Utah Stories Top 5

Do you have enough money to afford a home in Utah? Utah Stories Top 5 5/20/24

On today’s top 5, we discuss housing in Utah, and it’s current affordability according to a Salt Lake Tribune article.


  1. Affordable Housing in Utah is Increasingly Out of Reach 

Utah Stories interviewed residents on NorthTemple where a Major League Baseball stadium is slated to be constructed. We discovered folks there unanimously favored affordable housing over a MLB stadium. This experiment highlighted the discrepancy between working-class residents’ needs and legislative priorities. $2 billion in tax subsidies were allocated to the stadium and only hopeful measures passed in the legislature for housing. 

In our more extensive feature story we find homeless men who can’t find jobs that pay enough to afford “deeply-affordable housing”. These case studies illustrate the dire need for actual affordable housing, which remains inaccessible to most working-class people. You can read the entire story by visiting UtahStories.com 

  1. Why Does Cox Want An ICE Facility in Utah?

According to a Utah News Dispatch, Utah Governor Spencer Cox says he would like an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) facility in Utah. According to the article, Cox thinks that transporting detained migrants to Las Vegas is creating a backlog. “We would love to have a holding facility here and we have made several offers to make that easier so there isn’t this backlog when it comes to transportation,” Cox said Thursday during his monthly PBS news conference, according to the article. “We can offer up these facilities and they’ve turned down our offers unfortunately. I think they like the problem, exacerbating the problem, and that’s deeply frustrating,” Cox continued. Go to Utah News Dispatch website to read the full article.

  1. SLC Girlies Walk Club 

SLC Girlies Walk Club was this past weekend, May 18th beginning at 9:00 a.m. If you are a girl in Salt Lake looking for a community this is an amazing opportunity. It is located at Sugar House Park. There are walks every month. Go check it out.  

  1. Anti-Zionist Bar Owner Is Facing Eviction From The Gateway 

Weathered Waves bar owner may be kicked out of The Gateway, according to The Tribune. Michael Valentine, the owner, has been under investigation since claiming “No Zionists” allowed. The investigation found no evidence of discrimination, according to The Tribune. Vestar Gateway’s complaint is due to overdue rent and lease violations. To read more go to The Tribune’s website. 

  1. Do you have enough money to afford a home in Utah? 

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, 15% of current Utah renters can afford a home that costs between $300,000 and $400,000. This is $90,000 less than the median price of homes this year. The Tribune analyzed data from the Utah Association of Realtors and found that a typical renter household can only buy a home spending less than 28% of their income in Beaver County. The solution seems to be more housing inventory. Go to the Tribune’s website to read more about the housing crisis in Utah. 

*Content for this article curated from other sources.

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