FY 2016 Appropriation

The Division of Housing and Community Development enhances quality of life for Utah citizens through community infrastructure, affordable housing and development programs.

The Division manages a capital budget and provides administrative support and programmatic oversight to many boards and committees.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $73,093,100 from all sources for Housing and Community Development. This is a 0.4 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $2,658,300 from the General/Education Funds, a reduction of 48.2 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Appropriation Adjustments

In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:

DescriptionOngoingOne-Time Case Managers for Chronically Homeless$0$1,000,000
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0$1,000,000GFR - Homeless Account
30 additional case managers would be hired to manage caseloads associated with the 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. The case managers would provide daily support to about 20-30 clients each. Support includes coordination of services, benefit assistance, and training. This account currently receives $565,000 ongoing from the General Fund. The Governor funded this with one-time money.

Annual Reduction in the Chronically Homeless

Annual Reduction in the Chronically Homeless


Statutory authority for the Division of Housing and Community Development is provided in UCA 35A-8. The Division's responsibilities are to:

  • Assist local government develop and maintain community infrastructure;
  • Cooperate with and provide technical assistance to groups related to housing and community development;
  • Coordinate development projects with the Governor and state agencies;
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for data needed for state, local and federal development projects;
  • Study and make recommendations related to community development projects;
  • Assist in developing affordable housing and help in addressing the problems of homelessness;
  • Provide grants, loans and other forms of public assistance;
  • Assist local efforts related to community action programs, planning, development, home weatherization, energy efficiency and anti-poverty projects.

UCA 35A-8-402 establishes the procedure to establish a housing authority when either of the following conditions are present: (1) unsafe dwelling accommodations or (2) a shortage of safe and affordable dwelling accommodations.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 87

Under Section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that General Fund appropriations provided by Item 33 Chapter 13 Laws of Utah 2014 for the Department of Workforce Services' Housing and Community Development line item not lapse at the close of Fiscal Year 2015. The amount of any nonlapsing funds shall not exceed $1,000,000. The use of any nonlapsing authority is limited to general funds appropriated by the Legislature for building projects.

SB0002: Item 79

The Legislature intends that the Department of Workforce Services report on the following performance measures for the Housing and Community Development line item: (1) Ending Chronic Homelessness - offer housing to all chronically homeless individuals who want to be housed (Target = 9% reduction per year), (2) Utilities Assistance for Low-income Households - Number of eligible households assisted with home energy costs (Target = 35,000 households), and (3) Weatherization Assistance - Number of low income households assisted by installing permanent energy conservation measures in their homes (Target = 800 homes) by January 1, 2016 to the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

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