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Homeless and eviction prevention programs in Utah.

Families that are facing an eviction or homelessness in Utah can receive emergency help with their rent from a number of federal and state government initiated programs, such as Emergency Solutions Grant. There is also assistance for the currently homeless that need help with paying a security deposit. A number of other financial resources are also available from the agencies listed below, such as short term transitional housing apartments as well as ongoing case management or free foreclosure counseling.

Non-profit agencies and charities across the state receive funding from Housing and Urban Development and the ESG program. The intent is to help both prevent future homelessness in the state and rehouse those that need a place to live.

Assistance to stop homelessness and rehouse families in Utah

Various forms of assistance are offered. Utah would ideally like to stop evictions or maybe a foreclosure from occurring in the first place, so individuals that are behind on their rent, and that meet program conditions, may qualify for an emergency grant to pay any back rent due. The state will generally only make a partial payment, and in some cases a no interest loan will be used to pay the balance of any expenses that are due.

There are many terms of the program. For example, the state will only pay a portion of any rent (or utility bill or mortgage payment) that is due. It will also require the client to attend case management with a social worker in an effort to address the root cause of the financial hardship. Also, the funds are available as the result of any annual grant process, so they are limited and resources can run out at any time. In many cases there may not be any assistance available at all.

For those income and otherwise qualified families that live in a shelter, or do not have a home at all, then rapid re-housing can help settle them into a new accommodation. Grants from ESG can help residents transition out of the homeless system. Even find low-income housing with no waiting list.

There may be help to pay a security deposit, cover moving costs, or pay for first months rent. This will reduce the level of overall homeless in the state of Utah. In addition to all of that, rapid re-housing will also ensure that emergency shelter resources across the state are used to serve families and individuals with the most urgent housing crises.

 

 

 

Additional programs in Utah for struggling tenants, homeowners, and the homeless

There are other goals of emergency solutions grant, or ESG. Not only that, but that HUD sponsored program is also combined with other resources. Examples of what else may be provided includes the following.

  • -Mediation from neutral third parties will try to help both the landlord and tenant agree to some solutions that don’t involve evictions.
  • -Loans may be used to pay for a security deposit, and this can be government backed or privately issued. Read more on loans for bad credit borrowers.
  • -Homeowners may benefit from free foreclosure counseling or other forms of support.
  • -There are other housing solutions available in Utah, such as Housing Opportunities for People with Aids, the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund, and financial assistance for veterans.
  • -In limited cases, there may be a free motel voucher available in an emergency situation.
  • -Homeowners facing homelessness due to a foreclosure may receive free advice and support as well.

The federal government will also help pay for the maintenance of homeless shelters and transitional housing units in Utah. These sites will allow the individual, or family, to have a place to stay while they gain new skills and improve any weaknesses in their financial condition. They may also be provided with basic needs, such as food, while at a shelter. Then, when the time is right and they are ready to leave, help may be offered for a security deposit or other relocation costs.

Agencies for applying to homeless programs and eviction help in Utah

The primary agencies, both a combination of community organizations and human service groups, are below. They may have referrals to this or other homeless assistance programs. Applicants will be assessed for any one time grant based on imminent need, and reassessed monthly as the case management processes progresses.

 

 

 

 

Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington County - Call the office at (435) 673-3548

Box Elder, Cache, Rich counties residents should call  (435) 752-7242.

Summit, Utah, and Wasatch - Main telephone number is (801) 373-8200. The community group will have suggestions and referrals to low income housing as well as security deposit programs and other aid.

Jaub, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne County - Phone number is (435) 896-9222

Salt Lake and Tooele County - For information on housing, grants, and eviction services, dial (801) 977-1122. Referrals may be provided.

Weber center is at (801) 399-9281

 

By Jon McNamara

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