The project vision for the Resource Centers places emphasis on design that provide a humane and dignified environment for facility users. Seven core principles helped guide the design team in their efforts. These visioning principles are summarized by the following terms; connected, safety, durability, sustainability, trauma informed design, flexibility and contextuality. Each principle adding to a design which promotes the highest level of safety without the feel of an institutional facility.
As part of a large collaborative effort, the cities of Salt Lake and South Salt Lake have come together to construct three new Homeless Resource Centers (HRCs). The new HRC model is designed to provide all needed services such as medical care, housing placement, food, employment, etc. on site, within the actual facility. The facilities will provide services to the homeless population with different facilities serving different segments of the population.
The Gail Miller Resource Center at 241 West Paramount Avenue in South in Salt Lake City provides a safe and secure place for both men and women to eat, sleep and maintain personal hygiene, in addition to a range of services including housing assistance, employment services, life skills, medical care, storage, counseling services, and connections to long-term community support. The Resource Center also houses administrative spaces for operations staff, multi-purpose space, meeting space, classrooms and dedicated spaces for assistance programs.
ajc, in collaboration with numerous stakeholders and Shelter the Homeless [a non-profit 501 (c)( 3) organization], was responsible for programming and designing this two-level, 62,691 SF facility that has the capacity to accommodate up to 200 individuals.