Where to Find Emergency Rental Assistance

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Where to get emergency rent assistance?   There are charities, community organizations, and churches that help with rent.  Some agencies even provide Christmas assistance programs.  There are both private and public, non-profits that support families through financial hardships.   If you are unable to pay rent or facing eviction, and cannot pay your most important bill, you probably need immediate help!  


Where Can I Find Emergency Rent Assistance?

Each state has assistance programs, in place for the elderly, disadvantaged and disabled in the community.  These programs give emergency help paid directly to the landlord, as well as utilities, childcare,  food, clothing.  Some of these funds are funneled through churches, government programs, and private charities in your city.

The Crisis Assistance Ministry, in Charlotte, helps with rent, rent deposits, electrical bills, and water bills, travel assistance, and a furniture bank.  Other states have charities like the Salvation Army, HUD, Catholic Charities, and community outreach programs that help with bills.

Community Action Programs

You will be glad to know that there are programs in every city that will help you with emergency help paying rent or mortgage payments.  They can help with security deposits on new apartments or rentals.  Each organization may have slightly different rules and obligations you must fulfill in order to receive emergency rent assistance.

These Organizations Offer Emergency Help with Rent

Church Rent Assistance Programs

There are many large and even smaller churches in your community that receive money from member donations and the government to assist disadvantaged families and individuals.  It doesn’t matter that you are not a member or a Christian to receive help.  NOTE: You may be required to attend a service before they receive money for bills.  They will ask a lot of questions about your situation. Try not to be offended.



These charities not only give rental assistance; they will help with your mortgage, food, clothing from the dress Pantry.   You are not alone in this, and there are places you can go, to get emergency rent assistance.  The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program gives local social agencies funds to help disadvantaged individuals and families to re-house and prevent homelessness.  The goal is to provide short-termed financial aid to support the stabilization of families.

Do I Qualify for Eviction Prevention Assistance?

Those who need help will be screened to see if they qualify.   Make sure to take with your social security card, picture identification, work pay stubs, unemployment verification, and a few bills that will verify what you are telling them.  Also, have the name, address, and telephone number of your landlord or mortgage agent.

If funds are available to help you, your landlord or mortgage will be contacted and they will receive the money directly.  Many organizations only give you a portion of the money you might need.  This means you will have to go to several organizations to get all your rent paid.

These  Charities Give Rental Assistance

Charities, such as The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, or the Red Cross may be able to provide emergency help with utilities and rent assistance.  Go online to Local Independent Charities of America, to locate a charity that can give you the help you need. (800) 876-0413.    In that case, they should have a list of other locations where you can go.  It will be frustrating and embarrassing, but keep in mind you need a place to live.

This is a temporary situation and this too shall pass! You may also get help with a list of food banks and church pantries, that can also provide you with groceries.  Keep in mind, you may not be able to get all the money you need to pay your rent, or worse, you may not be able to get anything if funding runs out.



The Red Cross

This organization has been one of the first responders to disaster since 1859.  Their mission has grown from helping wounded soldiers to helping people experiencing disasters everywhere. 

The United Way

This is a one-stop resource to help you find financial help with bills and other emergency issues.  You can reach them by calling 2-1-1 or going to their website.

Salvation Army


This rent assistance program helps low-income families with, rent, utilities, and other family issues.

Catholic Charities

They provide help with free dental clinics, temporary shelters, disaster relief, food pantries, Christmas assistance, etc.

 *Lutheran Services in America, an umbrella organization that only provides services to its member charities and does not directly provide assistance.

Churches and Religious Organizations as a Resource

Try to get over the titles that will be used to identify your situation; the main thing is to get help. There are many large and even smaller churches in your community that receive money from member donations and the government to assist the poor.  It doesn’t matter that you are not a member or even a believer, they will help you.  They will ask a lot of questions about your situation.

Make sure to take with your social security card, picture identification, work pay stubs, unemployment verification, and a few bills that will verify what you are telling them.  Also have the name, address, and telephone number of your landlord or mortgage agent. If funds are available to help you, your landlord or mortgage will be contacted and they will receive the money directly.  Many organizations only give you a portion of the money you might need so that they can help more people. This means you will have to go to several organizations to get all your rent paid.

Government Organizations that give Emergency Rent Assistance  

Department of Social Services Offer Eviction Prevention

Go online, or call to get the phone number and address of a Department of Social Services in your area. You will save a lot of time if you do most of your searching online. If you do not have a computer, go to the local library.  You don’t have to be receiving government assistance, to receive aid from the department of social services.

Often you can go to them for one-time help to pay rent if you are behind and emergency food stamps.  Once you sit down with a worker, let them know everything you need.  Keep in mind to bring all the documentation you need to receive services. (more)

HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) 

Rent Assistance

HUD not only helps, low-income residents purchase homes but also gives help with eviction prevention and foreclosure.  Do they provide security deposits on new housing?    Over a million families use HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) each year. They are a great resource for the poor, disabled and the elderly find private and public housing.  They also assist with:



  • Buying a Home
  • Homelessness Assistance
  • Down Payment Assistance
  • Security Deposits
  • Buying a HUD Home
  • Rent Assistance and Section 8 Programs

Remember:

  • Don’t freak out
  • Look online for help
  • Have all your documentation available
  • Get each agency for a list of other charities that help
  • Ask for other services like food, or clothing, furniture

 

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