COVID-19: ULS UPDATE
Still Committed to Equal Justice
Due to COVID-19/Coronavirus concerns, Utah Legal Services staff will be working remotely until further notice. Despite that, Utah Legal Services is still committed to providing legal services to low-income Utahns during this pandemic. We are still available by phone and are following court guidelines to make all required court appearances and helping those in need.
If you are in need, we encourage you to contact us to see if we can help. Please apply:
– Online at utahlegalservices.org
– Or call 801-328-8891 between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Eviction During the Pandemic
Temporary protection from some types of evictions has expired. If you need rental assistance please apply at rentrelief.utah.gov. More information on evictions case be found on our website at https://www.utahlegalservices.org/node/5/eviction-basics.
Help With Rent or Utility Payments
Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Renters who cannot pay their rent and utilities due to Covid-19 can apply for help paying costs related to current, past due and future rent, plus security deposits and utilities. To apply, click here https://rentrelief.utah.gov/.
United Way 2-1-1: This agency has a large directory of community partners who may be able to help you pay these bills. There are many ways to reach United Way 2-1-1. In addition to dialing 2-1-1, you can text, email, chat via instant message or download a mobile app. Click here for complete contact information https://211utah.org/index.php. You can also search the 2-1-1 website by clicking here, United Way 2-1-1 Housing and Utilities .
Mortgage Assistance: For residents in certain cities, including Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Jordan and Taylorsville, who have been financially impacted by Covid-19, can apply for a grant to cover up to $5,000 in mortgage payments. For more information, go to https://www.cdcutah.org/covid-assistance or call 801-994-7222.
Other Financial Assistance
Department of Workforce Services (DWS): There are many benefit programs to help people affected by Covid-19, including unemployment benefits, food stamps, medical coverage, childcare, financial and HEAT assistance. Visit the Department of Workforce Services’ website for more information, https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/index.html or call 801-526-WORK (9675). PLEASE NOTE: Utah Legal Services can assist clients with applying for most DWS benefits, contact our intake department Monday- Friday between 9 AM and 2 PM, by calling 801-328-8891 (inside Salt Lake Co.) or 1-800-662-4245 (Outside Salt Lake Co.); you can also complete an online application by clicking here, Utah Legal Services' Online Application.
Access to the Internet
Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP): The White House has announced a program to significantly improve access to high-speed internet for Americans living in poverty. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Twenty of the leading internet service providers covering more than 80% of the U.S. population have committed to offer ACP-eligible households high-speed, high-quality internet plans for no more than $30/month. The commitments would allow ACP-eligible households to receive high-speed internet service at no cost. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Additional information on the Affordable Connectivity Program can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/acp and at this phone number, (877) 384-2575.
Cell Phone Service
Lifeline: You may qualify for a free or reduced-price cell phone and related service. To apply with Lifeline, go to https://www.lifelinesupport.org/. You can also call 1-800-234-9473, or email LifelineSupport@usac.org to request a paper application.
Taxes / Stimulus Check
Make sure to get all the stimulus money you are entitled to by filing your taxes now. Even if you don’t normally file taxes or didn’t qualify for the first stimulus payments, you may qualify now, learn more from our Stimulus Tax Flyer.
The deadline to file taxes is May 17, 2021. You can find free tax preparation help near you by visiting tinyurl.com/IRStaxprep or by calling 1-800-906-9887; if you are 50 years old or older, you can also find free help by going to tinyurl.com/AARP-free-tax-tool or by calling 1-888-227-7669. If you earn under $72,000 a year, you can file your taxes for free using the IRS free filer tool here, tinyurl.com/IRSfreefiling.
Utah Domestic Violence Coalition: Staying home during Covid-19 can be particularly dangerous for people experiencing abuse. A domestic violence hotline is available 24 hours a day by calling LINKLine at 1-800-897-LINK (5465). Resource, including shelter information can be found visiting https://www.udvc.org/resources/get-help-now.html .
For information about Court Alerts and Courthouse status, visit the Utah Court's "Alerts and Information" webpage.