Op-ed: Key facts about how The Road Home operates its shelters

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

FILE— People congregate near The Road Home and the St. Vincent de Paul dining hall on Rio Grande Street in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

Over the past several months, there have been many incorrect statements in the public discourse regarding The Road Home and how it delivers services to people in need. The Road Home would like to take this opportunity to make people aware of some key facts regarding how we provide services and manage the shelter facilities.

Regardless of what brings a person in need to any shelter operated by The Road Home, our mission remains constant: to help people out of homelessness and back into the community. The agency reaches out broadly to people in need.

  • The majority of people seeking shelter are individuals and families experiencing life-altering circumstances that render them temporarily homeless. Nearly 90 percent of this population never return to shelter.
  • The Road Home also serves people who are in serious personal distress, including people in the throes of addiction. We do not allow the possession or use of illicit drugs in any shelter we operate.
  • The Road Home has a check-in process with everyone staying in the shelter to prohibit contraband, including illegal drugs and paraphernalia, from entering the shelters.
  • The downtown shelter, thanks to the help…

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