According to Crossroads Urban Center, more than half of all Salt Lake City residents don’t make enough to afford renting an average-priced, two-bedroom house or apartment. The wait list for low-income housing is 5 years! Affordable housing is an issue in communities across the state, pushing families into crisis and homelessness.
The annual Point in Time Count shows that the number of unsheltered homeless rose 40% in 2018. Yet, as the state transitions homeless services from the Road Home to three smaller shelters, losing 400 shelter beds in the process.
It’s time for the state to take stronger action to address the affordable housing crunch — before it hits a crisis level. It’s time to find shelter for the homeless… before the number of shelter beds drops in 2019.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Sign the #WhereDoTheyGo petition asking Governor Herbert to include funding for targeted housing to reduce homelessness in the 2019 fiscal year budget so that no adult or child is placed on a waiting list–and left to sleep in a car or on the street–when we lose shelter beds next year.
- Or contact the Governor directly to ask him to prioritize homelessness and affordable housing in his 2019 budget.Gov. Gary Herbert (801) 538-1000 or leave an online comment here