Five County Deposit Assistance

Please note: Deposits can only be issued when there are funds available

One purpose of the Community Services Block Grant is to help overcome barriers to stability and self-sufficiency. Many individuals who can pay rent and/or utilities may not have deposits to move into an affordable housing units.

Five County’s Deposit Assistance Program helps households 2020-percentage-poverty-tool_0 with one-time rental/utility deposits.  Funding is limited and those showing greater self-sufficiency are prioritized.

What this program is:

  • Deposits given directly to landlords / utility companies
  • Deposits for rentals that are around 30% of household monthly gross income
  • Help for working households in shelter who are not eligible for rapid re-housing assistance
  • Help for community members moving into more affordable housing
  • Help for low-income families moving into the area for a new job
  • Help doubled-up families in the area who are living in unsafe housing (too many individuals than what city code allows).
  • One-time, once a grant cycle deposit into an affordable unit

What this program is not:

  • Homeless prevention
  • On-going rental assistance
  • Mortgage / down payment assistance (this program is for rentals only!)
  • A method to move into housing which is not affordable and reasonable for the living situation
  • A method of moving family members from out of the area for non-employment reasons (such as for retirement).
  • Funding for non-residents of the five county area
  • Deposit assistance for those who have already moved into a unit and have back deposits owed

When candidates are approved for deposit assistance, they will receive a rental move-in form for their landlord to complete. They will also be asked to submit a copy of the lease. Checks are mailed generally once a week.

For more information, please call (435) 674-5757.