A cooperative effort will place a salaried employment and training resource coordinator in the Salt Lake Homeless Shelter and Resource Shelter to aid users of that facility in getting training and jobs.
Garth Mangum, chairman of the Policy and Planning Committee of the Job Training Coordinating Council, told council members it will cost $30,000 to have the coordinator in the shelter between April 1 and June 30.Gov. Norm Bangerter has sent memorandums to the Utah Department of Community and Economic Development, the Utah Department of Social Services, the Office of Education and Job Service asking for $5,000 each. United Way is putting up $10,000 of the initial $30,000.
For the following year, the budget for the program will be $55,000 with state agencies, federal money and some money from the state income tax return checkoff for the homeless providing funds.
Mangum said studies show that homeless people view employment and income and one of their most important needs. Therefore, the JTCC and the Utah State Homeless Coordinating Committee endorsed formation of the Salt Lake Employment and Training Advisory Group.
The mission of the group was to develop a proposal to get an employment and training resource coordinator inside the shelter. The program will be administered by the Traveler's Aid Society, current administrator of the shelter.