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The Emergency Rental Assistance program can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities during the pandemic.

This temporary pandemic program will stop accepting applications February 5, 2023, at midnight. Please submit your completed application with all required documentation before that time. We will continue to process applications until funds are exhausted, or until all remaining approved applications are paid.

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 during the pandemic

  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) during the pandemic

  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

  • Current rent plus 3 months of prospective rent (with a termed lease)
  • Past-due rent
  • Eligible fees
  • Security deposit
  • Utilities, internet and home energy costs

Documentation

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

  • 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)
  • Unemployment insurance weekly payment history (if applicable)
  • Past-due utility bill (if applicable)
  • Eviction notice (if applicable)

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

Am I eligible to receive rental assistance?

Emergency Rental Assistance can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities during the pandemic. Expenses from March 13, 2020 forward may be covered. Eligible renters must meet of the requirements:

  • You’ll need to meet monthly base rent criteria. Applications will be ineligible if the monthly base rent amount is more than 150% of Fair Market Rent (FMR). Go here to see the FMR for your county.
  • Combined household income at or below 80% of area median income. To determine if a household is eligible use this link https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html#2020_query 

  • Someone in the household has qualified for unemployment, or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship during the pandemic

  • 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

How do I apply for rental assistance?

1. Gather the documents listed in the “documentation” section above. Scan or take photos of the documents so that you can upload them in the online application.
2. Click “apply” and then select “I am a Renter,” if you are a tenant seeking to have your rent paid. If you are a landlord applying on behalf of your tenants, click “I am a Landlord.”
3. Fill out each field as required and upload the required documents as requested and submit the application.
4. Due to the volume of applications, it may take more than two weeks to process your application. If there is a problem with your application, a worker will call you. You will be notified by email when your application has been approved or denied.

What can I submit for income documentation?

The preferred income documentation is your 2020 IRS Form 1040. If you don’t have an IRS Form 1040 series for 2020, you can use your W-2 Form for 2020. Please provide the W-2 forms for each member of the household over age 18.

Also, please provide check stubs, wage statements, bank statements demonstrating regular income, or an attestation from employers for all jobs worked for all members of the household over the age of 18 for the last 30 days.

If some or all of your household’s income is not verifiable due to the impact of COVID-19 (i.e., because a place of employment closed) or has been received in cash; or if your household has no qualifying income, you may provide a written statement regarding household income as part of the online application.

Why is ERA ending?
This federal funding was always intended to be used for pandemic relief. The funds were allocated to Utah as part of the The American Rescue Plan and will soon be expended.

What can I do if I need additional assistance?
If you need additional assistance when the program ends, the Department of Workforce Services also offers year-round energy and water assistance through the HEAT program, employment assistance, and education assistance. If you need further help, please contact your local community action office or call 211.

Can I apply for ERA again if my rent is currently being paid for by the program?
You can submit an application starting on the 15th of the month before the rent is due. If your rent has been paid by the program through January, then you can apply for February rent starting Jan. 15. If your rent has been paid through February, you will not be able to apply again. 

Where have funds been distributed so far?

See our interactive map.

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