One purpose of the Community Services Block Grant is to help overcome barriers to stability and self-sufficiency. Many individuals who can pay rent and/or utilities may not have deposits to move into an affordable housing units.
Five County’s Deposit Assistance Program helps households below the 125% federal poverty guideline with one-time rental/utility deposits. It also includes a renter toolkit and a Utah Food Bank Move-in Box.
What this program is:
- Deposits given to landlords / utility companies
- Deposits for rentals that are around 30% of household monthly income
- Help for working households in shelter who are not eligible for rapid re-housing assistance
- Help for community members moving into more affordable housing
- Help for low-income families moving into the area for a new job
- Help doubled-up families in the area who are living in unsafe housing (too many individuals than what city code allows).
What this program is not:
- Homeless prevention
- On-going rental assistance
- Mortgage / down payment assistance (this program is for rentals only!)
- A method to move into housing which is not affordable and reasonable for the living situation (examples: rent is more than 60% of monthly income; a single person wanting to move into a house for the purpose of subleasing; a family of 6 moving into a studio apartment not meant for that many people; etc.)
- A method of moving family members from out of the area for non-employment reasons (such as for retirement).
When candidates are approved for rental assistance, they will receive a rental move-in form for their landlord to complete. They will also be asked to submit a copy of the lease. Checks are mailed generally once a week.
For more information, please call (435) 674-5757.