Utah Dept. Workforce Services Press Release: Rental Assistance Program Launches Today!

Press Release
May 11, 2020

Rental Assistance Program Launches Today
Program targets renters impacted by COVID-19 and not receiving other assistance

SALT LAKE CITY (May 11, 2020) – Today the Housing and Community Development Division of the Utah Department of Workforce Services launched a new Rental Assistance Program for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $4 million is available through several programs, which will be implemented by regional agencies throughout the state.

The Rental Assistance Program is targeted to help individuals whose income has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but have been found ineligible for unemployment benefits. Monthly rent payments of up to $1,500 can be made directly to landlords.

“There is a lot of assistance available right now through unemployment and other programs, but we know there are individuals and families in Utah who may be falling through the cracks,” said Jonathan Hardy, Housing and Community Development Division Director. “We don’t want anyone to lose their housing as a result of this pandemic.”

Of the available funding, $1 million is from existing federal HOME funds that might normally go to affordable housing construction or ongoing housing vouchers. Utah obtained a waiver from HUD to use the funds for short-term rental assistance instead. The remaining funding, more than $3 million, comes from the CARES Act.

To learn more about eligibility and where to apply, renters should call 2-1-1. Regional agency contacts are also listed below.

Agency Counties Included Contact
Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG) Cache, Rich, Box Elder brag.utah.gov

(435) 752-7242

Community Action Services and Food Bank (CASFB) Summit, Utah, Wasatch (801) 373-8200
Family Connection Center dba Open Doors (FCC-Open Doors) Morgan, Davis (801) 773-0712
Five County Association of Governments (Five County AOG) Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Washington fivecounty.utah.gov

(435)673-3548

Mountainland Association of Governments Summit, Utah, and Wasatch Counties Mountainland.org

(801) 229-3800

Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership (OWCAP) Weber (801) 399-9281
Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments (SEUALG) Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan seualg.utah.gov

(435) 637-1959

Six County Association of Governments (Six County AOG) Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Wayne sixcounty.com

(435) 893-0700

Salt Lake Community Action Program dba Utah Community Action (SLCAP-UCA) Salt Lake, Tooele (801) 521-6107
Uintah Basin Association of Governments (UBAOG) Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah ubaog.org

(435) 722-4518

Wasatch Front Regional Council Davis, Weber, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele wfrc.org

(801) 363-4250

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