Prioritize funding for affordable housing with SB 39 – before it’s too late!

Ask the Executive Appropriations Committee to prioritize funding for affordable housing – at last!

Last year state legislators finally passed policy to encourage the development of affordable housing to address Utah’s 54,000 unit housing shortage. However, they failed to provide any funding for the measure. This year, Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi) is running an important bill (SB 39 Affordable Housing Amendments) that would provide much needed funding to help address the growing housing problem in our state. But as tax reform unravelled this week, legislators indicate that the possibility of providing appropriations for housing is once again up in the air.

The Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee has prioritized funding for this bill. It is now up to the Executive Appropriations Committee to provide the funding needed to make necessary investments in affordable housing – and they will make their decisions by the end of the day on Friday.

Ask committee members to prioritize full funding for SB 39 BEFORE FRIDAY!

Simply click “Start Writing” to ask state legislators to prioritize funding for SB 39.

What would SB 39 Affordable Housing Amendments do?

SB 39 seeks to appropriate an additional $20 million for the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund to create more affordable housing units and $15 million ongoing to the Department of Workforce Services for rental assistance for families on the brink of homelessness. This bill was developed through the Commission on Housing Affordability at DWS and was recommended by the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee. BOTH forms of funding are critically needed to reverse the growing housing gap!

Ask the Executive Appropriations Committee to prioritize both forms of funding for SB 39 to make a necessary investment in affordable housing this session!

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • Experts estimate that statewide there is a 49,000 to 54,000-unit shortage of housing that does not “cost-burden” residents who make significantly less than an area’s median income (AMI). State officials are estimating a shortage of 25,000 such units in Salt Lake County alone. The housing shortage has been called a “crisis”, and is only worsening.
  • This bill appropriates long-overdue funds for an issue that has been too long deprioritized and underfunded, providing needed assistance to build approximately 2,300 new affordable housing units and rental assistance for around 1,000 Utah families on the brink of homelessness.
  • Without the ongoing $15 million to the Department of Workforce Services, it will be more difficult to secure financial assistance or low-interest loans needed to create moderate-income housing. This often equates to the difference between a project breaking ground or not.
  • Without the State’s investment, Utahns will be impacted by worsening homelessness problems and other economic issues (including unstable housing for children), which have been shown to have lifelong impact.
  • Authorizing the Housing and Community Development Division to
  • partner with one or more housing authorities or other entities will better enable the provision of rental assistance for at-risk families.
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