Moab Solutions, Multicultural Center provide services to homeless
Fifty seven adults and 44 children received homelessness services from the Multicultural Center in 2019 and MVMC expects this number to rise in 2020. The Center formalized its homelessness services last July, adding Liz Donkersloot as the new fulltime housing resources coordinator.
“Housing and homelessness is a critical issue facing our community right now, which is why we offer specialized services for individuals and families as part of the Center’s Crisis Resource and Advocacy Services,” said Executive Director Rhiana Medina.
The Center received restricted funding from the State of Utah and Wabisabi to make homelessness services more robust and in line with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State’s priorities for making homelessness brief, rare, and non-recurring.
Wabisabi’s Make a Difference grant funded a cooperative project with longtime homelessness services provider Moab Solutions, which the Center named as its 2019 Partner of the Year after recording over 50 instances of active partnership.
Although all of the Make a Difference grant funds were quickly spent in 2019, MVMC and Moab Solutions were both chosen as a 2020 Wabisabi community partners so shoppers can “vote” at the thrift store and they will receive a monthly financial disbursement.
MVMC wants the community to know the extent of the need for homelessness services and to feel welcome participating in finding funding and innovative solutions to this crisis. Grand County has a Local Homeless Coordinating Committee that is dedicated to connecting resources to address homelessness in our community.
Additionally, the Local Homeless Coordinating Committee is accepting new members. The committee meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the Grand County Council Chambers.