a portion of first months rent.
Partnerships are key to these Housing Programs. The organization relies heavily on collaborations with other Utah and federal government housing agencies and service providers in the Salt Lake County community. Highly trained case managers are experts in linking low income families to resources in the county.
This Rapid Rehousing type program will help families move out of shelter and into temporary and then more permanent housing. Information on security deposit assistance is part of this intake process.
The non-profit and its case managers use a progressive method in offering aid. At first, families receive a small amount of support and financial assistance. Then, as time goes on and the client shows self-sufficiency, they receive an increasing amount of help and guidance.
The Road House rehousing program provides families and individuals with housing placement assistance, barrier elimination, short term cash subsidies and other supportive services. Hundreds of Salt Lake County residents are successfully placed into new homes or apartments through the assistance offered. The ongoing goal is to move people out of the shelter system. While resources are limited, the non-profit is committed to doing what it can.
The Permanent Supportive Housing Options is under increasing demand from the low income and homeless. Road House calls this the Housing First philosophy. An example of a unit is Palmer Court, which is an apartment complex with over 200 units. It was open to house formerly homeless families and individuals. Another option is Pathways, which is a scattered site transitional housing project.
For more information on shelters and other housing resources, call the Road Home. The office is at 210 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. Or call the center at 801.359.4142.
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