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Community Needs Assessment

How has funding been allocated in the past?

During the past five years, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Community and Support Services (SSBG & ESG) funding has been allocated to organizations addressing the following issues:

  • Housing – 64%
  • Infrastructure / Neighborhood Revitalization – 16%
  • Safety and Stability  - 7%
  • Economic Development – 6%
  • Access to Crisis Services – 4%
  • Legal Services – 2%
  • Education – 1%
  • Healthcare - 0.2%


needs assessment historical trends

How has community input been gathered in the past?

Historically, the division has incorporated several factors in the decision making process, including:

  • Literature review of prior needs assessments
  • Public needs hearing
  • Responses to request for proposals (RFP) from providers
  • RFP review committee input
How & why the 2017 assessment was done differently?

The following steps were added to the process to make a more comprehensive and informed approach to understand and address community needs:

  • Expanded literature review of 13 assessments, reports, and research
  • Created on-line survey (feedback collected February - April 2017)
  • Designed questions specific to top needs identified in literature review
    • Transportation
    • Safety/Stability
    • Economic Development
    • Housing
  • Mapping of underserved communities and members of protected classes
  • Identified priority communities based upon mapping results
    • Kearns
    • Midvale
    • Salt Lake City
    • South Salt Lake
  • Implemented additional strategies to seek input from priority communities:
    • Kearns
      • Religious leaders
    • Midvale
      • Seniors
    • Salt Lake City
      • Community councils & other organizations
    • South Salt Lake
      • Youth & families
    Copies of the 2017 Survey

    Agenda 6.5.2017 Results PresentationNeeds Assessment Report (Short version)

    Background, Purpose & Process

    Salt Lake County is committed to utilize data and a variety of methods to gather information to identify the most critical needs facing our communities.  As part of the effort to use resources efficiently and through partnership, the division conducted a community needs assessment in 2017.


    1. To seek input from individual community members, with a focus on those who may have the greatest needs.
    2. To better understand the needs of the communities throughout Salt Lake County.
    3. To help inform the allocation of resources to best address the needs of Salt Lake County residents.

    2017 Survey Results

    Final Report | Literature Review

    Total # of survey participants: 870

    • # of surveys taken in English:  800
    • # of surveys taken in Spanish: 70
    % of Survey Participants by Community
    Map of Salt Lake County
    salt lake county map

    Of the 870 participants from around the county that took the survey, the breakdown of participants based on residency was as follows:

    • Salt Lake City - 34%
    • West Valley City - 10%
    • West Jordan - 7%
    • South Salt Lake - 6%
    • Magna - 6%
    • Kearns - 6 %
    • Taylorsville - 5%
    • Sandy - 5%
    • South Jordan - 4%
    • Millcreek - 4%
    • Holladay - 2%
    • Murray - 2%
    • Midvale - 2%
    • Riverton - 2%
    • Copperton - 1%
    • Cottonwood Heights - 1%
    • Draper - 1%
    • Herriman - 1%
    • Bluffdale - 0.5%
    • White City - 0.12%
    • Emigration - 0%
    • Alta - 0% 
    Top Issues Identified as Needing The MOST Improvement

    Top issues identified as needing the most improvement by survey respondents.

    needs assessment top need 1-education


    needs assessment top need 2-environment

    needs assessment top need 3-safety

    Neighborhood Revitalization
    needs assessment top need 4-neighborhood revitalization

    Mental Health Services
    needs assessment top need 5-mental health services

    needs assessment top need 6-housing

    "Education funding- from affordable child care to building new public schools. Our schools are crammed with too many students and our teachers are over worked and underpaid. I honestly would support an increase in my taxes in order to provide more education funding.” - South Jordan Resident

    "Better education, need for more afterschool programs and more adult training” - Millcreek Resident 

    "Education.  Our schools are overcrowded and far too underfunded.”  - Salt Lake City Resident

    “As of right now, I think providing service to those in need such as housing, employment, health services need to be looked at. Many time providing only one service is not the answer. People who are in need, need access to multiple services to ensure that they are successful in getting back on their feet.” – Murray Resident

    “Revitalizing neighborhoods which includes zoning enforcement with rentals; taking care of street lights, run down buildings in residential areas, and side walks.” – Salt Lake City resident

