I’m not sure I’ve ever had to call on the help of a shelter for a rental problem, but in recent weeks I have had to.
The LAD Bible, a non-profit shelter that operates out of downtown Salt Lake City, has had to suspend its rental program in the past because of the fire.
“We’re at a point where we don’t have a rental program that we’re happy with,” LAD Executive Director Jennifer Tittel said.
Titten said the shelter has had several tenants come in to talk about their rent issues, but she also has heard from other people who have had trouble paying rent, especially in downtown Salt, where many apartments are either vacant or at risk of fire.
In the past few months, Tittl said she’s heard from many people who are facing eviction.
“I think we’ve really had to take a hard look at what is the best way to help people with rent,” Tittell said.
“For some of the people we’ve talked to, it’s been like, ‘I can’t pay my rent.'”
The LID offers several services for renters, including eviction assistance, rent vouchers, shelter vouchers and rent assistance for people who rent out their homes or apartments.
Tettel said she thinks many of the services the LAD offers are not really geared toward the homeless, but instead are for people in need.
“In a lot of these cases, the shelter staff is really focused on getting people into their homes and providing them with the support that they need,” Tettle said.
It’s not just the LID’s housing crisis that is a big concern, though.
The shelter has been experiencing staffing shortages and has had difficulty getting clients to come back to the shelter.
“A lot of the work that we’ve been doing is really looking to fill the gaps in our capacity to be able to meet people’s needs,” Tittell said.
That’s not to say the LOD doesn’t have staff dedicated to providing rent assistance, though, and Tittelt said she is hopeful that the LOSTs will continue to be staffed in the future.
But there are also other problems that have led to some people not returning to the LLDs shelter, Titteel said, like not being able to pay rent.
TITTEL said there are two main reasons people don’t want to return to the shelters: they are too afraid to come out or they are concerned about the shelter’s ability to continue to help them.
“There’s a number of different reasons that people don-want to come into the shelter,” TITTELL said.
She said the most common reason people don.t want to come is that they don’t know they can get help from the shelter, and they feel that they’re too scared to come.
Tittle said that even though she and TITTEN have had some success in getting people to come to their shelters in the last few months and that some people have actually returned to the city to live, that’s not always the case.
“People that come in, it seems like they don.te know they’re homeless and that they’ve got a problem with being homeless,” TITEL said.
Many people in the LNT also fear that they won’t be able pay rent because they don’ t have enough money in their accounts.
“It can be really scary for people to have to make that decision,” Tittle told the Deseret News.
“If they can’t get a job and can’t afford to pay their rent, it can be extremely difficult for them to be self-sufficient.”
While TITTELS shelter program is still open, TITTLE said she does not have the staff to continue the program, and the shelter is only able to provide rent vouchers for those who are eligible.
Titten said she wants the LND to continue providing rental assistance to those who need it, but that the agency has had a hard time getting them to pay for the vouchers.
“The reality is that we are not able to help everyone in need, but we do have a tremendous number of people who need help,” Titzell said, adding that she’s been able to reach out to some of those people and is hopeful they will come back.
Titzel said that although many people don’T return to her shelters, Titzelle hopes to get them back.
“But I also want to say that we have to be very careful,” she said.
For people who don’t come back, the LAND has a rental assistance program for people living in the city.
For some, the program is a lifesaver.
“Our clients are not in our shelter and we’re in a lot more need,” said Kristina Lettner, the director of operations at LAND, a Salt Lake, Utah-based shelter for the homeless.
Lettners clients range in age from 20 to