Are you late on a house payment or rent due to COVID-19? Here’s how to still get help.

By Tony Semerad – Salt Lake Tribune

The government has deployed billions of dollars to prevent people like you from getting evicted in this pandemic, and a major chunk of that cash sits unspent — even as many residents could be using it to keep current with monthly payments and stay in their homes while they catch up.

The same goes for homeowners behind on their mortgages. For months, a rising chorus of elected leaders, housing advocates and business types has urged folks in financial distress to take advantage and avert a bigger disaster, including a new plea this week from Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

Up to a third of Utahns are saying they face some likelihood of eviction or foreclosure in the next two months, according to a weekly pulse survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

As many as 200,000 Utahns who are renting also could qualify for assistance. On Thursday, President Joe Biden authorized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to extend its federal moratorium on evictions for another 30 days. It now will lift July 31, potentially leaving millions exposed.