Housing Authority director gives update to county
‘Historically short’ waiting lists at one lower-income apartment complex; 36 units planned for new senior citizen housing
by John Hales
The Times-Independent
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A $7-million affordable-housing apartment complex for seniors is being planned in this area, viewed looking northeast from an access road between Moab Regional Hospital and the Grand Center.       Photo by John Hales
A $7-million affordable-housing apartment complex for seniors is being planned in this area, viewed looking northeast from an access road between Moab Regional Hospital and the Grand Center. Photo by John Hales
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For people who have let the affordable-housing shortage discourage them from looking for a home, now may be the time to start looking again. Ben Riley, director of the Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah says there are a number of housing opportunities in the works, and that at one affordable-housing apartment complex, “The waiting list is historically short.”

Riley updated the Grand County Council on housing efforts with a report on Tuesday, Jan. 16. At the Virginian Apartments, the waiting list is four to six months for one-bedroom apartments, and two to three months for two-bedroom apartments.

“We usually have a one-year waiting list,” and even that’s considered pretty short, Riley said.

The number of people on the list measures the wait time at another apartment complex, Cinema Court: 19 for a one-bedroom, 29 for a two-bedroom and 15 for three-bedroom units.

Riley encouraged people to apply for Section 8 housing, which subsidizes rent for low-income residents. The waiting period is about a year. The HASU, Riley said, is “continuing our planning and development of a 33-unit subdivision located behind the KOA in Spanish Valley.”

Called Wingate Village, the development is anticipated to have a mix of 22 town homes and 11 single-family houses.

For senior citizens, HASU has arranged financing for a 36-unit apartment complex for people 55 and older on property being granted by the Canyonlands Health Care Special Service District north of Moab Regional Hospital.

The project is budgeted at $7 million, though about $5.5 million of that will be financed through federal low-income housing tax credits.

Riley said he anticipated construction would begin in the fall.


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