• State Data Overview

    Across Utah, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

    Renter households that are extremely low income
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Brooke Schipporeit

    Brooke Schipporeit

    202.662.1530 x233 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Utah Housing Coalition

    230 South 500 West, Suite 260

    Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    P 801-364-0077

    F 801-596-2011


    Ms. Tara Rollins, Director

    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

    Become a Member
  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Brooke Schipporeit with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Utah Housing Coalition
    Tara Rollins, Executive Director
    230 South 500 West, Suite 216
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101
    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Jonathan Hardy

    Director, Housing and Community Development Division

    Department of Workforce Service


    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Shellie Glines

    Director of Housing


    [email protected]

    Daniel Herbert-Voss

    Multifamily Housing Program Specialist


    [email protected]

    State Entity Webpage

    Housing and Community Development

    NHTF-specific page

    Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund

  • Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Utah (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Utah (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Utah and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Utah and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. 

    The state is planning to launch a $1million rental assistance program on Monday. It also has another $3 million in an Emergency Solutions Grant that will shortly be activated throughout the state. The funds are associated with the CARES Act which includes money to help lessen the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. https://tinyurl.com/y8mkbumf

    MoabCity of Moab, Grand County and the Housing Authority of South Eastern Utah will oversee the distribution of dontated funds to support rental assistancehttps://tinyurl.com/y8c2tfsv

    In Salt Lake City, the Men’s Resource Center is no longer accepting new clients but continues to shelter its existing residents. 

    The Utah Housing and Community Development Division launched a new Rental Assistance Program on May 11. More than $4 million is available through several programs, including existing federal HOME funds and the CARES Act. The program is designed to help those whose income has been impacted by the pandemic but are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
    Housing advocates, faith leaders, and civic groups are urging Utah Governor Gary Herbert to extend the COVID-19-related rent deferral and eviction moratorium for two more months.

    Utah advocates have expanded their efforts to test people experiencing homelessness, low-income renters, and Latino community members for the coronavirus. The Midtown Community Health Center, which operates clinics and shelters, is pre-screening individuals before they enter the shelter and has begun drive-thru testing.

    Tara Rollins and Francisca Blanc of the Utah Housing Coalition, an NLIHC state partner, highlighted the need for Utahans to ensure that all essential workers have access to a safe, affordable home.

    The Utah Economic Response Task Force released a health and economic recovery plan that includes loan and mortgage freezes.