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Assistance programs Salt Lake City and County.

Find where to apply in Salt Lake County or City for financial help to pay bills or free items. There are many resources, ranging from housing programs (to help with rent, mortgages, or a utility bill) to free food pantries and healthcare clinics. There social services, including emergency financial assistance, will 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 make extra money or gain new skills, including from job placement programs, career counseling services and similar resources.

Emergency assistance from Community Action in Salt Lake

People who are struggling can get help with their bills from local organizations, including the Utah Community Action (which was renamed from the Salt Lake Community Action Program (SLCAP)). They are a non- profit organization that offers local residents a wide range of services. Get everything from free grant money to job placement, housing resources, free groceries and more. The non-profit also has a goal of helping low-income families or people with no money 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 financial aid offered includes:

  • Free food assistance aid. If in need, each member of a family can be provided with a multiple day supply of food several times per year, however if there are emergencies situations this rule can be altered. Free groceries, personal hygiene supplies and other stuff is offered from the Community Action group.
     
  • Weatherization. This program will make minor repairs and updates to homes in order to make them more energy efficient. Low income people in Salk Lake County 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 support. 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. This LIHEAP equivalent offers 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.
     
  • Rent eviction and homelessness-prevention programs. The Community Action Program is offering funds to help individuals and families pay for short term rent. Or get a free hotel voucher in Salk Lake County or rent deposit help. Other 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.
     
  • Long term stability, including job placement and budgeting tools. People with a GED, seniors reentering the workforce and others in need can get information on making more money or increasing their income. They even direct clients to ways how to get free money.

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) 359-2444. Click more details on financial help from Salt Lake Community Action Program.

Find financial help with paying bills, free food, housing and more in the Salt Lake area

St. Vincent de Paul Resource Center, which is located at 437 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (and the phone number is (801) 363-7710) is another place that people can turn to for help. They offer a wide variety of immediate financial 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 including during Christmas and Thanksgiving. 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.

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

Crossroads Urban Center offers programs that can help Salt Lake residents who are facing an immediate crisis. Among other programs, they can provide free emergency food, clothing and essentials, and advocacy. Also receive free legal help from the Free Worker Justice Clinic. The address is 347 S 400 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Call the center at 801-364-7765 for aid, or find details on Crossroads Urban Center assistance programs.

Housing Authority Of The County Of Salt Lake - This non-profit agency runs the Section 8 Housing Voucher Progra. It is funded by HUD. The non-profit  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 annual ESG grant process. It is part of 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, or free grants to pay for moving costs. There is also other short term emergency financial aid, including for single moms, the unemployed and veterans. 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 social services are offered for low income individuals and families, immigrants and others regardless of their religion.

The primary resource is known as Emergency Assistance, and this service can provide money for paying rent, providing food today, groceries, and more. Many other basic needs can be addressed, including help for paying heating and cooling bills. Or get free clothes, winter coats or a gas card for work in Salt Lake. 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 in 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 free job search assistance, occupational counseling, or access to workshops, and connections to educational opportunities. Other assistance includes applications to SNAP Food Stamps, financial assistance, child care, cash assistance and eligibility to CHIP, Medicaid, UPP, and PCN. (801) 526-0950.

  • Public benefits - There are several different other 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 Christmas 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 help and free basic needs are met by the Family Service program. This can include resources such as free 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. Or shop at the bargain thrift store or access substance abuse counseling. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free food or meals in Salt Lake County

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. There are free boxes of groceries, baby formula items, personal hygiene stuff and more. 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. Call (801) 964-2888
  • Salt Lake City Mission - This charity/non-profit serves counties around the area as well. Call them at 801-355-6310. The address is 1151 S Redwood Rd #106, Salt Lake City, UT 84104.
  • St. Andrews Church Food Pantry - A free food pantry, holiday meals,. help for the homeless and other support is offered. The location is 11835 3600 W, Riverton, UT 84065. Call (801) 253-6034

Many other programs feed the poor, homeless and low-income. There are also benefits such as food stamps or WIC vouchers. Click here for additional food distribution centers in Salt Lake region. There are free food pantries and meal services in Salt Lake County.

Free debt and credit repair assistance or mortgage help

Thousands of people across the area are struggling with credit card debt or car loans. Or they need budgeting help, mortgage assistance, or help buying a home in Salk Lake.  The AAA Fair Credit Foundation (call (801) 483-0999 or 800-351-4195) can provide free advice. Some of the programs they administer include:

  • Housing counseling - Free or low-cost 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 free advice on how to deal with credit card bills and debts. Or learn about consolidation, or car loan payment assistance. Get free advice on medical expenses, and debt collectors. They provide budgeting skills, workshops 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. Get tips to save money, invest and build a future.

In addition to the credit foundation mentioned above, Utah State University Extension offers free debt and credit card help. They will assist families and individuals with saving and building wealth, help them eliminate debts. Work with a free credit counselor on rebuilding scores or to build an emergency fund, afford a home, prevent a foreclosure. Or learn how to save for an education, investments, or retirement to improve their standard of living. Dial 435.797.1000.

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. Learn about grants or home loan modifications as well as FHA home buying resources. Phone (801) 994-7222.

 

 

 

 

Free health care for low income and uninsured in Salt Lake

Community Health Centers, Inc. does its part to address the regions health care crisis. The center provides very affordable, attentive and high-quality primary health care services, dental care, 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. There are emergency dental clinics for extractions, insulin programs and other medical help. Dial (801) 539-8617 for an appointment. The address is 610 S 200 E ste b, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Another clinic to turn to is Utah Partners for Health. They provide access to medical services and health care for people in need. Patients with no money or insurance can get free care. 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. Call (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 other free community health centers in the city as well as county. Physicals, check ups, immunizations, STD tests and more assistance is offered. Or get free emergency dental, rides to a doctor office and other support. Find more Salt Lake County free community clinics.

Legal advocacy, free lawyer assistance

Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit law organization that promotes stability, safety, and self-sufficiency for low income families, seniors and individuals across Salt Lake County. There are free lawyers, attorneys and staff for consultation.

Receive access to lawyers for foreclosure prevention assistance. Or an attorney 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. There are before and after school programs well.

The center also can direct low-income families in Salk Lake to free daycare or child care assistance programs. These are government funded and can provide vouchers or grants, including to single moms. The address is 1050 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84104, or call (801) 363-4589. Find low income daycare near you.

 

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