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Utah County assistance programs.

Find where to apply for financial help for bills, free items such as food or school supplies, or case management in Utah County and Provo. There are churches, charities, and public aid from Utah Department of Workforce Services as well as DCFS. Low income, struggling, and/or unemployed families can get mortgage help, grants, homeless prevention and so much more.

A major focus is also on heating and energy bill help, and this is where LIHEAP grant applications can assist. Charities in Provo also offer seasonal help, including free back to school supplies or Christmas toys. A major focus is also on employment, including retraining, budgeting advice, and general financial literacy. Find details on all these services below.

Locate resources, services, and programs in the Provo and Utah County area

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.

  • Mortgage default counseling is offered by Community Action Services and Food Bank. 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:
    • One on one counseling services to assess and address the hardship
    • They will help the family or individual establish a course of action to solve the problem or address the need they may have
    • They will promote solid alternatives to filing a foreclosure within HUD guidelines
    • They can also provide access to additional resources that are available with extenuating guidelines for financial assistance to help resolve the persons housing issues.
    • Find additional ways to get mortgage help.

 

 

 

  • Heating and utility bill assistance is arranged by community action. 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. Learn more on LIHEAP applications near you.
     
  • A free food bank helps battle customers. 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.
     
  • Community Action Services and Food Bank financial assistance and grants help with bills. 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:
    • Monthly rent, such as a portion of the security deposit or a portion of the first month’s rent can be paid by a grant.
    • Utility deposit, or funds can be provided to prevent a utility shut off or service from being disconnected.

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.

 

 

 

 

Help with rent, energy bills, mortgage, food, and other expenses

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:

  • Emergency financial assistance for paying bills and expenses. Access housing including mortgage, rent, security deposits, emergency shelter, and utility bill help.
  • HUD counseling - including foreclosure prevention and home buying
  • Heating bill help from Home Energy Assistance Target program (HEAT)
  • Crisis assistance and problem solving for individuals and families facing emergencies.
  • Job finding assistance from employment counseling and referral
  • Food assistance from a food bank

Housing Authority of Utah County (phone (801) 373-8333) offers rental subsidy assistance, information on HUS services as well as free Weatherization assistance. There are also low cost 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 on rent assistance in Provo and Utah County.

Free clothing centers, furniture 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.

Provo DCFS (location is 150 E Center St, Provo, UT 84606, call (801) 374-7005) and Utah Department of Workforce Services (address is 1550 Freedom Blvd 200 W, Provo, UT 84604, call (866) 435-7414) both offer public aid. There are state of Utah as well as federal government programs. Very low income families can apply for resources including SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers; there are free daycare vouchers or LIHEAP; Medicaid and Medicare health insurance applications and more.

Any public aid is combined with job programs. As they are temporary by nature, including cash aid. Find a comprehensive list of free financial help from the government.

 

 

 

 

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.

Salvation Army - The main resource available is a Community Thrift Store. This will sell low cost items, ranging from clothes to school supplies, furniture, appliances, or Christmas gifts. However the Utah County charity can also provide referrals, or possible one time support, for other needs.

Clients of the Salvation Army may learn about the following. They can be directed to cold weather shelters, food pantries, or places that offer financial aid. This may even include vouchers for gasoline or prescription drugs among other services. So many resources are available, and more on the Provo Salvation Army.

Mortgage assistance programs and foreclosure counseling

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 on Homeowner Affordability Plan.

Food pantry and free distribution centers in Utah County and Provo

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 free 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

Debt and credit counseling

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. The non-profits also help with any bills, including Credit repair and debt counseling. Learn more on debt counseling, including credit counseling agencies. Click here on Consumer Credit Counseling Services.

A non-traditional service arranged in Utah County and nationwide is called free debt settlement, which is a negotiated plan between creditors and third parties. It can eliminate a wide range of debts and bills, including credit card, medical, auto loans and more. Find help from debt settlement programs.

 

 

 

 

Free community clinics

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.

  • Community Health Connect - 801-818-3015. Offers medical and dental assistance, and outreach services.
  • Hope Clinic - 801-568-6700. Helps patients who are at poverty level.
  • Intermountain Dixon Health Center - Phone 801-357-5757. This community clinic offers basic medical and health care care, immunizations, pediatrics, women's care (no OB), and care for chronic illness (i.e. diabetes and asthma).
  • Volunteer Care Clinic - 801-812-8094. Offers health care and assistance with prescription medications.
  • Click here for additional free health and dental centers in Utah County.

 

By Jon McNamara

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