Today I announced the launch of two new Pay for Success projects in Salt Lake County. We are focusing on two long-running county challenges – persistent homelessness, and adult males at high risk for repeat stays in the county jail. To tackle these challenges, the county is partnering with the Road Home for the "Homes Not Jail" program, and First Step House for the REACH (Recovery, Engagement, Assessment, Career, Housing) program.
Pay for Success is an innovative and exciting funding model that allows us to get moving on these programs with private dollars, but that’s not the main reason I am so committed to it. Through this model, private funders assume up front responsibility for these programs and Salt Lake County only repays them if the outcomes we’ve identified are achieved.
The consequences of failing to measure the impact of our policies and programs go well beyond wasting scarce tax dollars, or simply running programs on auto pilot.
Every time a homeless person, or a repeat offender participates in a program that doesn’t work, that has a human cost for them and for our community.
Both programs will kick-off in the first months of 2017, serving about 550 people.