Salt Lake County Regional Development News
In March 2021, Salt Lake County Regional Development held four different virtual community meetings and invited residents to attend to learn more about the West General Plan process and share your feedback. Recordings of those meetings are now available for playback or for viewing if you missed the events!
Salt Lake County is preparing the West General Plan, which focuses on unincorporated areas in the western portion of the County. When completed, this General Plan will provide a big picture guide for officials and residents to use to prepare for growth and conservation efforts over the next 20-50 years.
The meetings were broken down into four categories:
- Great Salt Lake Shoreline (Salt Lake City, Magna, and North Salt Lake)
- Central Oquirrhs (West Jordan, Copperton, South Jordan, Herriman)
- North Oquirrhs (Magna, West Valley, Kearns)
- Southwest Oquirrhs & Traverse Mountains (Herriman, Riverton, Bluffdale, High Country, Camp Williams)
Click on the different meetings below to be taken to the recording and watch the meeting, which is linked on Regional Development's YouTube Channel.
Learn more about the West General Plan, and get involved, at slco.org/west-plan. There you can also submit questions or comments about the plan.
March 30, 2021
Salt Lake County is concerned about a K-shaped economic recovery from the pandemic, where some communities recover more slowly than others, and how this would make opportunity gaps that existed prior to the pandemic even more severe.
As a part of Salt Lake County’s continuous and evolving economic recovery efforts, a new program — Economic Inclusion Community Assistance Program — is being launched to address gaps in connecting diverse business owners with existing resources, which have otherwise remained underutilized or unknown
County leaders want to leverage community organizations’ relationships to help connect diverse businesses with the support they need to recover from the pandemic’s effects and achieve long-term success.
“We believe community partners have the existing relationships, established networks, and cultural awareness necessary to effectively assist diverse business owners experiencing the devastating financial impacts of the pandemic, and this program will facilitate that one-on-one connection,” said Samantha Mary Thermos, Salt Lake County COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program Manager.
The program will specifically fund partners that work with businesses in communities experiencing economic opportunity gaps, including: African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Native American, Asian-Pacific, Subcontinent Asian American, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, socially or economically disadvantaged businesses, and businesses located in areas with lower economic opportunity.
“I’m proud of the high levels of economic opportunity Salt Lake County has achieved, but we still have important work to do around inclusion,” said Jevon Gibb, Salt Lake County Economic Development Director. “Some communities are getting left behind, and COVID-19 has made that trend worse. All too often, this lack of opportunity goes overlooked. We’re excited to work with partners to help these communities achieve their potential, which will create a stronger economy for everybody in Salt Lake County.”
Applications are open March 29 - April 7, 2021. A recording of a webinar, and accompanying slides, reviewing the program are available at slco.org/covid-19/economy/grants/.
March 24, 2021
Rental Assistance is available now for Salt Lake County residents through rentrlief.utah.gov for those who meet a defined list of eligibility criteria.
But what do landlords need to know about the Utah program, especially if their tenants qualify or are applying?
1. The rental assistance covers current rent, as well as arrears AND potential future months' needs
If your tenant has been behind on rent any time since March 2020 due to COVID-19 reasons, this rental assistance can fulfill those needs, as well as any current, or future three months of rent for termed leases. Residents can get multiple months of rental assistance. This rental assistance can cover the following expenses:
- Past-due rent
- Security deposit
- Utilities, including internet and energy costs
2. As a landlord you will be asked to provide some official documentation
To certify the need for rental assistance, landlords will be asked to provide certain documents to their tenants, including:
- Landlord W-9
- A ledger showing outstanding rent and/or other feeds
If you are concerned about sharing sensitive information and have questions or want to confirm a request for information is not a scam, that's understandable. Call 801-526-9666.
3. You can apply to receive rental assistance funds on behalf of your tenant
Perhaps your tenant hasn't pursued an application or has experienced difficulties applying during COVID-19. If this is the case and your tenant meets eligibility requirements, landlords can apply for benefits on behalf of tenants. You will need the following documents to complete an application at rentrelief.utah.gov:
- Tenant Income Verification
- Lease Agreement (include all pages)
- Landlord W-9
- Past Due Rent Documentation in the form of a monthly itemized ledger
- Past Due Utility Notice or Utility Shut Off Notice and Internet Bill (if applicable)
- Eviction Notice (if applicable)
If you're a landlord applying for your tenant, provide the Tenant Application Form at https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/lhaptenant.pdf. You will upload all of these documents online through the application portal.
4. Funds from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program will come directly to you
After a complete application is filed and approved (it can take as much as two weeks due to demand), the rental assistance will be paid out directly to landlords — not tenants.
If you are aware of potential fraud, waste, or abuse related to this rental assistance program please email email@example.com or call 801-526-9666.