SALT LAKE CITY — The organization that owns The Road Home shelter and other facilities for the homeless is looking at taking on a more active role in establishing performance goals for service providers.

Board members of Shelter the Homeless Inc., a private nonprofit organization that owns both Road Home locations and the Palmer Court permanent supportive housing development, indicated at a meeting Monday that they want a more robust role in holding providers publicly responsible for their stated goals at the three new homeless service centers expected to be built in Salt Lake County.

“This group is intended to be a high-level oversight … of the homeless service system,” said Janell Fluckiger, newly installed executive director of Shelter the Homeless. “We’ll be asked to be looking at specific outcomes we need to see and sort of publicly reporting those.”

That reporting will consist of detailing outcomes at the new facilities as compared to the objectives outlined by city, county and state leaders, as well as private organizations, Fluckiger said.

“How are we doing on diversion rates?” she said, citing an example of an issue the nonprofit will examine. “How are we doing on shortening length of stay?”

The organization does chooses and oversees the service providers at its facilities. Shelter the Homeless itself does not directly provide homeless services, and doesn’t have plan to do so, Fluckiger reiterated.

Salt Lake County officials have previously talked about a desire to see the board expand its reach. County Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski are recent additions to the board, which also includes officials from the state, United Way of Salt Lake, LDS Church Humanitarian Services and other groups.

A portion of Monday’s meeting was closed to reporters while the board discussed personnel matters and new bylaws. No new board members were added to …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

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