Salt Lake County Regional Development News
Data: More Than 12,000 Salt Lake County Residents Receive $17M in COVID-19 Rental Assistance since March 2021
June 17, 2021
Data collected and analyzed from Utah’s joint Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) now shows that $17.14 million of federal ERAP funds have been paid out in Salt Lake County, helping 12,190 Salt Lake County residents since March 2021.
Three months into the rental assistance program, Salt Lake County data shows women are applying for rental assistance at a higher rate than men. Approximately 60% of applicants are women, and the largest portion are women unemployed for more than 90 days.
“The demand for rental assistance funds this spring has exceeded our expectations,” said Michael Gallegos, Director of Salt Lake County Housing & Community Development. “While we’re ahead of where we thought we would be, there are still plenty of funds available, and we encourage residents to continue to apply, especially as we know the CDC’s Eviction Moratorium will end after June 30.”
While a number of Salt Lake County residents have bounced back from the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, there are still significant efforts underway to help residents facing ongoing housing insecurity. ERAP recipient race demographics match or exceed County demographics, showing that rental assistance funds are getting into traditionally underserved populations.
“We know there are geographic areas of higher need, and diverse populations that may require support to apply,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. “We are addressing those needs as they’re identified by the community and data. We are also utilizing organizations in our outreach grant program to assist disproportionately impacted individuals in tapping into this critical resource to avoid eviction.”
Salt Lake County is releasing ERAP data to the public, showing the total amounts paid out since the program began, density and location of rental assistance paid by zip code in Salt Lake County, and rent relief payouts by municipality. This information is available on a new, public dashboard at https://slco.org/slcomunidata on Tab #7. Some interesting data points include:
- 55% of rental assistance provided thus far in Salt Lake County has been applied for by landlords on behalf of their tenants
- 62% of all rental assistance funds in Utah are being paid out to Salt Lake County residents
- All areas of Salt Lake County have seen requests for assistance
- Salt Lake City, the largest city with the highest rate of renters, has seen the highest number of requests; nearly $6 million in rental assistance has been paid out to residents in Salt Lake City
Rental assistance funds are available to those who need and qualify for the remainder of 2021. Residents can apply at https://rentrelief.utah.gov. If an individual needs free assistance with the application, they can find a list of those ready to support them best suited to their needs or language at https://slco.org/covid-19/rental-assistance/.
June 04, 2021
We cherish the beautiful landscape that surrounds us in Salt Lake County: the mountains, our rivers and streams, the air, our precious and limited land.
So, what is Salt Lake County doing for our environment to address issues and ensure its quality continues for future generations? In celebration of World Environment Day on Saturday, June 5, we're sharing four areas of focus.
1. We're Developing Innovative Air Quality Projects
Salt Lake County is currently pursuing multiple projects to help improve our air. These range from installing electric charging stations at County facilities and mandating EVs and hybrids for our vehicle fleet to creating and carrying out new ways to provide additional air quality data for our residents and businesses through expanded air monitoring projects.
Improved, detailed air quality data will help us more strategically produce targeted solutions into the future.
2. We're Conserving Water, and You Should Too
As we're well into a drought this summer, Salt Lake County is doing its part to help conserve water. This includes cutting our water use by 5% -- nearly 43.3 million gallons -- and providing tips and best practices to our residents to help minimize their water use.
We issued a challenge in April to County residents to match the County’s own 5% reduction at their homes. If 25% of residents help with this goal, we will collectively save at least 2 million gallons of water per day. Learn more at SLCoH2O.org.
3. We Support a Goal of 100% Net Renewable Energy
Salt Lake County is part of one of the most ambitious clean energy projects in the region. The Communities 100 group is a collection of cities and counties across the state pursuing the goal of 100% net renewable energy. So far, over 15 communities have indicated commitments to the program. If successful, it will represent the largest expansion of clean energy in Utah's history.
4. Our Planning Always Includes the Environment
Salt Lake County is responsible for multiple land use planning documents across the County. Within each is a plan on how to best preserve the natural ecosystem and maintain minimal impact on the landscapes, like in the recently updated and adopted Wasatch Canyons General Plan. The updated Plan put forth guidance on the importance of the watershed, addressing invasive plant species, wildlife, forest health, and wildfires.
As the County grows in population and size, making sure our natural environment is preserved is of the utmost importance.
Have questions? Talk with Salt Lake County's Sustainability Director Michael Shea: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 385-271-3745.
Multiple organizations across Salt Lake County joined forces in May to grow a bicycle community in Kearns.
As part of National Bike Month, Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee (SLCBAC) and Bike Utah worked together to identify an area in Salt Lake County, through key indicators, that would benefit from increased connection to bike routes and outreach of their availability.
In partnership with the Greater Salt Lake MSD, an area in Kearns was chosen and work got quickly underway.
On Thursday, May 27, Blair Tomten, chair of Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee, and Hugh Van Wagenen with the Wasatch Front Regional Council, installed new wayfinding signs in Kearns to encourage youth and families to bike between local elementary schools and the Kearns Library as part of the "Camp Kearns Neighborhood Route."
The routes where new signs were installed were selected based on greater social vulnerability scores and the need for quiet, local streets where it would be safest to bike.
The goal is to encourage safe opportunities for kids and families to bicycle together, so they can enjoy the many benefits from recreating or choosing it as an alternative form of transportation.
Kearns residents can submit pictures and stories from their biking experiences to be featured online.
Learn more about the Bike Kearns Project and Kearn's Active Transportation Plan by the MSD by visiting https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/6eb6db758db04859ba09d412d876bb59.
Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee is made up resident volunteers in every district of the County who are all passionate about promoting bicycling as a safe, healthy, equitable, and beneficial mode of transportation.