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Letter: Thanks to the unsung heroes who’ve kept people housed

Sahil Oberoi, director of housing and case management for Utah Community Action, talks about rent relief programs for individuals and families whose income was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during a press conference at the Neighborhood House in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

This year, many of our friends and neighbors experienced housing insecurity, sometimes for the very first time. People have struggled to come up with rent, some of them relying on the Housing Assistance Programs to keep a roof over their heads.

The Utah Housing Coalition would like to thank the programs that have worked tirelessly to make sure as many people who needed help could access it. In addition, many landlords across the state have dedicated their time and energy, working to keep their tenants housed through payment options, waived late fees and housing assistance. We extend the deepest gratitude for all who have gone out of their way to keep people in their homes.

We also extend our gratitude to all those who worked to pass the much needed relief bill that will extend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium and provide additional funding to the Housing Assistance Program. This will continue to keep Utahns in their homes during the prolonged crisis. In particular, our thanks goes out to Sen. Mitt Romney, who understands the importance to maintain individuals and families housed during this pandemic.

Tara Rollins

Cottonwood Heights