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Negative Economic Impact

Respond to economic harms to workers, families, small business, impacted industries, and public sector

  • Assistance to workers and families – support for unemployed workers, aid to households, survivor benefits for families of COVID-19 victims
  • Small business support – loans, grants, in-kind assistance, counseling programs
  • Speed the recovery of impacted industry – tourism, travel, hospitality sectors
  • Rebuild public sector capacity – restoring staffing to pre-pandemic levels, implementing economic relief program

Economic Recovery Projects

Workforce Inclusion and Successful Employment (WISE)
Program Description Approved budget

The Workforce Inclusion and Successful Employment (WISE) Program will connect unemployed and underemployed lower income County residents with better jobs through a 5-year pilot that evaluates the return on investment for additional services that increase the success of workforce development programs.

WISE will focus on County residents with household income at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. These communities were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, since which time they have experienced higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. This program will connect 2000+ eligible residents with higher-paying jobs, while also providing a proof-of-concept for how to better serve those populations in the future


Workforce Inclusion and Successful Employment (WISE) Dashboard



Green & Healthy Homes
Program Description Approved Budget

Salt Lake County Housing and Community Development (HCD) has administered the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI)program for the last ten years. Each home that is assisted receives a complete Healthy Homes Assessment to identify deficiencies which can cause health issues, a disproportionate energy burden or unsafe living conditions. Within GHHI, we administer an Aging in Place Program to fully retrofit a home for accessibility and mobility throughout the home, thereby allowing the elderly or physically disabled to remain in their homes and neighborhoods. For the existing program, HUD funds are used for loans or grants or a combination of both to complete the home retrofits.

This program would be an extension of the existing GHHI program to reach more households in need, particularly those impacted by COVID-19. In 2014 among Salt Lake County residents aged 65 or older, the rate of emergency calls due to fall injuries was 458.6 per 10,000 and the subsequent hospitalization rate was 130.0 per 10,000. In 2016, the fall mortality rate was 5.4 per 10,000. Intended outcomes: For the 144-193 Aging in Place projects, medical and health care cost saving of $28.8M-$38.6M (average national indicator from John Hopkins University). In addition, the program provides untold housing cost savings for the clients and a higher quality of life.


Green & Healthy Homes Dashboard

Salt Lake Center of Opportunity Partnership (CO-OP)
Program Description Approved Budget

The Salt Lake Center of Opportunity Partnership (CO-OP) seeks to connect small businesses in Opportunity Communities with the resources they need to grow and thrive. It launched in 2022.


Salt Lake Center of Opportunity Partnership (CO-OP) Dashboard

Housing Trust Fund
Program Description Approved Budget

Rising rent and homeownership costs have exacerbated the pandemic economic hardships experienced by low income households in Salt Lake County and those living in Qualified Census Tracts. The Salt Lake Metro area is now the 10th least affordable metro area in the nation (Clever Real Estate) and more than half of Utah's households are unable to afford the State's median priced home (Gardner Policy Institute). To begin addressing the issue of affordable housing, Salt Lake County has requested $20,000,000 in ARPA funding. To maximize the impact of these funds the project will focus on four main uses:

1) Help address the rising affordability problem for both renters and homeowners

2) Use data and research as proactive tools to strategically invest in housing projects that support opportunity and choice. Examples: location proximity to community supports, housing form choices, and housing type choices

3) Program will track outcomes/indicators that address both quantity, quality, and equitable access

4) Strategically preserve affordable housing in Salt Lake County; Preliminary analysis of the Preservation data reveals that 29% of units are set to expire income restrictions between 2022 - 2030.


Housing Trust Fund Dashboard

High Needs/Medical Service Housing
Program Description Approved Budget

The High Needs/Medical Services program provides essential services to unhoused citizens of Salt Lake County over the age of 60. This population is at an increased risk due to the intersectionality between aging and homelessness. Salt Lake County is targeting this vulnerable population with solutions to long-term housing and supportive medical/mental health services.


High Needs/Medical Service Housing