(Good things Utah) – Intermountain Healthcare has worked this year to help vital community partners who are working to help and tackle homelessness. The fight against homelessness and housing instability is one of the main social determinants of health.
These are non-medical factors that can affect the health of vulnerable populations in Utah, according to Jennifer Leary, director of community health for Intermountain Healthcare.
It is for these reasons that Intermountain donated $ 900,000 ($ 300,000 per year for three years) to Shelter the Homeless to help the homeless in Utah.
An estimated 8,000 adults in Salt Lake County are currently homeless.
Three Salt Lake County Homeless Resource Centers use a “scattered sites” model in which several nonprofit partners coordinate their efforts to provide “wrap-around” programs to the homeless in shelters. smaller accommodation, which will provide emergency shelter to approximately 5,000 people during the year.
In total, the resource centers have a night capacity of 700 beds.
Shelter The Homeless, a nonprofit community group that owns the Homeless Resource Centers, is responsible for operational costs. These costs are associated with facilities, security, meals, transportation and more.
Community partners, such as Intermountain Healthcare, also help coordinate the delivery of services to the homeless in facilities provided by community partners.
Community partners include hot meals from Catholic Community Services, transportation from Advantage Services, and security assistance from Premier Security Utah.
Catholic Community Services prepares and delivers hot lunches and dinners daily to the three homeless resource centers, averaging 35,400 meals per month.
The St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen and Vocational Training Center help with food delivery and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donates food and ingredients, which helps reduce food costs to a minimum.
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