Iron County organizations receive funding for affordable housing

Sep 13, 2022, 7:00 PM | Updated: Dec 30, 2022, 11:16 am

Photo credit: Screenshot from Iron County Care & Share Facebook page.

CEDAR CITY — Two organizations in Iron County have received a $6 million grant to generate more affordable housing in Cedar City and the surrounding areas. 

The grant is being awarded to the Iron County Care & Share and Canyon Creek Services as part of the American Rescue Plan and the Utah Office of Homeless Services.

Two Iron County organizations will partner with a third-party

The two organizations are partnering with a third-party to buy an apartment building.

“This grant helps Care and Share continue assisting underserved members of the community,” said Peggy Green, executive director of the Iron County Care & Share in a news release. “We now are able to both refer those who come to us to the housing facility. And also have better resources available to provide food and other necessities. The grant is the largest dollar amount ever invested in affordable housing in Iron County, and it will make a huge impact in our ability to help families, veterans and others who face homelessness.”

The apartment building will have 30 two-bedroom units. Ten of those units will be “deeply affordable,” according to the news release. The other 20 units will be available at market value. 

Helping those in need

This will provide housing opportunities for victims of domestic abuse. It also gives them the chance to widen their options to finding self-reliance and safety.

“Safe and independent housing is an incredible barrier for survivors who are fleeing abuse,” said Kait Sorensen, executive director for Canyon Creek Services in a news release. “The benefits from this grant allow our organization to provide even more resources and options for those at their most vulnerable. And a more sustainable option for these families to start over and build a new life.” 

The selection process was competitive with other applicants from around the state. According to the news release, Cedar City was selected for the cooperative efforts of the organizations. The long-term solutions that were outlined in the application also helped Cedar City win the grant. 

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Iron County organizations receive funding for affordable housing