Struggling to

Pay Rent?

The Emergency Rental Assistance program can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities due to circumstances related to COVID-19. You can apply here starting March 15, 2021.

Eligible households have:

  1. Combined household income at or below 80% of area median income 

  2. Someone in the household has qualified for unemployment, or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19

  3. Household is experiencing housing instability (for example, received a past-due utility or rent notice or eviction notice, or living in unsafe or unhealthy living conditions) due to COVID-19

  4. Applicant resides in the household and is on the lease

Call 211 or contact your local agency to apply.

Our goal is to help people impacted by the pandemic stay in their housing and maintain the stability of their families during these hard times.

Eligible Uses of Funds Provided

The program can pay up to $2,000 per month of expenses.  Subject to funding availability. Renters can apply for up to three months of assistance at a time.

  • Rent
  • Utilities (Water, Sewer, Electrical, Gas)
  • Security Deposits
  • Late Fees

Income by County Eligibility

Eligibility requirements are broken down by both county and household size. The agencies listed below can help you determine if you are eligible and help you apply for assistance.

To Apply for Assistance Contact The Local Agency in Your County

Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG)
Cache, Rich, Box Elder Counties

(435) 752-7242
braghousingcrisis@gmail.com

Facebook
facebook.com/BRAGHS

Community Action Services and Food Bank (CASFB)
Summit, Utah, Wasatch Counties

801-691-5238
casintern5@communityactionuc.org

Family Connection Center dba Open Doors (FCC-Open Doors)
Morgan, Davis Counties

(801) 771-4642

Five County Association of Governments
Beaver, Kane, Garfield, and Iron Counties

(435) 867-8384
jbracken@fivecounty.utah.gov

Five County Association of Governments
Washington County

(435) 673-3548
amerrill@fivecounty.utah.gov

Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership (OWCAP)
Weber County

(801) 399-9281 x998

Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments (SEUALG)
Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan Counties

(435) 613-0067

Six County Association of Governments (Six County AOG)

Sevier County 
(435) 893-0745
 
Sanpete County 
(435) 835-2831
 
Juab & Millard Counties
(435) 743-4060
 
Wayne & Piute Counties
(435) 893-0744

Salt Lake Community Action Program dba Utah Community Action (SLCAP-UCA)
Salt Lake, Tooele Counties

(801) 359-2444

Uintah Basin Association of Governments (UBAOG)
Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah Counties

(435) 722-4518

sherrysw@ubaog.org
bobbies@ubaog.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I apply now?

Utah has been providing rental assistance since May 2020. At the end of February 2021, the federal Department of the Treasury issued new guidance for rental assistance, so the Utah Department of Workforce Services now must ensure that the state’s program is updated to meet the federal requirements. 

To achieve this, there will be a pause in accepting new applications from March 1 to March 14.

On March 15, a new, centralized online application will become available here at rentrelief.utah.gov. Renters who need assistance anywhere in Utah can apply with the new online application starting March 15.

The two-week pause will also give local agencies that had previously been processing applications a chance to process any backlogs in order to more quickly process applications submitted through the new portal.  

I’m concerned about paying my March rent. What should I do?

Speak with your landlord. Share with them your situation and your plan to apply for rental assistance. Work with them to develop a plan for payment or to make partial payments. 

There is still a national eviction moratorium in place, but that does not remove a renter’s responsibility to pay rent, and it does not prevent all evictions. Communicating with your landlord is essential. Renters who are concerned about eviction should fill out the CDC Tenant Declaration Form and deliver  it to their landlord.

Am I eligible to receive rental assistance?

Emergency Rental Assistance can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities due to circumstances related to COVID-19. Expenses from March 13, 2020 to December 31, 2021 may be covered. Eligible renters must meet of the requirements:

  • Combined household income at or below 80% of area median income 

  • Someone in the household has qualified for unemployment, or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19

  • Household is experiencing housing instability (for example, received a past-due utility or rent notice or eviction notice, or living in unsafe or unhealthy living conditions) 

  • Applicant resides in the household and is on the lease

Applicants may be prioritized and expedited if they are: 

  • Unemployed for at least 90 days, or

  • At or below 50% area median income

What documentation should I gather?

Your application will be processed more quickly if you can provide the following documents:

  • Your full lease agreement (all pages)

  • A copy of your landlord’s W-9 or landlord contact information

  • A ledger from your landlord showing outstanding rent and/or other fees

  • Income Certification

    • 2020 1040 tax form (or W-2, 1099, K-1, etc.) 

    • Recent paystubs (30 days)

  • Past-due utility bill (if applicable)

  • Eviction notice (if applicable)

Resources

Your local agency may ask you to fill out and submit the forms provided here. Call 2-1-1 or your local agency listed above to begin the application process.

Application

Self Declaration of Income Form

Contract Example