Lack of Affordable Housing in Utah
Did you know?
- 5,600 renter households have incomes below 50% AMI. And of these, most are very low & extremely low income renter households
- The number of income qualified renters for the 25% AMI band is 1,800
- The median gross rent in Washington County is $928
- 3,000 renter households have severe cost burdens and are paying more than 50% of their income for rent and utilities
This data demonstrates the lack of supply of affordable rental housing in Washington County
What is the Solution?
55 unit, 56,523 sq ft area for RiverWalk Village
- 8 units with Project-based vouchers- Call St. George Housing Authority @ 435.628.3648
- 34 affordable units for individuals and families
- Rents between 45% & 50% of AMI
- 13 Market rate units
4,500 sq ft is set aside for common space, classrooms, management and operations
Housing Grant Program
Switchpoint has state and federal grants that allow us to help individuals and families that meet the qualifications with temporary housing payment assistance.
We have watched the rental prices in Washington County jump over 60% since 2015 and many families are struggling to find places to rent due to the .01% vacancy rate. Affordable housing is needed in our County to assist families and individuals who are considered the “working poor” (they have jobs but can’t afford housing).
Did You Know?
The rental housing industry estimates 30% of a households gross income should be used to pay rent and utilities. This has become an income standard to determine whether or not a prospective tenant can afford rent and be approved to live in a particular property.
According to the industry standard rental cost index:
If you work full time at $8.00 per hour, your monthly rental payments should be $416.00
If you work full time at $10.00 per hour, your monthly rental payments should be $520.00
If you work full time at $12.00 per hour, your monthly rental payments should be $624.00
“About a year ago my family and I were put in a position where we became homeless. We had heard about Switchpoint from a friend of ours so we thought, what the heck, let’s see if they can do anything for us. I will tell you it was the BEST decision we had made. The people at Switchpoint didn’t pass judgement on us, they understood our situation and did what they could to assist in getting my family off the streets and into a home. We have had struggles throughout this last year due to health issues and our housing case manager has been so apt to helping even with that. They are very caring and willing to help those in need. If families are misplaced due to unforeseen circumstances, I would highly recommend contacting Switchpoint to see what they can do to assist.”– Meredith R.
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