Keeping Open the Doors of Hope: How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Affecting Homeless Services in Salt Lake County

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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

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