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Assistance programs Salt Lake City and County.

Find where to apply in Salt Lake County for financial help to pay bills or free items. There are many resources, ranging from housing programs (to help with rent, mortgages, or utilities) to free food pantries and healthcare clinics. There social services, including emergency financial assistance, may be available at a local charity or government office in Salt Lake City. Or find senior care programs, resources for the disabled and more.

Whether it is free food from a church, a piece of clothing, or even gasoline vouchers or prescription drugs, help is available in Salt Lake. There are even ways how to get free money, using rebates, smartphone apps, government grant programs and other tools.

Find financial help with paying bills and expenses in the Salt Lake area

People who are struggling can get help with their bills and expenses from local organizations, including the Utah Community Action (which was renamed from the Salt Lake Community Action Program (SLCAP)). They are a not for profit organization that offers local residents a wide range of services and they have a goal of helping low-income families as well as individuals make it thru short term hardships. The financial assistance is combined with long term advice to help clients become self-sufficient over the long term.

They have created numerous programs that will empower low-income people, provide them with short term relief, and they focus on creating solutions to their long term problems. Some of the aid offered includes:

  • Food aid. If in need, each member of a family can be provided with a three-day supply of food to to 6 times per year, however if there are emergencies situations this rule can be altered.
  • Weatherization. This program will make minor repairs and updates to homes in order to make them more energy efficient. People can save hundreds of dollars per year on their energy bills. Some of the work that can be performed includes adding extra wall, attic, perimeter, and wall insulation, furnace cleaning and air sealing and furnace tuning for greater efficiency.
  • Housing Outreach Rental Program (HORP). This program provides a variety of housing assistance. Support services offered include a one-time payments for rent or mortgage if a family is about to be evicted, relocation assistance is someone loses their home or apartment, help with energy bills and other rental assistance. Find additional ways how to get mortgage help.




  • Home Energy Assistance Target Program (HEAT). Helps low and moderate income households with paying for their heating and utility bills.Rent eviction and homelessness-prevention programs. The Community Action Program is offering funds to help individuals and families pay for short term rent.
  • Housing assistance is extensive. This includes Tenant Based Rental which may have loans for paying rent, emergency assistance, landlord tenant mediation, transitional housing units and more. Staff from the community action agency want to prevent evictions in Salt Lake County.

The list above is just a sampling of the programs offered by the Salt Lake Community Action Program. Contact them at 764 S 200 West Salt Lake City to learn more, or apply for help. Or another address and number is 1307 South 900 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84104. This telephone number is (801) 977-1122. Click more details on financial help from Salt Lake Community Action Program.

Clothing, rent assistance, utility bills and other financial aid

St. Vincent de Paul Resource Center, which is located at 437 W. 200 South (and the phone number is (801) 363-7710) is another place that people can turn to for help. They offer a wide variety of assistance, as funding allows. They will help Salt Lake residents pay rent, provide free clothing, household products such as diapers and toilet paper, and other items.

However the main program available may be from the Dining Room, which offers hot meals year round. Funding is usually limited to a few thousands dollars per month, and the need for aid is great. So contact them as soon as possible if you need help. More on Salt Lake County St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Crossroads Urban Center offers programs that can help Salt Lake residents who are facing an immediate crisis. Among other programs, they can provide emergency food, clothing and essentials, and advocacy. Also receive free legal help from the Free Worker Justice Clinic. Call the center at 801-364-7765 for aid, or find details on Crossroads Urban Center assistance programs.

One program known as Salt Lake County Heat Program offers assistance for utility and heating bill payment assistance. Two programs they offer do the following. One will helps low to moderate income households in the area pay a portion of their winter utility bill and/or offer emergency utility bill assistance to prevent shut-off of their service. Another program administers the Utility Moratorium Assistance Program that will help prevent winter utility shut-off between November 15 and March 15 of each and every winter. Dial 801-521-6107.





Housing Authority Of The County Of Salt Lake - This non-profit agency runs the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program that offers clients of the agency the opportunity to find housing of their choice anywhere in the Salt Lake Utah Valley Area, at a reduced rate. There are income based apartments and homes in Salt Lake. Call  (801) 284-4400

Salt Lake City, Utah Homeless Prevention and Rent Assistance is available from Workforce Services. The program is provided from the federal government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Fund. the agency provides a variety of housing assistance, including rent help, access to homeless shelters, funds for security deposits, grants to pay for moving costs, and other short term emergency financial aid. There is also support for tenants, the homeless as well as homeowners. Call the non-profit agency at (866) 435-7414 extension 3.

