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Officials with the Bear River Association of Governments are worried that evictions could overwhelm already-strained housing assistance programs as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on.

BRAG received 1,200 calls in June from residents in Cache County who needed help with rent, utilities or other emergency funds, according to Human Services Specialist Lucas Martin. The surge came just after Gov. Gary Herbert’s eviction moratorium to prevent homelessness due to the novel coronavirus crisis expired. The increased level of $600 a week in unemployment benefits aren’t being paid out this week, either, because the program is set to expire at the end of the month.

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