Affordable Housing Crisis Hits Home For SLC Renters

Feb 3, 2021, 10:22 PM | Updated: 11:02 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Dozens of renters in Salt Lake City found eviction notices on their doors last weekend, telling them their building had been sold and they had until the end of this month to be out.

It’s a big problem for the nearly 40 tenants because their rent has been some of the lowest available in the city.

The Annex has been a staple on South Temple for decades. Renters pay between $600 and $750 a month — far less than almost all housing in Salt Lake, and even lower than many places where rent is subsidized.

Jerry Hagen has lived at The Annex for 11 years. He got the eviction notice last weekend, on his birthday. “I opened the door and the envelope fell down and it said we’re evicted,” explains Hagen. “That’s it. They said you’ve gotta move.”

Paul Marshall has paid $600 a month for nearly five years. He wasn’t surprised to get the news.

“I could see the signs ahead of time,” said Marshall. “I could tell.”

South Temple is lined with many expensive, brand new buildings. Marshall said the writing was on the wall. Renters at the Annex now face what thousands of Salt Lake County families are dealing with: unaffordable housing.

Technically speaking, that means your rent is 50% of your income. Jim Wood has studied housing and economic development for 50 years. He said 25,000 families in the county are in that situation, one that is called a “housing crisis.”

For Hagen, he’s now facing that same scenario and he needs to figure out a plan by the end of the month. He said even subsidized housing he’s researched is nearly double what he’s been paying.

“I can’t afford $1,000 a month,” said Hagen.

Wood felt sorry for the people facing eviction, and he said it’s becoming an increasingly bigger problem as demand continues to exceed supply along the Wasatch Front.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Third District Judge Keith Kelly declined Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by transgender girls...
Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com

Judge declines to dismiss lawsuit against Utah’s transgender sports ban

Third District Judge Keith Kelly decided Wednesday that three transgender girls and their families do have the ability to pursue a lawsuit against Utah's ban on transgender girls participating in girls sports.
20 hours ago
The Davis School District is opening five resource centers for homeless students. The centers offer...
Mike Anderson

Davis School District reveals new resources for 1,300 homeless students

Five brand new centers intended to provide needed services for homeless students are opening in the Davis School District, just in time for a return to school.
20 hours ago
FILE (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for UNITAS)...
Michael Houck

Weber County father booked for uploading, possession of child porn

A Weber County man was arrested for child porn charges after being reported by a tip line on Tuesday.
20 hours ago
Dan Rascon

Utah sees spike in bicycle fatalities

According to the latest numbers from the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah has seen 11 fatalities, more than any previous year in the past decade, and there are still five months left in the year.
20 hours ago
(Shelby Lofton/KSL TV)...
Shelby Lofton

Neighbors in Washington Terrace pushing for ordinance to allow chickens

Some homeowners in Weber County are asking for a rule change regarding chickens.
20 hours ago
Salt Lake Police released body cam video of an officer-involved shooting in July. (Salt Lake City P...
Cary Schwanitz

Salt Lake police release body cam video from officer shooting of a man who set his yard on fire

New video from the Salt Lake City Police Department showed the events leading up to the shooting of a man who had set his yard on fire.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Affordable Housing Crisis Hits Home For SLC Renters