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Washington County Utah assistance programs.

Housing (rent, mortgage or security deposit help), utility bill assistance (water, heating, and electric) as well as case management are some of the main needs in Washington County. There are charities, churches, and government agencies below that can provide financial help. They may also give free food, help with heating system repairs, support the elderly, and offer other resources in St. George and the county.

Funds for energy bills and Weatherization programs

The local community action agency, Five County Association of Governments CAP, offers both the Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) and weatherization program.

The HEAT program is not a welfare program. Rather the program is a federally funded Energy Bill Assistance Program that is administered by the State of Utah, and it provides money for paying heating bill during the cold winter months.

The other option, weatherization, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s way to help people save on their utility and heating bills. The Weatherization Assistance program is the nation’s core program for delivering free energy efficiency and conservation services to low income households throughout the area. Some of the free improvements of the program may include replacement of broken windows, the installation of walls, attic, or floor insulation, and much more.

Call the St George and Washington County Five County Association of Governments CAP at (435) 673-3548.

Credit card help, and debt assistance programs

Call the Washington County Utah based Consumer Credit Counseling Service at 986-9223. Work with a counselor to receive budgeting advice, financial education for home buying, free debt management help, ways to deal with credit card debts, and other financial assistance. Click here to learn and read more about debt help and settlement options. Dial 986-9223.

 

 

 

 

Basic needs in Washington County

The primary charity is Saint George Catholic Church. They operate a thrift store for the community, in which low cost goods are sold. What may be available includes clothes for work, furniture, free school supplies, appliances, Christmas toys, cribs, and much more. The location is open to anyone in the county. If it does not meet a request, find other places to get free items from, with a focus on the working poor.

The other service, Helping Hands, is only for parish members. When facing a crisis, volunteers may drive a senior citizen, homebound person, or someone in crisis to a clinic, doctor appointment, or even pharmacy in Washington County. Find other Saint George Catholic Church assistance programs.

Food pantries, soup kitchens, and Care and Share services are also available. There are several in both Washington County and the neighboring community. What may be provided to income qualified clients may be a free box of food or so much more. When possible, Christmas meals or gifts, Meals on Wheels for the homebound, financial aid for bills (including loans) and other support is arranged. More on Washington County Utah food pantries.

Salvation Army services in Washington County and Saint George Utah are extensive. They help the vulnerable, working poor, elderly, and others. Examples of the assistance is as follows, but all of this depends on donations and funding.

  • -Free food from a pantry and meals from a soup kitchen, including during the holidays.
  • -One time financial aid for housing, rent, utility or water bills, mortgages and more
  • -Low cost (or free furniture or clothes) from vouchers or a thrift store.
  • -Additional social services including a homeless shelter, free back to school supply events, gift cards, summer caps for kids and more.
  • Other support can be arranged too. More on Salvation Army Washington County Utah.

Medical care programs

Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic of St. George (phone 656-0022) is a health care clinic that provides qualified patients with low cost or free quality medical and dental care, detox services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, medications and pharmaceutical assistance. The programs and clinic were created to support  the uninsured, low-income, and homeless population of Washington County Utah.

Save up to 35% on your prescription drug costs from the FamilyWize prescription drug discount card. This card is supported by the United Way and other local businesses and pharmacies. The card is free to obtain. Visit the website www.FamilyWize.org to print up your discount card.

 

 

 

 

Access an attorney and free legal representation

Utah Legal Services – Southern Utah Community Legal Center is a law firm of non-profit attorneys that provides low-income, elderly, the unemployed and other clients and victims of domestic violence with free legal assistance in civil cases. They can help resolve rent disputes, housing discrimination, and legal aid can support tenants that are tring to collect a security deposit. Other help can include protective orders, eviction proceedings, family law matters, disability, health care benefits, foreclosure advice, and consumer debt issues. 628-1604

Free foreclosure counseling and advice

In addition to the debt programs mentioned above, Consumer Credit Counseling Service can also help people who are facing a mortgage delinquency or foreclosure. They can work directly with your bank or lender, negotiate new terms, help modify your loan, or refer you to federal government mortgage assistance programs, such as how the unemployed can get a forbearance on their loan. Click here to lean more about this government option. 986-9223

 

By Jon McNamara

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