Yesterday was the last day of Utah's 45 day 2019 legislative session. Throughout the session, various of bills were considered covering topics such as hate crimes, Medicaid expansion, gun control, education, and affordable housing. Here are some highlights:
- Housing: SB34 would have given a one-time $20 million appropriation and $4 million yearly thereafter into the state’s Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund. This bill passed only when the fiscal note was changed to $0. SB34 will still encourage more cities to pave the way for affordable housing in their communities by leveraging their eligibility for about $700 million in state transportation funds. Another housing bill, HB386, which would have allocated $20 million for affordable housing preservation, failed in a Senate committee.
- Education: The passage of HB260 will give $2 million for an initiative to cover low-income students' tuition and fees not covered by financial aid. The legislature also passed a budget that gives more than $280 million to public education.
- Medicaid Expansion: Early in the session SB96 was passed, making adjustments to full Medicaid expansion. A “bridge plan” will start on April 1st to cover people with incomes up to 100% of the FPL with the federal government paying a 70/30 share of the costs. Two stopgap measures will protect Medicaid expansion should the federal government fail to grant Utah the necessary waivers.
- Families: HB47 passed which will create greater efficiencies and resource sharing among Utah agencies and services.
Thank you to all our elected representatives for thoughtful policy and debate, and for listening to constituents! We'll see you in May for Interim Session!
One month left in tax season! There are VITA sites across the state that can assist free of charge and help connect you to the credits you've earned. VITA saves clients filing fees, so they can put more of their refund towards what they need the most. That extra boost in income really makes a difference for workers! Check out some stories from VITA sites in our Uintah Basin Region:
"VITA not charging a fee has saved me $125 just in filing charges. Lauren also helped me save $680. With the $800 in savings, I can put it towards my enormous debt that was acquired while raising my children as a single parent."
“With my return from last year I was able to remove debt and bring my credit score up 100 points in one year. I will be able to buy my first home this year. I used a portion of my taxes to help me and my two kids live while I attend school.”
“I earned it, now I can keep it, and save some. VITA has helped me today and everyday just by coming back and being here in Duchesne.”
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Save the Date!
Each year CAP Utah holds an Annual Poverty Conference, connecting service providers with necessary training. This year, CAP will combine our conference with Utah 2-1-1 to host "2-1-1 Talks" - a summit for those in the helping profession.
The first annual summit is designed to inform, connect, and empower professionals and volunteers who work tirelessly to meet the needs of others. The daylong event will feature breakout sessions covering an array of topics, from the evolution of social services and self care when helping others, to navigating 2-1-1 tools and the challenges of social services systems. The conference will have specific tracks for low-income service providers for those in our network, and our partners throughout the state.
When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Salt Lake City Community College - Miller Campus (9750 S 300 W)
Ticket info: $35 Individual Ticket (Early Bird Pricing until April 1), $45 Individual Ticket (After April 1)
*RSVP by June 19*
CSBG Roundtable Discussion
There will be two roundtable discussions this month concerning the CSBG state plan. This will be helpful for all those working with the Community Service Block Grant.
Tuesday, March 26th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Hosted by Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership, 3159 Grant Ave, Ogden, UT 84401
GoTo Meeting link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/542328317
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 542-328-317
Friday, March 29th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Hosted by Southeastern Utah Association of Local Government, 375 S Carbon Ave, Price, UT 84501
GoTo Meeting link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/574518277
You can also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (646) 749-3112 Access Code: 574-518-277
Third Sun is offering a pro-bono sponsorship valued at up to $10,000 toward a project that will address an organization’s branding and website design and platform. The project will include consultation, training, and support to the organization’s staff throughout the project and for one year from completion.
Deadline: April 30th
Union Pacific prioritizes funding for direct services and efforts that build the capacity of organizations focused on the following causes within their local operating communities: safety, workforce development, community spaces.
Deadline: May 31st
AARP invites you to submit applications for quick-action projects that can help your community become more livable. Grants will be provided to projects that improve housing, transportation, public space, smart cities, and other community elements. All projects must be completed by November 4, 2019
Deadline: April 17th
The Utah Medical Association Foundation issues financial grants for projects to improve or support education of physicians and nurses; to improve facilities and treatment options; to support public health projects that serve to mitigate or prevent disease – all specifically for the benefit of the citizens of Utah.
Deadline: April 15th & October 15th
Free Grant Writing Workshop
HUD’s Salt Lake Field Office and the Faith and Opportunity Initiative Office, is offering a two-day grant writing and program development workshop. Attendees will leave with an understanding of grant applications, how to craft a more competitive application and how to use an evaluation strategy to chart success. Topics include common factors in grant proposals, program evaluation, tracking success, logic models and how/where to find funding.
Salt Lake City April 9 - April 10 Salt Lake City Main Library
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