So you need money asap because you’re behind on rent. Well the good news is that there are organizations that can help with rent in these situations. These organizations are either not-for-profits, religious groups, or local/federal government agencies. Make sure to try them all since each one has its own criteria for granting assistance.
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Organizations That Help With Rent:
Housing and Urban Development Program (HUD)
HUD’s public housing program offers housing to low-income earners. Eligibility will depend on your gross income. This gross income limit changes depending on your area so contact your HUD field office for more details. Once approved you’re eligible for rental housing at a cost of no more than 30% of your income. Visit HUD Rental Assistance to find a local field office and get more details on the public housing program.
USDA Rural Development Rental Assistance Program (RA)
USDA Rural Development offers housing and community assistance for people who live in rural areas. This program includes apartments for people with low-income. For more details on their rental assistance program and local contract information visit USDA Rental Assistance Program.
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (VASH)
The veterans affairs supportive housing program offers help to homeless veterans through their Housing Choice Voucher Program. For more information and to see if you qualify visit the VASH website.
Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program (VHPD)
The department of Veterans Affairs has a number of programs to help veterans in need. One newly created program is the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program (VHPD). This program is a pilot in five cities. You can find the coordinators contact info below.
|Husted, Michael||Temple, TX||254-534-4253||Michael.Husted1@va.gov|
|Nowakowski, Mark||Watertown, NY||315-412-3285||Mark.Nowakowski@va.gov|
|Levenson, Rebecca||Seattle, WA||253-583-2848||Rebecca.Levenson@va.gov|
|McCausland, Kate||San Diego, CA||760-643-2098||Katherine.McCausland@va.gov|
|Keaton, Michelle||Tampa, FL||813-347-7917||Michelle.Keaton@va.gov|
Catholic Charities: Focusing on reducing poverty the Catholic Charities provides various support at a local level. To find out more details contact your local Catholic Charity for details.
Lutheran Social Services: Offers rent assistance for individuals and families in need. To find out more visit Lutheran Services in America for details on your local Lutheran Social Services center.
St. Vincent DePaul Society: Offers all forms of assistance. Find your local St. Vincent DePaul society to get details on your local resources.
United Way – Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
The United Way supports a large number of local programs designed to help with food and shelter in emergencies. The United Way doesn’t run these programs but you can find the locally funded agencies via the United Way website.
Union Plus – Member Assistance Program
If you’re a member of ALF-CIO then you’re also eligible for Union Plus member assistance programs. These programs offer help with bills and mortgage payments with zero interest loans. They also help with layoff or strike pay, offering financial assistance in those situations. For more details on the Union Plus programs visit the Member Assistance Program site.
American Legion – Temporary Financial Assistance Program (TFA)
The American Legion has a temporary financial assistance program that provides cash grants to minor children of Legion members (or potential Legion members). Parents of eligible children must have been on active duty during specific periods. For more information on these time periods and how to apply visit The American Legion website.
More Organizations That Help With Rent:
Looking for more organizations that help with rent? Try dialing 211 or visit 211.org. Enter your zip code and download a booklet of all the places in your area that can provide help. Most States have local rental assistance programs that could also help.
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