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The Tale of Three Cities

The Tale of Three Cities
February 12, 2021

By Zach Schofield Fast rising prices and increasing in-affordability continue to characterize the housing market along the Wasatch Front. The root cause of this problem is that the stock of new houses being built isn’t able to keep pace with Utah’s fast growing population. Supply is not able to keep up with demand. With too…

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Trent Staggs: Cities must take the lead on improving housing supply and costs

Trent Staggs: Cities must take the lead on improving housing supply and costs
February 2, 2021

Utah faces a looming housing crisis. We see more new families formed each year than homes built to house them, creating the current housing gap of 50,000 more family units than home units in the state of Utah.   The Kem C. Gardner Institute indicates that the average home price in Utah will be $730,000 in just…

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Utah needs to fully implement the Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Utah needs to fully implement the Justice Reinvestment Initiative
December 14, 2020

In 2014, Utah passed landmark legislation known as the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). Its goal was twofold: stem the rising cost of housing our incarcerated population by moving low-level drug offenders from prison or jail to community supervision, and take the savings from lower incarceration and invest them into treatment programs that rehabilitate offenders, therefore…

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