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Utah’s Federal Homelessness Assistance Trends


Utah receives annual funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) programs. The CoC Program funds regional continuums of care – Utah has three CoCs – to house people experiencing homelessness. The ESG program funds state and local governments to support shelters, and other means to help unhoused people. The following graphs demonstrate the increased federal funding Utah has received through both programs. They also demonstrate how homelessness continues to grow, particularly among certain populations.

**In 2020, the CARES Act provided supplemental funding for many federal programs, including the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, to assist communities in responding to COVID-19 and mitigating its impacts

Homeless Persons 2011-2022

*In 2021, HUD allowed communities to cancel or modify the point-in-time counts due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Consequently, HUD has excluded unsheltered population sub-totals and all unsheltered sub-population data from this reporting period.

As federal funding increases, so does the homeless and unsheltered population in Utah. While persons reporting chronic substance abuse is on the decline, persons reporting severe mental illness and those experiencing chronic homelessness are on the rise.

All data presented is sourced from US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual reporting.


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