Housing – Food – and other basic necessities
Are you struggling to pay rent?
The Utah Housing Assistance Program can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities due to circumstances related to COVID-19. You may be eligible for rental assistance if you meet both of the following requirements:
Combined gross income at or below 100% area median income (the agencies below can help you determine that)
Experienced a loss of income or financial hardship related to COVID-19
$25 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) available until December 31, 2021 and an extension of the CDC’s federal eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021.
By law, each state will receive a minimum of $200 million of ERA. It is estimated, Utah (state and local governments if they apply) will receive $213,409,000.
Payments will be made directly to states, territories, tribal governments, and local governments with more than 200,000 residents. In order for the states or localities to get their share of ERA funds, they must submit completed payment information and a signed acceptance of award terms by 11:59 pm ET on January 12,
Salt Lake City, Davis County, Salt Lake County, Utah County and Weber County are eligible to apply.
Funds must be used for households below 80% AMI, and states and local governments must prioritize:
households below 50% AMI, or
those who are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90-days.
For additional information please read the fact sheet and visit U.S. Treasury web page
FAQ: Emergency Rental Assistance
Estimated Allocations for Emergency Rental Assistance (NLIHC)
More information on housing resources in Utah, please go to the Utah Housing Coalition’s website.
The Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) collects community reports and follows up on fair housing violations in Utah. The Fair Housing Act prohibits this discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. A variety of other federal civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibit discrimination in housing and community development programs and activities, particularly those that are assisted with HUD funding.
If you live in or have recently visited a housing complex that was inaccessible, please tell us about your experience. We will follow up to determine whether that complex is required to comply with the provisions of the Fair Housing Act.
If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]
Check out the SLC Open Air Shelter project to donate or get involved with our local unsheltered neighbors (they are fundraising for wifi connectivity for Camp Last Hope right now). Twitter @OAS_SLC