- 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.KeyFacts58,663Or20%Renter households that are extremely low income$25,100Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-40,725Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$41,251Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.72%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
- State Level Partners
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]
- Housing Trust FundHTF 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.Current Year HTF Allocation
$3,000,000HTF State Resources
2017 Annual Action Plan (PDF)
2016 Annual Action Plan (PDF)Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:11 MB
State Housing Profile
Congressional District Housing Profile
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
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
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. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.
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
Updated on July 24, 2020.
Moab City of Moab, Grand County and the Housing Authority of South Eastern Utah will oversee the distribution of dontated funds to support rental assistance https://tinyurl.com/y8c2tfsv Weber Nearly $400,000 has been earmarked to help Weber County residents impacted by COVID-19, out of work and struggling to pay their rent. The funds come thanks to the federal CARES Act, the initiative aimed at helping countering the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money is funneled to Weber County through the state. https://tinyurl.com/yxrdx9uy
Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.
Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:
In Salt Lake City, the Men’s Resource Center is no longer accepting new clients but continues to shelter its existing residents.
Op-Eds or Letters to the Editor
At a time when our collective health depends on people’s ability to stay at home, it has never been clearer that housing is healthcare. Read here.
State and Local News
KUER discussed NLIHC’s Out of Reach 2020 report findings on the gap between wages and the cost of rent in Utah. The article also mentions advocates’ concerns about how the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the state’s housing crisis. Deseret News also discussed NLIHC’s Out of Reach 2020 report and advocates’ concerns that COVID-19 has made affordable housing more of an issue for Utahans who already struggled to afford rent before the pandemic.
Updated on July 20, 2020.
Affordable housing advocates in Utah, including the Utah Housing Coalition, an NLIHC state partner, are concerned that tenants behind on rent could soon face evictions. The Utah Housing Coalition partnered with Utah Community Action to offer an online version of the “Tenant Toolkit.”
Updated on July 7, 2020.
Utah affordable housing advocates, including the Utah Housing Coalition, an NLIHC state partner, are urging the Legislature to maintain funds for affordable housing as lawmakers make budget cuts due to COVID-19.
Updated on June 22, 2020.
Housing advocates in Utah are warning of a spike in evictions as the federal eviction moratorium and additional CARES Act benefits expire in July. The state’s $4 million rental assistance program has received nearly 1,093 requests for aid. Advocates, including the Utah Housing Coalition, an NLIHC state partner, are urging Congress to include $100 billion in rental assistance in the next relief package.
Updated on June 12, 2020.
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.
Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.
In the third week of July, 14.4% of adults in Utah reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 46,653 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.
Updated: July 29
In the first month after the eviction moratorium was lifted on May 15th, 224 eviction cases were filed. Somewhere between 45-70% of rental units in Utah are covered by the CARES Act eviction protections, which expire at the end of July. According to a weekly survey by the Census, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.
Updated: July 16COVID-19 Resources Other
What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d
Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb