Resources to help with paying rent, utilities and more*
- Emergency rental assistance:Those unable to pay rent and utilities due to COVID-19 can apply at utah.gov. You’ll need income proof, rent agreement, payment history and reduced income.
- Utah Community Action: Offers income-eligible individuals rental assistance and landlord-tenant mediation. Phone: 801-214-3109 or 877-697-7175).
- Utah’s housing authorities: Provide rental assistance vouchers and public housing options
- to income-eligible residents. Phone: 800-955-2232
- SLC Housing and Neighborhood Development: Phone: 801-353-7712
- Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) Program: Helps low-income people in crisis pay their energy bills. Phone: 866-205-4357.
- Dominion Energy:Provides a one-time annual credit to residents who are eligible for the HEAT Program.
- Utah Legal Services: A nonprofit that gives free legal help to low-income Utahns for housing matters. Phone: 801-477-6975.
- Power bill: Request bill payment assistance from Rocky Mountain Power by calling 1-888-221-7070.
- Internet bill: The federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) helps eligible households pay internet services during COVID. Apply online.
- Food assistance: Call 800-453-3663 for help or visit the Utahns Against Hunger website.
- Medical bills: Contact Utah Health Policy Project at 801-433-2299 for help signing up for health insurance through Utah Medicaid, CHIP or the healthcare.gov marketplace.
- Mental health: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Utah offers support groups and education in English and Spanish. Phone: 801-323-9900.
- Addiction: Contact Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness or the Utah Department of Human Services’s website to connect with a recovery group.
- Domestic violence: Contact the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, or call 800-897-LINK for free support for victims of domestic violence. If you’re in immediate danger, call 911.
- Improve home energy efficiency for low-income Utahns.
- Wasatch Tenants United addresses reports of abusive landlords.
- Housing discrimination for all protected classes: Contact the Disability Law Center, a nonprofit that protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities.
*Complied by the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News:
Do you spend more than half your income on rent? Here are resources that can help - Salt Lake Tribune by Bethany Rodgers, June 10, 2021. Can't pay rent? Utah has $180 million in rental assistance - Deseret News by Katie McKellar, June 24 2021.