Moab area

Housing Resource Guide

 

About affordable housing in the moab Area

Housing is the backbone of every community. It is important to have a mix of housing types available to households across the income spectrum. Unfortunately, the free market is unlikely to provide housing that is available to lower income households. As such, it is imperative that communities plan for the creation of affordable housing as a way to support economic diversity, public health, environmental integrity, and community pride. This website provides helpful resources for individuals with different roles in the housing arena, from buyers and renters to elected officials.

 

Affordable housing has many faces and names, but the goal is always the same: to sustainably provide as many housing options at reasonable prices to as many people as possible.  Listed below are some prominent topics related to affordable housing currently being discussed in the Moab area.

About the interlocal housing task force

 

The Interlocal Housing Task Force (IHTF) is a dedicated team of professionals from Southeast Utah working to combat housing issues in the Moab area.  The Housing Task Force meets on the first Monday of the month in the County Chambers.

 

To contact us, click here.

  • Affordable Housing

    Federal and State policies consider housing to be affordable when housing costs consume no more than 30 percent of gross annual household income; this standard particularly applies to households earning less than 80 percent of Area Median Income. Rental housing costs include rent, water, gas, and electric payments. Ownership housing costs include mortgage, taxes, insurance, water, sewer, gas, electric payments and home owner association fees.

     

    The Area Median Income (AMI) in the City of Moab is $64,300/yr for a family of four (HUD 2016).

  • assured housing

    Assured housing, also called inclusionary housing or zoning, is a policy that requires all new developments, both residential and commercial, to include some component of affordable or market-rate housing with the proposed project.  Proposals for adopting this policy are still being drafted in Grand County, but hundreds of communities in the United States have adopted assured housing land use codes.

     

    The proposed inclusionary codes in Grand County are as follows:

     

    • Any residential development creating five or more separate dwelling units must also provide 20 percent affordable housing.  For example, if a new development is creating a new subdivision of 50 new houses, it must provide an additional 10 affordable houses.
    • Any commercial evelopment that creates 10 or more full-time equivalent jobs is required to provide housing for 25 percent of their employees.  As an example, a new hotel requiring 200 new employees for operation must provide housing for at least 50 people.

     

  • workforce housing

    Workforce housing targets low-wage employees within a community.

     

    A related term, "essential housing," is used to describe housing available to a class of individuals often viewed as vital community service providers, such as police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, and others. In the Moab Area, service industry employees are also viewed as essential service providers.

     

    The City of Moab and Grand County are currently evaluating options for development workforce housing for essential seasonal and year-round employees.

  • Permanent Supportive Housing

    Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is a model that provides both housing and services for people with serious mental illnesses or other disabilities who need additional consistent support to maintain housing and live stably in their communities.  Services can include case management, substance abuse, counseling, employment and education services, advocacy, and more.  A principle aspect of these services in PSH is that they are voluntary, not mandatory, for tenants living in housing projects.

     

    PSH relies on the "Housing First" concept, meaning that housing is given rapidly to those who need it with as few preexisting requirements as possible.  The Housing First model works on two levels:

    • At the project level, PSH projects must have screening practices that promote acceptance of applicants regardless of their sobriety, level of completion of treatment, or history of mental health or homelessness.
    • On a community level, Housing First means that the community's response to homelessness is oriented to helping people get permanent housing as soon as possible with as few obstacles as possible. It is supported by evidence that individuals make the best progress when living in stable housing environments.