Utah has an affordable housing shortage of 54,000 units and growing. Legislators have taken action to pass policy in 2019 that encourages the development of affordable housing, but failed to provide critical funding for the measure, citing tax reform as a reason for holding off on much-needed appropriations to begin addressing the housing crisis.
This year, legislators have a chance to try again, yet leadership has warned that the unravelling of tax reform means that the budget is uncertain and funding for housing may once again be in jeopardy. However, tax reform won’t be addressed until the 2021 legislative session, meaning funding could be unlikely in 2021 as well. In the meantime, working Utah families are on the brink of homelessness and the housing shortage is only getting worse. Building affordable housing is a long process that begins with funding.
Must Utahns wait until 2022 for the state to begin to invest in solutions for the housing crisis?
How YOU can help
Ask legislative leadership not to wait — prioritize funding in 2020 for BOTH affordable housing development and rental assistance for families on the brink of homelessness so Utah can begin to curb housing issues starting now!
Thanks for taking action to ensure Utah invests in housing – your voice matters!