Catholic Charities of Salt Lake - This is the local center of the national non-profit charity organization. An extensive number of services are offered for low income individuals and families, regardless of their religion. The primary resource is known as Emergency Assistance, and this service can provide money for paying rent, providing food, groceries, and more. Many other basic needs can be addressed, including help for paying heating and cooling bills. Some of the specialty type programs in Salt Lake Utah include refugee programs, free meals, and self-sufficiency type programs. Click here for information, including the address and phone number of Catholic Charities in Salt Lake City.

Department of Workforce Services if Salt Lake City, Eligibility Services Division offers both financial aid and employment assistance. The goal is to assist residents and help them improve their economic opportunities. Receive job search assistance, occupational counseling, workshops, and connections to educational opportunities. Other assistance includes Food Stamps, financial assistance, child care, and eligibility to CHIP, Medicaid, UPP, and PCN. (801) 526-0950.

Weigand Homeless Day Center can address housing issues, provide shelter, and offer other support. Get information on government aid as well as such as section 8 vouchers. 437 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101, call (801) 363-7710.

Public benefits - There are several different resources in Utah and the county. The very low income, elderly, and others can look into programs such as SNAP food stamps, first time home buying loans, energy bill assistance, or low income housing. While the state and federal government fund many of these programs each year, there may be some aid for the poor or unemployed. Read more public assistance Salk Lake County.

Free holiday assistance, which ranges from meals to free toys, is available in the county. There are programs that operate during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they can assist low income families, children, and the elderly in the area. Find details on Salt Lake free holiday programs.

Salt Lake emergency homeless prevention programs help homeowners, tenants, and the chronically homeless. When qualified for support, the client may be given financial help along with ongoing case management.

Resources are administered by non-profits and the money to pay for eviction assistance comes from HUD. Everything from water bills to rent or job placement needs (such as transportation) may be arranged. Click here homeless prevention and rehousing Salt Lake City and County.





The Salvation Army has several locations in Salt Lake County. Most of the financial aid and free basic needs are met by the Family Service program. This can include resources such as food, eyeglasses, emergency rent and utility bill help and more. The non-profit also runs the primary energy bill program in Utah, and the Salvation Army partners with the Red Cross on this.

Additional services offered by the Salvation Army include free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, toys and gifts for children, and senior companionship. There are also free back to school supply programs for students from K to 12. Case managers also provide social services such as job training, referrals, and other support. More on the Salvation Army assistance in Salt Lake County.

The Road Home administers housing resources. The non-profit is involved in running two separate shelters in Salt Lake County. In addition to those, the organization can place residents into transitional housing and then eventually permanent units. Throughout this process people facing eviction or the homeless may receive funds for paying security deposits or first months rent. Read more Road Home.

Non-financial aid, free furniture, clothes and school items in Salt Lake such as clothing and household supplies may be available for income qualified families. The places that provide this assistance include clothing closets, thrift stores, and certain religious organizations. While resources will vary, the centers may have free clothes, winter coats, school supplies, furniture, and Christmas assistance. Find free clothing closets, furniture or school supplies in Salt Lake.

Rental, deposit and housing assistance - When facing an eviction or struggling, there are homeless prevention programs and grants available. As part of the process in apply for emergency funds or a loan for rent, the organization will often require the applicant to go through case management. Many other charities, non-profits, and government programs offer rent help in Salt Lake City. Call numerous places to get information or support.

Salt Lake County resources and programs that are available statewide

The following financial assistance programs are offered across Utah. They can help all Salt Lake City and County residents with needs such as rent, housing, foreclosure, and health care. The programs include:

In addition to the statewide resources above, there are national financial assistance programs as well. This includes cash grants, LIHEAP for paying heating bills, free daycare vouchers and other low income resources. The website has these throughout it. Or find free LIHEAP grants for paying energy bills.







