Utah has a 'housing crisis' in a lack of affordable homes

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  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 19, 2018 12:26 p.m.

    'Utah has a 'housing crisis' in a lack of affordable homes'

    This is untrue. Wonderful places like Juab, Sanpete, Carbon and Emery counties have some of the most affordable housing the country. The air is clean there, the scenery is beautiful. There is ample land and water available.

    There is no reason we have to live like sardines. Let's spread out a little bit and give ourselves some room to breathe.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Nov. 19, 2018 11:00 a.m.

    Chicago doesn't have a "housing crisis". You can go live in the projects.
    Russia doesn't have a "housing crisis". There is a high-rise, concrete-cubical just waiting for you, comrade! Very affordable.
    Cuba doesn't have a "housing crisis";
    Venezuela doesn't have a "housing crisis".
    Southern California traded their "housing crisis" for a "tent city of transients crisis"

    See the pattern ?

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Nov. 19, 2018 10:57 a.m.

    Why is it a "housing crisis" ?
    Why isn't it a "crisis of overpopulation"?

    Buying a house is not a right. It is not a "crisis" to not be able to afford one.

  • Glyz60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 19, 2018 9:11 a.m.

    There are many issues creating more homeless people every month. The influx of big companies who received a cash incentives and 15 to 20 year tax credits. When we were outraged, we were told it would create great paying jobs with benefits. Turns out those companies are bringing their people with those higher paying jobs, and offering existing people in Utah $12 to $15 per hour p/t jobs (Amazon, UPS). There are thousands who have been or are being brought in from out of state for the high paying jobs.

    There are many in Utah who need to learn basic life skills, transportation, money management, daycare, medical and so much more. Women with children need to understand it is a luxury to stay at home with the kids these days and they are not entitled to government compensation to do it. They should be taught this in public & private, in churches, especially churches. This goes for men too.

    Mayor Biskupski and the SLC Council have repeatedly stated they are only interested in making housing affordable for people who make $41,000 or more. Trouble is the average wage in SLC is $26,000 per year and now, the low income property owners are evicting and selling to mega developers.

  • PHJN25 Springville, UT
    Nov. 18, 2018 10:02 p.m.

    Why not bring back something we had back in the days of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration?: A Utah-based New Deal policy where homeless people would be provided with Utah government housing. In exchange for free housing, medical care, dental care and three square meals per day, have these people do manual labor.

    We could use these labor camps similar to the way the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was operated under FDR's New Deal.

    I despise the idea of giving anything away for nothing. All that does is encourage more and more people to come and seek their handouts.

    Let's apply intelligent compassion: In return for providing food, shelter, medical and dental care, we get these same folks to put in an honest day's work.

    For those who are physically or mentally unable to work, we'll take care of them, too.

    Our forests need huge amounts of labor intensive "fuel reduction." Labor camps, close to these forests, would provide the labor for doing this work.

    I'm a former USDA Forest Service employee. The Forest Service needs this assistance!

    There are no simple solutions. Only intelligent choices.

    Andy McKane from Molokai, HI

  • tmkh American Fork, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:53 a.m.

    @worf you might not think housing is a right, but many in Utah have realized that housing is a critical part of the foundation on which people can survive and thrive. In fact, it's at the very bottom of Maslow's hierarchy of needs -- when you first find ways to help people meet the physiological needs of water, food, sleep, clothing, and shelter, that is when they become capable of taking the next step toward meeting their safety needs (which include financial security).

    For too long we have had a system that tries to force people into proving that they can satisfy their financial needs (through work requirements for people to get assistance and similar programs), without realizing that it's extremely difficult or even impossible to do so when your basic physiological needs are not being met.

    I applaud all efforts to make housing more affordable and for people like Pamela Atkinson and other leaders in our state who have realized how critical affordable housing is, and made it their mission to get more of it. Finding options and providing assistance to those who need housing provides benefits to our society as a whole.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Aug. 26, 2018 1:48 p.m.


    But housing is not a right!

  • readme Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2018 1:45 p.m.

    Utah governments and their hundreds of pages of regulations are responsible for Utah's housing crisis by making it financially impossible to settle.

    When 19th-century pioneers were asked to settle lands, they moved onto them and went to work.

    Today you can't move onto your land and build. You must ask for government permission every step of the way.

    You will be required to pay for 1) a government-mandated perk test, 2) soil test, 3) soil exploratory pits for underground water level tests, 4) piezometers and a year of government water-level monitoring, 4) well-water quality tests, 5) an environmental impact study, 6) plat drawings, 7) multiple title reports as requested, 8) a subdivision feasibility letter, 9) noxious weed certification, 10) water rights, 11) a well, 12) a waste-water treatment system and drain field, 12) power brought to your property and connected to your home, 13) gas or propane, and 14) And to build, pave and dedicate a road.

    Utah County's annual budget is $85 million. How many miles of new sewer and municipal waste-water treatment systems do they build? None.

    Because of government regulations, 96% of Utahans compete for 4% of the land in towns.

  • Cookie999 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 26, 2018 12:14 a.m.

    Houses around my parents' home have gone up in supposed value since the 1970s to reach 33 times what they were. Wages have not kept up with such an astronomical increase. It is not Christian to charge such high prices; it is, in fact, the spirit of speculation. You may also find, if you study what has gone on not just in our state, but across the country, that banks have forced people out of business who may have been much more moderate in setting rent amounts. It happened to my family, and that is all I can say about that.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Aug. 25, 2018 4:24 p.m.

    Utah has a housing crisis,
    The Bay area has a housing crisis,
    Seattle has a housing crisis,
    Denver has a housing crisis,
    Portland has a housing crisis...

    Who in the West does not have a housing crisis?