Provo and Salt Lake County received grants Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help rehabilitate rental properties in their areas.

The office of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, announced that Provo was awarded $78,000 and Salt Lake County was awarded $95,000 for use in its unincorporated area and in nine small cities (essentially all cities in the county except Salt Lake City, West Valley City and Sandy, which apply for grants on their own).Lynn Feveryear, manager of community development for Salt Lake County, said the money is used to make low-cost loans to owners of rental housing, which they must match on a dollar-for-dollar basis through private funds. The money is used to bring the units up to code.

Also, money is used to provide rental assistance to low-income people using such housing. Those participating in the program pay 30 percent of their income for rent, with the government subsidizing the rest, Feveryear said.