Benefits Enrollment Program

Note:  This is a description of Utah Legal Services' Benefit Enrollment Program.  For information about Public Benefit issues on our website, click here.

Many families and individuals who are eligible for “safety net” programs either are not aware of or don’t pursue the benefits to which they are entitled.  In difficult economic times the basic critical needs these programs provide are essential and more people become eligible.  There are dozens of programs designed to provide cash assistance, food, shelter, utility assistance, and health care but each has unique eligibility requirements.  Completing applications, providing required information, understanding responses from program administrators and challenging improper denials can be significant barriers to successful enrollment. 

Utah Legal Services Benefit Enrollment Project (BEP) can assist individuals gain critical knowledge, skills and tools to pursue a variety of public benefits.  BEP assists individuals in gaining the knowledge and resources to apply for public benefits with the goal that families access the food, shelter, cash assistance, utility assistance and health care to which they are entitled and desperately need. ULS continues to be in a distinctive position to ensure that individuals contacting ULS receive the benefit of other services and programs, to serve as a one-stop shop for individuals needing assistance with a variety of public benefits. 

We encourage you to call us to see if we can help you.  We take new calls between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  For information on what to expect when you call, click here.  For office locations and phone numbers, click here.  You may also click here for general legal information and other possible resources. 

ULS also helps with these other types of cases:

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. . . represented "Laura."  "Laura" had previously experienced domestic violence from her husband but had returned to the relationship. During the early part of the summer, her husband told her he was going to kill her. She didn’t feel he was serious, as he has said things like this before without acting. 

"Laura" came home from work and was about to start dinner when her husband, his sister, and another friend showed up. Her husband started yelling at her and began physically assaulting her brother. "Laura" left the house using the back door.  She got into her vehicle and left and went to a friend’s house.  About thirty minutes later, her husband showed up at the house.

He came into the friend's house without knocking and started pushing people around who were present in the home. He demanded to know where his wife was; "Laura" was hiding in the closet but managed to get out again and ran over to her mother’s house to call the police.

It was there that he finally caught up with her and beat her; he had a gun and put it to her head. He also had a knife and told her he was going to shoot her and then cut her up. The police came in time to arrest him. "Laura" was transported to Duchesne County Hospital with severe injuries.

Utah Legal Services assisted "Laura" in requesting a protective order. A protective order was then filed and granted. The FBI came in and transported the opposing party to a federal facility, where he was arraigned in federal court and is still awaiting trial.