Debt and credit repair assistance

Thousands of people across the area are struggling with credit card debt, making their mortgage payments, and medical debts. The AAA Fair Credit Foundation (800-351-4195) can provide free advice. Some of the programs they administer include:

  • Housing counseling - Counselors will help Salt Lake City homeowners keep their home and stop or prevent a foreclosure. They will walk people through the loan modification process and help them find other solutions.
  • Debt help - Receive advice on how to deal with credit card bills and debts, medical expenses, and debt collectors. They provide budgeting skills and a debt management plan. Learn more on help with credit card debts.
  • Financial Counseling - Receive free tips, advice, and ways to improve your finances.

In addition to the credit foundation mentioned above, Utah State University Extension offers debt and credit card help. They will assist families and individuals with saving and building wealth, help them eliminate debts, and do whatever they can to assist people who wish to pay down debt, get help with bills, build an emergency fund, afford a home, prevent a foreclosure, save for an education, investments, or retirement to improve their standard of living. 435.797.1000.

Free health care for low income and uninsured in Salt Lake

Community Health Centers, Inc. does its part to address the nation’s health care crisis. The center provides very affordable, attentive and high-quality primary health care services, dental assistance, mental health and pharmaceutical services. The CHC clinic is one of the primary safety net providers of primary health care to Salt Lake County's uninsured, low-income families, and thousands of people are assisted every year. Dial (801) 539-8617 for an appointment.

Another clinic to turn to is Utah Partners for Health. They provide access to medical services and health care for people in need. They understand the importance of a healthy community and have crafted a medical assistance program that offers full access to primary care services for the uninsured, underinsured, and people who lack coverage or the ability to pay for medical or hospital bills. You can dial (801) 417-0131 to learn more or to make an appointment.

Other community clinics include Ellis R. Shipp Public Health Center (West Valley City (801) 963-7335), Salt Lake City Public Health Center (dial (801) 534-4666) as well as Health Clinics of Utah ((801) 468-0354). Intermountain Neighborhood Clinic ((801) 977-0502) serves patients in only a few limited zip codes in the area. But they also provide health and medical care.





Midvale Family Health Clinic serves low income and uninsured. Get checkups and even limited dental exams. (801) 561-2211. Also, click here to find out how to get free or low cost medications in Salt Lake. Or you can locate additional government qualified health centers or clinics.

There are many community health centers in the city as well as county. Physicals, check ups, immunizations, STD tests and more assistance is offered. Find more Salt Lake County free community clinics.

Salt Lake Foreclosure prevention and counseling

All of the following non-profits can help Salt Lake homeowners either avoid or stop a foreclosure. They offer numerous programs, and they are all HUD approved agencies. Some even offer services such as first time homebuyer programs, low interest loans, and more. NeighborWorks Salt Lake ((801) 539-1590), AAA Fair Credit Foundation (801-483-0999), and the Utah State University Extension Service - Salt Lake County Office (801-468-3170). Click here for additional programs and resources, such as the Hope for Homeowners mortgage program.

Another Salt Lake City based housing agency is Community Development Corporation Of Utah. They provide housing rehabilitation, down payment assistance, as well as foreclosure prevention counseling. Phone 801-994-7222.

Legal advocacy and assistance

Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit law organization that promotes stability, safety, and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals across Salt Lake County. Receive access to lawyers for foreclosure prevention assistance, they can represent you in dealing with utility disconnections, landlord/tenant issues, and other civic advice. Dial (801) 328-8849 to speak to a legal professional.

Affordable day care and child support

Low income families can get access to high quality, low priced day care from Neighborhood House Association. They will charge parents based upon their ability to pay. (801) 363-4589.





Free food or meals in Salt Lake County area

If you need help feeding your family, need groceries or fresh food, or just some advise and support, the following groups and organizations may be able to help. Both free food banks as well as soup kitchens are offered. Contact them to learn more.

  • Bible Baptist Church is located in West Valley City but services the entire county.
  • House of Prayer is located in Salt Lake City. Phone 801-364-2335.
  • Magna Neighborhood Center - Dial 801-250-6414.
  • Salt Lake City Mission - This charity/non-profit serves counties around the area as well. Call them at 801-355-6310.
  • St. Andrews Food Pantry - 801-984-7500

Click here for additional food distribution centers in Salt Lake region. There are free food pantries in meal services in Salt Lake County.

By Jon McNamara

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