latest nhpb_banner 1__compressed2



Search the site

Immediate Financial Assistance

Rental Assistance

Food Pantries

Utility Bill Help

Free Stuff

Work From Home Jobs

Public and Government Assistance

Disability Benefits

Section 8 Housing and Apartments

Senior Help

Free Money

Free Grants

Free Clothes

Charity Assistance

Church Assistance

Community Action Agencies

Free Job Training

Help with Medical Bills

Free Healthcare

Free Dental Clinics

Car Payment Assistance

Debt Relief

How to Save Money





Salt Lake Community Action Agency Program, now known as Utah Community Action.

The programs offered by the Utah - Salt Lake Community Action Agency Program are diverse and wide ranging. The non-profit assists thousands of residents per year with homeless prevention, food, and programs such as job training. Much of the assistance is from referrals to other agencies in Salt Lake County, but in some cases they can directly help qualified clients as well as resources allow.

Some of the main services are noted below, however the programs can change based on government funding and other conditions. Case managers work with clients on helping them remain housed, meet nutritional needs, and offer self-sufficiency services. The working poor, seniors, and disabled are some of the main clients of the Salt Lake Community Action organization.

Financial support from community action

The services of the Utah Community Action Program and their Neighborhood Centers can be used by eligible residents. There are a total of five centers in Salt Lake County and one in nearly Tooele County Utah, all of which are available for intake.

Each of these locations offers information and support. They will have emergency food pantries that provide three days of groceries  to clients in need. Program participants can receive several food orders in a period of one year. However, there are some extreme cases where this rule could be disregarded, so more can be passed out.

People who desperately need food can rely on the program as its goal is to help feed such families and individuals. No appointment is required. All participants need to apply and that may involve filling out an intake form. This will help ensure their needs are evaluated properly and their individual plan for achieving self-sufficiency could be created.

The overall goal of SLCAP is ending poverty, which is more evident than ever. Many are struggling with their bills thanks to current economic conditions and the rising cost of living in Utah. The cost of rent alone often exceeds the income of many part time workers or the amount of money received from people on SSD (Social Security Disability) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Many families and seniors need short term financial assistance, especially those who have trouble finding permanent employment. The locations of the Neighborhood Centers are here.




  • Northwest, dial 801-359-8741. The address is 1300 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, and hours are Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday from 1:00PM-4:45PM. The location Serves (zip codes): 84101, 84102, 84103, 84104, 84105, 84106, 84108, 84109, 84111, 84112, 84115, and 84116.
  • Redwood region is at 3060 South Lester Street, West Valley City. The days are Monday to Friday from 11:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00PM-4:45PM . The site serves zip codes of 84107, 84117, 84119, 84120, 84124, 84123 and 84129. Dial 801-972-6661.
  • Copperview (formerly called South County). Phone number - 801-255-3516. Address is 8446 South Harrison Street, Midvale. The center is open Monday through Thursday, Service Hours are 11:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00PM-4:45PM. the center covers zip codes of 84020, 84047, 84065, 84070, 84081, 84084, 84088, 84090, 84092, 84093, 84094, 84095, 84096, 84107 and 84121.
  • Magna. Address - 3441 South 8400 West, Magna. It is open Monday and Wednesday, from 1:00PM-4:45PM . Serves zips of 84118, 84128, and 84044. Dial 801-250-6414.
  • Grantsville address 7 South Park Street, Grantsville. Days are Monday, Thursday, & Friday. Call 435-884-4452. It covers Tooele County, and hours are 1:00PM-4:45PM .

The agency SLCAP offers classes related to homeowner issues through the Homeowner Education. All information regarding market conditions, mortgage rates, budgeting workshops, low interest loans, credit reports, home maintenance and repair, etc., are the part of these monthly classes.

If You Are First Time Home Buyer, then the sessions provide comprehensive details on the home purchase process. All attendants have an opportunity to learn how to create and use a budget, find a home, understand the types of mortgages on the market, learn what mortgage borrowers rights are, and much more.

Rent and homeless prevention from the Salt Lake Community Action Program / Utah Community Action, in cooperation with a non-profit The Road Home, provides assistance. It can come in the form of a refundable loan for rent, homeless prevention case management and housing supportive services to eligible applicants.

All applicants to this resource need to be enrolled in Public Housing, Senior Housing or Apartments, or maybe Section 8 with the Housing Authority of Salt Lake County. This is required in order to be qualified for housing assistance or a security deposit. Individuals are referred to the homeless prevention case managers in order to avoid losing their subsidized housing. Applicants receive help in applying for rental assistance. They can also get support in resolving the housing issues and stabilizing the households, which is the primary goal of the Homeless Prevention Project. This is not the only resource available. Find additional rental assistance in Salk Lake.





Those facing foreclosure or having delinquent mortgage have an opportunity to learn so much on these topics. Work with a specialist and get tips on preventing foreclosure. Other support is for finding permanent solutions to resolve a delinquency. This is provided as well as how to avoid foreclosure and rescue scams.

Eviction prevention is part of Tenant Home Maintenance Project. Low-income families who are at risk of eviction or homelessness can apply for the Tenant Home Maintenance Project and receive necessary help to solve their problems.

This program provides no cost one-to-one counseling assistance by experienced councilors. Counseling concerns are offered by staff such as housing consumer education and training; budgeting and money management, and learn about tenant rights and responsibilities. If and when needed, participants will be referred to other relevant program such as HUD counseling, Head Start, rental help from section 8, food banks, and more among others.

