Keeping Open the Doors of Hope: How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Affecting Homeless Services in Salt Lake County presents findings from a survey of homeless service providers in exploring the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first in a series of reports on homelessness.
Among the findings of the new report:
- A majority of organizations have continued providing services during the pandemic, while about 18% have reduced or temporarily closed their services.
- About 45% of the homeless service providers reported that their survivability is being challenged at least somewhat.
- Homeless service providers are facing a variety of challenges, with health safety of staff being the top challenge (57% of respondents).
- On average, nonprofit organizations report a greater number of challenges than do governmental agencies.
- Organizations are adopting a diverse and innovative set of mitigation strategies, with a majority being management-focused.
The second report in the series is available here: Widening the Doors of Hope: Addressing Coronavirus-Related Challenges Among Homeless Service Providers