Salt Lake County Regional Development News
Public Hearing: Salt Lake County is seeking community input for more than $6.2 million dollars available in funding to address housing, shelter, and services under the Home Investment Partnership Program.
January 30, 2023
Community input needed to craft HOME ARP allocation proposal.
Salt Lake County, UT – The Salt Lake County Office of Regional Development needs community input as it crafts its HOME ARP allocation proposal. This proposal will determine the use of $6,213,428.00 in federal funding meant to address the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, public health, State and local governments, individuals, and businesses.
This public hearing is an opportunity for citizens to learn more about the HOME ARP program, including what activities are eligible, the amount of funds that are available, and who will qualify.
Funds must address the need for housing, shelter and services to specific populations (QPs). These four QPs are:
- Homeless Individuals
- Those at risk of Homelessness
- Individuals Fleeing, or attempting to Flee, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, or Human Trafficking
- Other populations who do not qualify under any of the populations above but meet one of the following criteria:
- Other Families Requiring Services of Housing Assistance to Prevent Homelessness
- Those At Greatest Risk of Housing Instability
These funds can only be used to:
- Produce or preserve affordable housing
- Provide Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
- Provide supportive services, homeless prevention services, and housing counseling
- Purchase and develop non-congregate shelter or can be converted to; emergency shelter, permanent housing, or affordable housing
The Public Hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 · 4:00pm – 5:30pm.
Salt Lake County will be hosting a hybrid Public Hearing which will include options for both in-person and virtual attendance via WebEx.
- In-Person Attendance: County Council Chambers, 2001 South State Street, First Floor, North Building, Room N1-100.
The Salt Lake County Government Center is ADA accessible. Accessible parking and entrance are available on the east side of the north building. Accessible parking is also available on the east side of the south building.
Virtual Attendance: Join from the Webex meeting link
Meeting number (access code): 2489 403 9423
Meeting password: Vawk2CzVJ72
Join by phone at 1-213-306-3065 United States Toll
Following the Public Hearing, a separate Public Notice will be posted announcing the start of the Public Comment Period which will be open for a 30-day period. The Salt Lake County HOME-ARP Allocation Proposal will be released at the start of the Public Comment period. The public comment period will begin on or about February 9, 2023.
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Language services are available with 24-hour notice.
Final Call for Emergency Rental Assistance Applications: ERA Portal Closing
Salt Lake County, UT – The Department of Workforce Services has announced the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Portal will stop accepting and providing applications on February 5th, 2023. Applications received before this date will be eligible for ERA funding. No applications will be accepted after February 4th at 11:59PM.
“With rental assistance coming to an end on February 5th, residents who are still in need of financial assistance to pay their rent and utilities should submit an application before the 5th. Many County residents have been impacted by the challenges of the past few years and the federal emergency rental assistance funds have been critical in helping Utahns stay in their homes. More than 42,000 Salt Lake County families were able to pay their rents through this program and the County will continue to provide support through our other programs, like our Salt Lake County Stability Fund." - Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson
Since March 15, 2021, the partnership between Salt Lake County, the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and Salt Lake City provided $155 million in direct rental payment assistance to keep families in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Salt Lake County Stability Fund is a set of programs designed to provide assistance to residents who are facing housing instability and/or evictions. The fund has 3 initiatives:
- A legal representation and consultation program that provides pro bono legal representation to county residents facing eviction. Residents may contact Utah Legal Services or People’s Legal Aid for services.
- An emergency Case Management and Mediation program for residents who have received a 3 day-pay-or-vacate notice, or an eviction notice. Residents may contract Utah Community Action for services.
- Hiring a Housing Asset Manager position to help determine the availability of housing within the County and to develop relationships with local landlords.
SALT LAKE COUNTY - The Community Development Corporation has partnered with the State of Utah Department of Workforce Services to provide mortgage assistance to households who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The program can provide aid for housing-related costs such as mortgage and property charges, taxes, insurance premiums, condominium fees, planned unit development fees, HOA fees, and other assessments that may be required by local or state law.
Funds may be used to bring accounts fully current, with no remaining delinquent amounts, and to repay amounts advanced by the lender or servicer on the borrower’s behalf for property charges.
The current UHAF application period ends November 7, 2022 and will be only be eligible for Households that have incomes equal to, or less than, 100% of the county area median income (AMI) in which the household resides or 100% of AMI for the United States, whichever is greater. Households with income exceeding this will be denied on the current application period unless they are facing immediate foreclosure.
To apply or learn more, visit the website https://homeownersassistance.utah.gov.
UCAIR Donates 200 Smart Thermostats to Salt Lake County Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to Reduce Emissions, Improve Air Quality
June 28, 2022
SALT LAKE COUNTY – The Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) generously donated 200 smart thermostats to Salt Lake County’s Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, which serves low- to moderate income families with health conditions worsened by their home environment. Hundreds of Salt Lake County homes will soon reduce their emissions and improve health conditions for those housed.
“Air quality continues to be at the front of Utahns minds,” said Kim Frost, Executive Director of UCAIR. “We are thrilled to partner with Maverik and Big West Oil to provide smart thermostats to Utah households that experience greater effects of air pollution. With the implementation of energy efficient technology, such as smart thermostats, we will see benefits to our air shed.”
Households at higher risks of air pollution will both save money and have cleaner air by reducing NOx emissions that come from natural gas combustion. Smart thermostats also have features, for example, that remind households when air filters need to be changed.
The Nest Smart thermostats that will be installed will save families 10-12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills. Those savings average from $131-$145 each year.
“As we push towards a more sustainable future, it is important for the most vulnerable among us not to be left behind,” Michael Shea, Salt Lake County Sustainability Director, said. “Which is why we are incredibly excited for our partnership with UCAIR on the SMART thermostat program. This will help further the goals of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative to improve air quality both indoors and out for at-risk-households.”
Other Salt Lake County households interested in switching to smart thermostats to save energy and improve Utah’s air quality, that might not qualify for the Salt Lake County Green & Healthy Homes program, can find rebate programs available from organizations like Rocky Mountain Power or Dominion Energy’s ThermWise Program.
For more information about the Salt Lake County Green & Healthy Homes program, including healthy tips and how to apply, visit https://slco.org/green-healthy-homes.
UCAIR is a statewide clean air partnership created to make it easier for individuals, businesses, and communities to make small changes to improve Utah’s air. UCAIR is committed to furthering energy efficiency and air quality benefits by offering community energy efficiency implementation programs. Learn more about UCAIR at www.ucair.org.