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

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  • 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?