More than 120 youth “age out” of foster care in Utah every year (the majority of which are in the Salt Lake Region), meaning they are no longer in state custody. These young adults and other similarly at-risk populations, such as refugee orphans and those rescued from trafficking, are at high-risk for homelessness, substance abuse, and various other societal ills.
The Salt Lake County Youth Services Milestone Living Program (MLP) assists in ending the cycle of homelessness and dependency by helping young adults become self-sufficient through access to safe housing, stable employment and connections to ongoing support and resources. Milestone Living Program currently serves up to 19 young adults at a time ages 18 to 21 who are experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County. Since opening
Milestone in 2012, 250 young adults have benefited.
Salt Lake Rotary is stepping up to raise $3.5 million to purchase and renovate 2 five-plex properties which would house an additional 16 young adults at a time
(25 youth per year).
People experiencing chronic homelessness cost the public between $30,000 and $50,000 per person per year
through their repeated use of emergency rooms, hospitals, jails, psychiatric centers, detox, and other crisis services. This cost is more than double what the maintenance costs for the Milestone Living Program.
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