Low-income advocates frustrated by empty homes

Low-income advocates frustrated by empty homes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Low-income advocates are frustrated that 25 Salt Lake City Housing Authority properties have been sitting empty for about a year.

The housing authority has been trying to sell the properties but the process has been tied up in bureaucratic maneuverings. Proceeds from the sale are supposed to provide additional Section 8 vouchers to help low-income residents -- including those evicted because of the sales -- with rent payments elsewhere.

But critics question leaving the homes empty at a time when Utah is struggling with high rates of homelessness and struggling families. Tim Funk, with the Crossroads Urban Center, a nonprofit that helps low-income Utahns, says the sale of housing authority properties is making an already difficult situation worse for those involved.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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