Governor highlights need for donations to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary R. Herbert today highlighted the opportunity for Utahns to directly help individuals and families experiencing homelessness by donating to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund. While touring the Volunteers of America Adult Detoxification Center, the governor met with several formerly homeless individuals and a family who received critical care and support that was funded, in part, by the homeless trust fund.

“We have individuals and families who are homeless in all of our counties. It’s hard to be a functioning member of our community, to find a job when you don’t have a home,” said Gov. Herbert. “When you check the box and give money to the fund, you can rest assured that it is going to someone who needs help. We’re number one in the nation for charitable giving, so I encourage everyone to give to this trust fund generously.”

By donating to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund on their 2014 tax form this tax season, Utahns can directly support statewide efforts focused on delivering critical services for our vulnerable homeless population. All donations to the fund go directly to service organizations statewide that provide vital care and assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The homeless trust fund is leveraged with other state funding to provide the maximum impact for the following services statewide:

  • Emergency services – temporary shelters, soup kitchens, day centers and outreach services
  • Supportive services – varying levels of case management used to help more people into and stabilize in housing
  • Housing services – rapid re-housing, transitional housing, rental assistance, onsite case management and security

The following agencies, through a competitive grant application process, have received funding through the State Community Services Office:

  • Bear River Association of Governments, Logan
  • Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center, Cedar City
  • Catholic Community Services, Salt Lake City
  • Center for Women and Children in Crisis, Juab, Utah and Wasatch Counties
  • Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse, Logan
  • Community Action Services, Provo
  • D.O.V.E. Center, Cedar City
  • Family Connection Center, Davis County
  • Family Promise Salt Lake, Salt Lake City
  • Five County Association of Governments, St. George
  • Friends of the Coalition, Provo
  • Golden Spike Outreach, Provo
  • Homeless Veterans Fellowship, Ogden
  • Housing Assistance Management Enterprise, Salt Lake City
  • Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake, Salt Lake County
  • Iron County Care and Share, Cedar City
  • Mountainlands Community Housing Trust, Park City
  • New Horizons Crisis Center, Richfield
  • Community Resources and Development Division, Salt Lake County
  • South Valley Sanctuary, West Jordan
  • St. Anne’s Center, Ogden
  • Switchpoint, St. George
  • The Road Home, Salt Lake City
  • Tooele County
  • Uintah Basin Association of Governments, Vernal
  • Uintah County
  • Utah Legal Services, statewide
  • Valley Mental Health, statewide
  • Volunteers of America, statewide
  • Fourth Street Clinic Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Salt Lake City
  • Wasatch Mental Health Services, Provo
  • Weber Housing Authority, Ogden
  • Your Community Connection, Davis County
  • YWCA of SLC, Salt Lake City