If you need short term financial assistance, as well as access to resources that can help you become self sufficient over the long term, Community Action Services and Food Bank is the local community action agency that fosters self-reliance in families, individuals, and local communities. They provide a wide variety of financial assistance and grants, as well solutions that are designed to address local needs and issues. They are located at Provo 815 South Freedom Blvd 801-373-8200, but have several offices around the area. Contact them to learn more or apply to these programs below.
Foreclosure and mortgage counseling is available to help families and individuals who are behind on their monthly mortgage payments to avoid foreclosure, or stop the foreclosure process if it has started. What they can offer includes:
The agency also manages the State Home Energy Assistance Target Program for the counties of Utah, Wasatch and Summit. They assist several thousands families each year with paying their energy bills. Clients to this program may receive a one-time cash grant payment per year on their electric and heating bills. Also, note that an Energy class is required to be taking for first time applicants to this program. This class will provide them with energy conservation education and tips to help them reduce their utility bills.
The Community Action Food Bank is the second largest food bank located anywhere in Utah. They are the sole food bank provider for Utah, Summit, and Wasatch Counties.
In total, they distribute almost 2.5 million pounds of food each and every year to thousands of local families as well as many local service organizations and charities. They operate a total of six food pantries located throughout Utah, Wasatch and Summit Counties, including in Provo. In addition, they partner with other organizations, and they provide food aid on a regular basis to more than thirty other agencies located throughout Utah.
Cash grants and other direct financial assistance is provided to eligible families in Provo and Utah County by Community Action. Several expenses and types bills can be paid, including emergency financial needs, including such bills as:
All of the resources listed above are run by the non-profit Community Action Services and Food Bank. Not only that, but the case managers can also refer qualified low income Utah County residents to other social services, ranging from SNAP food stamps to government programs and more. Find additional help from Community Action Services and Food Bank.
Community Action Services - Provo runs numerous assistance programs for qualified individuals. The agency can be contacted at 801-373-8200. The programs they offer, and financial assistance provided, includes:
Housing Authority of Utah County (phone (801) 373-8333) offers rental subsidy assistance, Weatherization assistance, and housing repairs and rehabilitation loans.
Provo American Red Cross - Offers emergency utilities assistance services, as well as programs for armed services members and their families. 865 North Freedom Boulevard, Provo, Utah 84604, call 801-373-8580
Utah County organizations that specialize in rent assistance - Families facing eviction can contact one of about ten non-profits or government programs that focus on addressing housing issues. Financial assistance is provided to help pay rent and prevent homelessness. Funds may also be provided to pay for moving costs or security deposits. Read more.
Clothing centers and basic needs are available. Very low income families may be given free items, such as clothes, school supplies or Christmas toys for their children. Applicants with a source of income can shop for items at a reduced price. Or find furniture, hygiene items, and other goods from clothing closets in Utah County.
Mountainlands is based in Orem Utah, and they run the Crisis HEAT program. This will offer cash grants for winter energy bills, heating costs, and gas expenses. Any support is generally offered at a last resort for families facing a disconnection or who need their utilities turned back on. Call (801) 229-3855.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Provo can help homeowners who are struggling with paying their mortgage or who may be facing a foreclosure. Among the programs they offer include Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, Loans, and referrals’ to such mortgage assistance programs as those offered by the federal government. Learn more.
Four of the main food distribution centers that operate in the Provo Utah area are below. However several other churches, pantries, and charities can also offer food in an emergency, or help people apply for programs such as food stamps or school lunches. In total, dozens of pantries operate in the region. Find more food pantries in Utah County.
Community Action Services - Payson 801-373-8200
Goshen Mobile Food Pantry - 435-784-3993
Grace Bible Church - 801-491-8440
Provo’s First Baptist Church Pantry - 801-374-8489
The following Provo and Utah non-profits can help people eliminate debts. AAA Fair Credit Foundation (801-483-0999) and American Credit Foundation (phone 801-208-1000). Both organizations offer debt management plans, Foreclosure intervention/home buyer education, and also Credit repair and debt counseling. Learn more on debt counseling, including credit counseling agencies. Click here.
The following health care centers can help people by providing health care, referring people to places that can, or provide other medical services. They mostly focus on the low income, unemployed, and those who lack health insurance.
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