Affordable housing is a persistent problem in Utah, with an estimated shortage of about 54,000 units for working families to be able to afford. The lack of stable housing can create negative outcomes in health, school, career, addiction, family and homelessness – impacts that radiate beyond families into entire communities and around the state.
This year, Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi) sponsored SB34 Affordable Housing Modifications to encourage cities to adopt affordable housing development plans and work towards reducing the widening housing gap. Although the bill passed (yay!), it failed to receive a single dollar of funding out of the $24 million requested. An accompanying bill by Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake) to bring an additional $20 million into the Olene Walker Housing Fund failed to pass at all.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Contact your state senator and state representative and ask them to prioritize funding for affordable housing in 2020 to begin to meet the basic needs of our growing state.
Learn more about the 2019 housing bills: