Salt Lake City’s Housing Solutions

Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air Date: February 26, 2020) — This week on the program, a panel of experts discusses the policies and programs that could potentially halt the housing crisis in Salt Lake City. Of particular concern are how to address homelessness, promote affordable rental options, provide rental assistance and support first-time homebuyers.

On the state level, the legislature passed SB39 sponsored by Sen. Jake Anderegg to help ease the 45,000 to 55,000 unit deficit in Utah housing. The bill would direct $15 million to a fund for developing low-income housing, $5 million to preserve existing affordable units and another $15 million of rental assistance for thousands of Utah families. It would also set aside $300,000 toward pre-development costs in rural affordable housing projects.

Today’s panelists explain how state and city plans to confront the housing gap can work together to address the issue. Included on the panel are: Lani Eggersten-Goff, Director of Salt Lake City Housing and Neighborhood Development; Dejan Eskic, Senior Research Analyst at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute; and Tammy Hunsaker, Senior Project Manager for the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City. Moderating the discussion is Angela Price, Project and Policy Manager for Salt Lake City Housing and Neighborhood Development.

This forum was recorded on February 19, 2020.