    “Lack of provision of services to prevent and treat mental health programs.  Programs to prevent suicide in young people in the Hispanic community.” – West Valley City Resident

    “Clean air” – Kearns Resident

    “Drug use. It hurts children, as well as the reputation of a neighborhood. It seems the police are so overwhelmed they can't deal with it. And jail doesn't solve the problem.” – Kearns Resident

    “Neighborhood revitalization, especially helping our elderly population in our neighborhood.” – Midvale Resident

    Type of Housing Identified as Needed Most
    • Affordable Housing - 49%
    • All types are equally important - 26%
    • Home ownership - 16%
    • Special needs housing - 4%
    • Rental housing - 2%
    • Senior housing - 2%

    needs assessment type of housing needed most

      Greatest Community Need in 5-10 Years

      Looking Ahead: Greatest Needs Identified Over the Next 5-10 years by Survey Respondents. 

      needs assessment greatest need 5-10yrs - housing

      needs assessment greatest need 5-10yrs - education

      needs assessment greatest need 5-10yrs - transportation

      Economic Development
      needs assessment greatest need 5-10yrs - economic development

      needs assessment greatest need 5-10yrs - safety


      needs assessment greatest need 5-10yrs - healthcare and mental health services


      “Needs more commercial space, more walkability/bikeability and more emphasis on arts and environmental health.” – Salt Lake City Resident

      “Affordability and accessibility-in many pieces of development but especially for those who haven't had the privilege to attend intensive training and education so that they too can provide for themselves and their families in something they are able to do and have room to grow doing.” – South Salt Lake resident  

      “Keeping housing affordable and creating employment opportunities with living wages for people of all education levels, even as SLC's population continues to grow.” – Salt Lake City Resident

      “Affordable housing as our population is growing “ – South Salt Lake Resident  

      “Adequate, environmentally-friendly, convenient, cost-efficient (for both the state and the riders) public transportation” – Salt Lake City Resident

      “How to manage problems associated with our rapidly expanding population: overcrowded schools; clogged freeways and roads; dirtier air; homes being built halfway up the mountainside & multi-family housing being crammed into already crowded neighborhoods; increased crime (+gangs, drug use & trafficking); loss of green areas & overuse of recreational areas; reduced quality of life.” – Salt Lake City Resident

      “Income. My family makes more than average in my community, and we are barely making it from check to check.” – Magna Resident

      “Jobs that offer greater pay and more jobs in between typical entry level minimum wage or requiring a college degree. “ West Jordan Resident

      “I think the greatest gap will continue to be in school and making more ways for the school to become a place for families to feel comfortable in going and being involved. “ – Kearns Resident

      “Transportation” – Midvale Resident

      “We are seeing some economic development, and a ton of low income housing come into the neighborhood. Unfortunately nobody has addressed the safety concerns all of these low income apartment complexes will bring. A majority of them at 80% low income to 20% market value. We need North Temple to be restored, to create a safe place for further job opportunities for all of these low income people that will be moving into the neighborhood. The river is could also be a great asset for the community as a source of free recreation and beauty for these people. Home ownership and involvement also needs to be a priority so we don't get over run by apartment buildings.” – Salt Lake City Resident

      “Mental health services have been woefully underfunded for years and years.  If this doesn't improve then this will be the continued greatest gap and the fall-out from that is tremendous and manifested in many negative effects.” – Salt Lake City Resident

      “Health care and rising costs of food combined with poorer quality of food over time which is causing more illness.  plus rampant development is leading to deteriorating air and water quality leading to more sickness.  Personally I think we need more communities working together to produce healthy food locally.  We need less restrictions on raising animals for food, collecting rain water, solar and wind power...overall make it easier for people to be more self-sufficient at community levels” – Salt Lake City Resident

      “East/West transportation and street lighting!” – Kearns Resident

      Results from Four Priority Communities

      To best align with federal funding requirements, four priority communities were identified based upon population of undeserved and under represented populations, including protected classes.  The communities, and the survey results for each are shown in the .pdf below.

      Needs assessment priority community results

      Results from All Communities (Presented in Alphabetical Order)