Utah Housing Resources for Single Parents
The goal of my blog is to empower single parents. It’s always best for us to get to a point of self sufficiency. Although, there are some periods in our life where we all need some kind of help.
I have included resources that may help you if you are currently struggling. It can be frustrating trying to find the help you need, especially when you are desperate and trying to support your children.
If you really need the help, it is worth it to look into every program you can find. Be proactive, let go of your pride, and don’t give up!
*The following are a few programs that are currently available, although due to funding they can change at any time.
Think outside the box
There may be options in your area that will work for you. Look into a duplex where you can rent out the other side. Or a home with an attached apartment you can rent out (or live in while renting out the home).
You may even be able to purchase the home you dream about on your own. Keep working towards your dreams and don’t give up on yourself.
You might want to think about staying with friends or family temporarily until you can save up some money.
Depending on your situation, it may be difficult, but figure out what will work best for you temporarily while keeping in mind your long term goals.
There are 3 main housing programs in Utah. If eligible, I would suggest applying for all that are open. Remember though, they usually have huge waiting lists.
If any of these programs are open, you may want to apply and then look into other options in the mean time. There have been 3 year waiting lists at times, but it may be worth putting your name on the waiting list.
Make sure that if your contact information changes, you update it with the housing program where you applied. Hopefully, you end up never needing the program, but you may want to have that option available.
Salt Lake County Housing Program offers housing vouchers and other housing programs in Salt Lake County. If one program is closed, look for other programs and options that you can apply for.
Salt Lake City Housing Program offers housing programs in Salt Lake City. It may be worth looking into any programs that they offer. Various vouchers or programs are available to homeless, low-income, disabled and other populations.
West Valley Housing Program is another housing program you may want to look into.
SLCAP Housing Assistance assistance is available to help pay your rent if you qualify (when funds are available).
HEAT Program may be able to help pay a portion of your utility bills. They accept applications between November 1-April 30.
Assist offers assistance with home repair for serious housing conditions for people who qualify.
Weatherization assistance may be able to help you upgrade your home in order to lower energy costs.
Utah Department of Workforce Services Partners with other agencies. May be a great resources to help you find housing assistance.
Neighborhood Works may help you buy, fix and keep your home
Community Development Corporation of Utah assists in finding or fixing the home you have. Or may be able to offer assistance in qualifying for a home.
Utah Housing Corporation Financing resources, affordable housing options, and more.
211 Information & Referral is a great resource of information to find help for anything in Utah.
If you are aware of any other housing programs in this area, please feel free to share in the comments below.
Don’t give up
Remember, just being a single parent doesn’t mean you have to live on assistance programs. They can be a temporary life saver in times when you need a little help.
Remember, you don’t need to rely on programs forever. You may want to use them until you get on your feet and then move on and be self-sufficient.
Sometimes that may feel impossible, but you can do it. Believe in yourself and keep doing what you can to improve your life.