The Emergency Assistance Program offers funds families and individuals who are experiencing crisis that is beyond their control. It needs to effects them in paying their utility bill payments, rent, medications, or maybe security deposits. This circumstance must have made them unable to resolve the delinquency within a reasonable time, or unable to make a full payment.

Learn about Financial Management as well. Attendants of the community action workshops will receive a proper education on budgets, money management skills, how to read the credit report, identity theft and tips on recognizing fraud and scams. This category provides knowledge on credit and loans usage, sources and cost. Saving is in focus and learning to separate wants vs. needs is the right track to achieving success.

HOPWA Short-Term Housing Assistance - Short-term rent/mortgage assistance is provided to eligible clients through this program. In addition to this, emergency utility bill payments, access to longer term HOPWA rental voucher subsidies, and suitable affordable housing listings for client placement are also part of available services. The participants of the program are encouraged to look for HIV related medical care and treatment.

The HEAT program, also known as the LIHEAP Program (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) helps poor and struggling clients by ensuring financial assistance for paying utility bills. The program is active during winter months (November- April), or until funds are exhausted.

The grants from HEAT are also used throughout the rest of the year (if they are not exhausted) to help households avoid loss of utility service. The program is administered by the community action agency in partnership with the federal government and the state’s division of Housing and Community Development.

While the HEAT program is available to all income eligible Utah residents, the priority is given to elderly, senior citizens, disabled, and households with young children. These families are entitled to an additional HEAT credit benefit. Salt Lake County residents can call: 801-468-0221 or lower income Tooele County residents can call: 435-882-1278. Or read more on Utah HEAT for heating bill help.

Landlord/Tenant Mediation is also for renters. Eligible clients who are threatened by eviction can use the assistance of this this program. It will offer residents access to landlord/tenant intervention and mediation sessions. A number of free mediation services and referrals to Tenant's United and the Apartment Association of Utah are also available to clients in need of support solving a crisis. This is a collaborative effort that was roiled out in partnership with the Administrative Office of the Courts.





TBRA, or the Tenant Based Rental, provides assistance to disabled persons and their families. It is limited in scope and often has a waiting list.

All of the financial assistance, loans or maybe grants are very limited that are issued from the Tenant Based Rental Assistance program. Clients residing in Salt Lake County who are mentally ill and/or physically disabled, who are waiting to be approved for a disability income program or subsidized housing are eligible for the program. Additionally, supportive housing services for household stabilization are also included.

As noted it is limited in size. Therefore the amount of assistance provided to applicants may not exceed the difference between a rent standard for the established unit size and 30 percent of the family's monthly adjusted income.

Case management counseling component and housing supportive services are constituent part of the Salt Lake County "HOME" Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program. This provides participants with budget/money management. Also the housing supportive services include information on tenant rights and responsibilities training, tenant maintenance, and referrals to other local not for profit community resources. The overall goal of the program is help disabled and/or elderly maintain permanent housing longer.

Eligible residents of both Salt Lake and Tooele Counties in the State of Utah are entitled to use the services of weatherization that include:

All forms of insulation including floor, wall, perimeter, and attic. Weatherization may also pay for replacement of existing low efficiency furnaces or tuning or cleaning higher efficiency furnaces is available. Air sealing work, Broken windows are repaired, Compact fluorescent lights are installed, and it may even provide for the replacement of Ill-fitting doors.

The overall objective of these SLCAP services is performing improvements to homes that make the home more energy efficient. Homeowners from Salt Lane County can save an average of $300 per year in their total home energy costs. All improvements made must be determined to be cost effective by HEAT, per above.

Salt Lake job training and education services

Using federal government grants, Salt Lake Community Action Program provides help to eligible children by preparing them for kindergarten through Head Start. The program provides a developmentally appropriate education service to children and students that come from struggling, income qualified households. It tends to enhance their educational skills including, literacy, language, science, math, and social development.

One of the many goals of Head Start is on guiding families in creating and achieving the freedoms of self-sufficiency. So the service  is dedicated to promoting the empowerment of the entire family, all people and parents. Maybe the best way to achieve that is to direct those families to understanding the most effective ways they can utilize their strengths.

In addition to these resources, Head Start provides Salt Lake County Utah area residents a comprehensive program of health care as well. Eligible low-income children and their families can use the services promoting preventative medical assistance and early intervention. Moreover, insights and linkages for ongoing health and dental care achievement are also available to eligible families.







Job resources are available as well. The non-profit Utah Community Action provides assistance in finding an employment via the Readiness Program, and they can even help with work at home positions from some employers. Personalized help is provided by an Employment Specialist who assists participants to assess their skills, develop a strong resume and cover letter, train on the use of a computer, collect and organize work history, and practice interviewing.

The main objective is to teach participants of the employment resources. Get free tips on how to perform an effective job hunt through performing on-line and off-line searches. They will also get advice on networking, cold calling and registering with the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Eligible applicants can use computers for free and internet access in their search for an employment, including to seek work at home job opportunities.

How to apply for help from community action in Salt Lake County

For more information, call Utah Community Action (formerly known as ) Salt Lake Community Action Program. the main address is 1307 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104. Telephone number is (801) 977-1122.


By Jon McNamara


Additional Local Programs












Contact Us

About Us

Financial Literacy Blog

Privacy policy

Visit Facebook page

Search Site