Beginning in 2014 the City of Ogden dedicated $1 million per year for five years to address the housing needs in this area. There are 6,438 housing unites with 32% owner-occupied, 55% renter-occupied and 14% other (vacant, for sale or for rent). A total of 49% of the homes were built before 1940. The Housing committee is seeking to address and advocate for all East Central community members and to do such has broken out into four subcommittees: housing advocacy, substandard housing improvement, marketing and education, and innovative projects facilitation. Each area address a need in the community and together they have already had success by providing a housing needs assessment plan, a strategy to support the intergenerational poverty families initiative, and establishing future collaborations to promote diversity and identify potential development.
To view a comprehensive housing needs assessment for the East Central neighborhood, click here.
Housing Assistance in East Central Ogden
As part of OgdenCAN's housing initiative, we are constantly working to provide resources for East Central and other Weber County residents to find housing-supported programs as well as property management companies that can help residents or future residents find all resources available to meet housing needs.
The first link below provides a complete list of Weber County properties that participate in one of the four main federal subsidized housing program. It also lists the subsidized housing vouchers offered by both Ogden Housing Authority and Weber Housing Authority. Contact information for the housing authorities and descriptions of the four main subsized housing program are provided below the links. The second link below contains a list of some of the major property management companies that offer rentals in Weber County.
Government-Supported Housing Programs and Properties in Weber County
Housing Authorities in Weber County
Ogden Housing Authority
1100 Grant Ave
Ogden, UT 84401
Weber Housing Authority
237 26th St. E220
Ogden, UT 84401
Types of Housing Subsidies
There are several types of housing subsidies for low-income renters in Utah. The most common subsidies are:
· Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers
· Public Housing (Section 8)
· HUD Subsidized Project Based Housing (Section 8)
· Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)
Section 8 Vouchers
The Housing Choice Voucher, or Section 8 voucher program, allows tenants to take a voucher to a private landlord to secure low-income housing on the private market. Voucher tenants pay 30-40% of their income to rent and the housing authority pays the difference, up to a specific payment standard, directly to the landlord. Tenants are eligible for Section 8 vouchers if their income is 50% of area median income or below, although preference is given to households at 30% of area median income or below.
In Weber County, both Ogden Housing Authority and Weber Housing Authority provide Section 8 vouchers. Vouchers from either housing authority can be used anywhere in Weber County. There is typically a wait list, and wait times can vary from several months to five years or more depending on the housing authority and the specific program. The housing authorities can provide additional information on current wait times. Applications can be found online at the housing authority websites or hard copies can be obtained at their offices.
HUD Subsidized Project-Based Housing
Housing and Urban Development, or HUD housing, is also known as project based Section 8. HUD housing is multifamily complexes that are privately owned and subsidized by the federal government. Tenants pay 30-40% of their income in rent, and HUD pays the difference. HUD housing is available to people with incomes at or below 30% or 50% of the area median income, and some buildings are reserved specifically for elderly or disabled renters or people who are currently without a permanent address who are seeking housing. Generally, private owners hire companies to manage the properties. HUD inspections occur regularly to ensure housing quality, and tenant income must be certified annually.
There are many private providers of Section 8 project-based housing in Weber County. The largest of these providers is Kier Corporation https://www.kiermanagement.com/. However, as seen in the subsidized property list (linked above) there are many other providers besides Kier. These other properties all have separate applications and wait lists. Contact the properties individually for applications and information on wait list times.
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is the largest federal housing subsidy program in the US. It provides housing for low- to moderate-income renters in exchange for tax credits for the developers. Income requirements vary by the property, but in general, household income cannot exceed 80% of area median income. In contrast to the Section 8 programs, rent at LIHTC properties is not calculated as a percentage of the tenant’s income. Instead, tenants pay a fixed rent amount that is set below the market rate for similar units. LIHTC properties may or may not maintain waitlists. Individual buildings maintain separate wait lists and wait times vary depending on the building and the area. Contact the properties individually for applications and information on wait list times.
Our housing initiative is designed to remove barriers, create opportunities, and align all available resources. The East Central Neighborhood is an inclusive and desirable place to live, and all residents should have a place to call home.
Length of Residency Increase the length of residency in the East Central Neighborhood.
Funding Projects Identify and prioritize feasible and fundable projects.
Resource Development Create, identify and develop resource development opportunities that are sustainable.
Asset-based Branding Further develop asset-based branding focused on the East Central Neighborhood through story sharing.
OgdenCAN Housing Committees
Focused on addressing housing gaps
Substandard Housing Improvement
Focused on addressing substandard housing conditions
Marketing and Education
Focused on creating pride of place
Innovation Projects Facilitation
Focused on enhancing the vibrancy and sustainability of the neighborhood
Jennifer Bodine, Housing Co-Chair
Weber State University
Michela Harris, Housing Co-Chair
Weber-Morgan Health Department
Environmental Health Director