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Effective Aug. 1, tenants of rental dwellings in Provo must sign a disclosure form from a landlord agreeing to comply with occupancy and parking requirements.

“A change in the law is coming, We want you to be aware of it. Violations of the provisions discussed below can carry criminal penalties, so we want everyone to get the word on what they need to do,” the city published in a letter supposedly sent to all residents. Some had not received the notice prior to the first and largest open house has already taken place to explain the change in law.

These new papers must be kept on hand in case someone from the city requests to see it at a home based on “reasonable suspicion that there is a violation.”

According to the Pew Research Center’s analysis of Census Bureau data, more U.S. households are headed by renters than at any point since 1965.

“Certain demographic groups such as young adults, nonwhites and the lesser educated — have historically been more likely to rent than others, and rental rates have increased among these groups over the past decade,” according to a data report published in July 2017 by Pew Research authors. “However, rental rates have also increased among some groups that have traditionally been less likely rent, including whites and middle-aged adults.”

Approximately 67 percent of housing units in Utah County are owner occupied, compared to 64 percent nationally. One-third of Utah County’s householders are renters — 49,000.

In Provo, people ages 25 to 34 years old account for 16 percent of the city’s population, the second largest age group, behind 20- to 24-year-olds at 29.6 percent.

And yet, older segments of the Provo population that are significantly smaller than that of 25- to 34-year-olds are singling out millennials to solve what they claim are occupancy and parking issues.

But, levying criminal penalties — class B and class C misdemeanors typically reserved for those arrested with smaller amounts of drugs or public intoxication — for occupancy violations against these young, working professionals for living more than three people to a home is an excuse to get rid of them, not an effort to resolve parking problems or the housing dilemma.

Call it what it is.

After all, southeast Provo is hardly the only section of Provo with parking issues. The whole city is full of parking problems, including in neighborhoods of single-family homes. Who does the city think will rent these large condos and townhomes once these single professionals are forced out and unable to pay the higher rents? Multiple families in a home, with just as many cars for the parents and growing teenagers.

The city is preparing to punish those with more than three unrelated tenants in a home with misdemeanors, while simultaneously voicing more and more resistance to an increase in construction of high-density housing.

So, if the city refuses more than three unrelated renters to live in a home and won’t allow zoning and construction of more apartments and condos to fill growing needs, where are these young, single professionals supposed to go?

Based on population projections from 2016-2065, Utah County will go from 321 persons per square mile in Utah County in 2018 to double that at 648 persons per square mile in a little over 30 years. The city needs to work with developers to create more places for people to live, not force further shortages. There are unintended consequences that will take place because of this change in law. If fewer individuals live in a rental property, there will be a need for more rental properties. More single-family homes in existing neighborhoods will turn to this profitable venture to fill the economic demands.

But homeowners don’t want renters — that dirty word — living in their neighborhoods, because renters are considered and treated as less than, however false that notion is.

Provo wants single millennials out. We have witnessed the way some members of the Provo Municipal Council have spoken derogatorily about millennials, and while the rest stood by and stayed silent. Provo has been crystal clear in its message that young, single professionals are not welcome.

The interesting twist in all of this is that it is the generations before millennials have created this problem they blame on single, young professionals.

Eighty-one percent of Utah County’s growing population is completely home grown.

If longtime residents don’t want to allow high-density housing, more renters and more homes to be constructed on smaller lots, then they shouldn’t be having more children. Because this is where our growth is coming from.

We are refusing affordable housing and rentals to our own kids.

As such a large segment of the population, both in economic drivers and dwellers, it is past time for young, single professionals to unify and stand up for their needs as residents, or speak the strongest message. Speak with your money.

If Provo is insistent on discriminating against single, working professionals then this part of the workforce, these startup owners, teachers, businessmen and women should take their money they contribute to the Provo economy and move to another city that will not punish them for merely being young and unmarried and unable to obtain one of the limited 1-bedroom apartments available for $979 a month.

Startup companies should see this new change in law and refuse to base their business in the city. Other businesses should see this is an attack on their young, skilled workforce and speak out. Businesses have much to lose if this segment of the workforce leaves this area.

These skilled, young workers are not the same as drug users, and should not be punished as such. The law should change, and not to what is currently being pushed through.

Provo City Housing Authority

650 W 100 N
Provo, Utah County, Utah 84601
(801) 900-5672


Provo City Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Provo, Utah that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 30th, 2019, Provo City Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Provo City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Provo City Housing Authority serves Provo.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Provo City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Indefinitely
Public Housing Open Indefinitely

Open Provo City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Provo City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Provo City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is currently open and accepting applications.

The housing authority has a waiting list preference for person who live or work in Provo, Utah.  On the Provo City Housing Authority website they say "the number of qualified Provo resident applicants is so high that non-Provo residents will never reach the top of the waiting list."

This preference does not prohibit non-locals from applying as Federal law allows anyone from anywhere to apply to any Section 8 waiting list in the country.  However, if the number of local preference applicants on the waiting list are many, then non-local applicants will effectively never move far enough up the waiting list to receive assistance.

Though the housing authority does not publish on their website how long the waiting list is, reports from users who have spoken to housing authority staff are that the waiting list is 6 to 9 months long.

The Section 8 application is here:  http://provohousing.org/pdf/CombinedApplication2011.pdf.  The housing authority uses the same application for their public housing properties but maintains a separate HCV waiting lists.

The application will need to be printed out, completed, and mailed back or dropped off at the housing authority office at 650 West 100 North

Provo, Utah 84601.

The housing authority has an informative web page about their waiting list here: http://provohousing.org/waiting-list/.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (801)852-7080.

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Provo City Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.
This housing authority offers 108 apartment units dedicated senior/disabled individuals, and 140 apartment units for families ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms.
There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 650 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601, Monday-Thursday, between the hours of 7am and 6pm.
2. Download an application here, then print and complete.
Once the application has been completed it can be hand delivered to 650 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601, Monday-Thursday between the hours of 7am and 6pm. Be sure to have legible copies or the originals of social security cards for each family member.
No preferences were noted.
More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://provohousing.org/, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 801-900-5676, between the hours of 7am and 6pm, Monday-Thursday.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (801)852-7080.

About Provo City Housing Authority

More information about Provo City Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.provohousing.org.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/30/2019, it is not known if Provo City Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in.

About the Provo City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Provo City Housing Authority manages 884 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

  Standard Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 831 3 50
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $462 $1,220 $157
Monthly Cost $383,576 $3,660 $7,870

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Provo City Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 19% having issued approximately 46 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 15 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,906 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

35% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 61% of all households were headed by a female.

27% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Provo City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 53% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 58% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

38% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 32% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Provo City Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $331 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $556. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $82.


1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.

Public Housing Operated by Provo City Housing Authority


650 W 100 N

Apartment Communities managed by Provo City Housing Authority

Cascade Gardens

450 West 200 North
HCV Welcome