Utah County considering splitting from state rental assistance program

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Utah County officials are considering splitting from the state’s COVID-19 rental assistance program and launching the Utah County Emergency Rental Assistance program to provide assistance for households that are financially struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The state received $147 million for the statewide Utah Rent Relief program through the latest round of federal coronavirus relief funding, according to Michelle Carroll, deputy executive director of the Mountainland Association of Governments. Additionally, Utah County received about $19.2 million for rental assistance.

During a special Utah County Commission meeting called on Monday, Carroll told the commissioners that the county is obligated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to spend 65% of the funding, about $12.5 million, by Sept. 30.

If the money isn’t spent, the treasury will “recapture those unspent funds and re-allocate them to the grantees that are spending the funds down,” according to Carroll.

Carroll told the commissioners that if the county started spending the money in March, “you’re processing and having to approve between 1,000 and 1,600 applications per month,” adding that other agencies have reported that approximately 60% of applications “have technical issues” that “require technical assistance and follow-up.”

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