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What is AMI? And Why You Need to Know It

Posted By Regional Development
September 14, 2021

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Salt Lake County receives multiple grants per year that fund programs like Lead-Safe Housing, Green and Healthy Homes, and pandemic Emergency Rental Assistance.

Every year the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases income guidelines that affect which residents in Salt Lake County qualify for all kinds of program services. 

It is common that free (or reduced rate services) can only be for Salt Lake County residents that earn wages at or below the area’s average median income by a certain percentage, which can get confusing. 

Why is it important for you to know?

Area Median Income or AMI can determine what kinds of services you or your family can receive if you need assistance. For Fiscal Year 2021, the median family income in Salt Lake County is estimated to be $92,900, based off U.S. Census data. 

The table below shows three tiers of income limits set by HUD for Salt Lake County residents, depending on how many people are in your house. They are grouped by:

  • Extremely Low: Family income is 30% or below of Salt Lake County’s median family income or federal poverty guidelines.

  • Very Low: Family income is 50% or below of Salt Lake County’s median family income.

  • Low: Family income is 80% or below Salt Lake County’s median family income.

Calculate your Income Category

Your family’s size is important to calculating and understanding your income limits.

Income Limit Category Persons in Family
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Very Low (50%) Income Limits ($) 32,300 36,900 41,500 46,100 49,800 53,500 57,200 60,900
Extremely Low Income Limits ($)* 19,400 22,150 24,900 27,650 31,040 35,580 40,120 44,660
Low (80%) Income Limits ($) 51,650 59,000 66,400 73,750 79,650 85,550 91,450 97,350

Know where your household’s income guidelines stand and contact 2-1-1 for resources if you could use help getting groceries, rental assistance, childcare, and more.

Salt Lake County Programs you may be eligible for: