Organizations That Help With Rent


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.

Looking for other ideas?

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.

NAME CITY Phone Email
Husted, Michael Temple, TX 254-534-4253
Nowakowski, Mark Watertown, NY 315-412-3285
Levenson, Rebecca Seattle, WA 253-583-2848
McCausland, Kate San Diego, CA 760-643-2098
Keaton, Michelle Tampa, FL 813-347-7917

Religious Groups

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 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.

Good luck!


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Author: Thomas

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  1. I know I probably say this a lot on your site but excellent that you are putting out content to help people here Thomas.. Keep plugging away and pumping out the cool content..

    It’s interesting to see that the US does have support networks, which isn’t always conveyed in the media, really cool to see this 🙂

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    • Hey Jef! Thanks! Yes there are some support networks but the income levels required to qualify are pretty darn low. There are also sometimes other restrictions like having less than $200 in your bank account. Seems crazy because $200 does not get you very far these days.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      • Yes $200 would be lucky to cover rent here in Australia, not sure what it is like in the US :O..
        Good to see there is at least some support 🙂

        You’re welcome, great to have you back as well

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  2. This is a great list for people in need. I’m sure every town/county has their own list of local places that can help too. I know our county has several shelters and religious groups that match people in need with a place to stay and furniture, dishes, etc.

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    • That’s a great idea Holly. There are lots of local organizations that might not be captured in the 211 listings. Thanks for the comment!

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