Our Mission & History

Mission

Fourth Street Clinic helps homeless Utahans improve their health and quality of life by providing high quality health care and support services.

For many homeless Utahns, Fourth Street Clinic is their first and only chance at a diagnosis and on-going treatment. By increasing homeless Utahns access to primary care, Fourth Street Clinic is a major partner in ending homelessness, promoting community health, and achieving across-the-board health care savings.

History

Homelessness in Utah

The mid 1980's brought an economic revitalization to Salt Lake City's downtown that included the demolition and redevelopment of many substandard housing units otherwise known as Single-Room Occupancy Hotels (SROs). The SROs were homes to Salt Lake's lowest-income residents who often worked odd jobs within walking distance as janitors or watchmen. When the roughly 800 housing units were torn down, 1,000 residents were cut off from their homes and jobs. Prior homelessness in Utah was an isolated and temporary phenomenon. Now it can be predictable, intergenerational and permanent.

Fourth Street Clinic

Fourth Street Clinic was founded in 1988 as a triage clinic staffed with one part-time nurse who relied heavily on hospitals for patient treatments. Today, with a staff of 50 and a volunteer network of more than 150, Fourth Street Clinic is an AAAHC Patient Centered Medical Home that serves 4,200 homeless men, women and children with 25,000 medical, mental health, substance abuse, dental, and case management visits. The ALSAM Foundation Pharmacy at Fourth Street Clinic dispenses 54,000 medications annually. By increasing homeless Utahns' access to primary care, Fourth Street Clinic is a major partner in ending homelessness, promoting community health, and achieving across-the-board health care savings.