'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.
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 ?
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.
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.
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
@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
Sorry!But housing is not a right!
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.
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.
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