eviction moratorium

Earlier this week the CDC extended the eviction moratorium from May 31 to June 30 due to the ongoing pandemic.

Lynn Ware Peek

As people continue to see financial hardships with the ongoing pandemic, Utah has a new rental assistance program to help make ends meet.

Utah received $215 million in federal funds to help renters through the pandemic. The Department of Workforce Services has set up an online application to offer tenants rental relief. 

The state funded a similar program last year, offering nearly $25 million in rental assistance through December 2020. Lance Soffee with the department says people from all corners of state applied to the program. 

Christian Center of Park City

Residents facing evictions in Summit or Wasatch Counties can seek rent assistance from the Christian Center of Park City. The non-profit has spent almost $1 million on rent assistance since the start of the pandemic.

Members of Utah’s COVID-19 economic task force clarified Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s executive order on rent and evictions. 

Utah Apartment Association Executive Director Paul Smith says Herbert’s executive order doesn’t absolve tenants of their rent payments.

“Some people have been reporting that renters no longer have to pay rent,” Smith said. “That is not true. Some people have been reporting that renters are going to be forgiven or excused of rent. That is not true.”