The organization in charge of three new planned homeless shelters in Salt Lake County has decided which populations will go in which shelter.
At Thursday’s board meeting, members of Shelter The Homeless declared the proposed shelter on High Street in Salt Lake City will be a 200-bed mixed-gender, segregated facility. Single men will be placed at a 300-bed shelter in South Salt Lake and women will be located at the 200-bed shelter on 700 south in Salt Lake City, where a Deseret Industries store currently stands.
Janelle Fluckiger is Executive Director of Shelter the Homeless. She says the agreement was the natural result of conversations the board has had over the last few months.
“As everyone has looked at the numbers of where men need to go there’s obviously going to be a larger capacity in South Salt Lake,”Fluckiger says. “The state had concerns, they had services and facilities near the 7th South shelter that were focused on women. It’s also a more secure site. So that seemed to make more sense for women.”
Shelter The Homeless is a 12-member non-profit board that owns and will operate the new shelters once they are completed. The board is made up of government officials including Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, as well as other religious and community leaders.
At Thursday’s meeting, local businesswoman Gail Miller and real-estate developer Josh Romney were named to the board.