Emergency Rent Assistance Programs

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


Where Can I Find Emergency Rental Assistance?

Each state has assistance programs in place for the elderly, disadvantaged, and disabled in the community.  These programs will pay your rent or late utilities directly to your provider.   Some of these funds are funneled through churches, government programs, and private charities in your city.   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 to receive emergency rental assistance.

These Organizations Offer Emergency Help with Rent

Church Rent Assistance Programs

Many large and even smaller churches in your community receive money from member donations and the federal government to assist disadvantaged families and individuals.  It doesn’t matter that you are not a member or a Christian to receive help.   

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 rental assistance.  The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program gives local social agencies funds to help disadvantaged individuals and families 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 receive rental assistance.

These Charities Give Rental Assistance

Charities, such as The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, or the Red Cross, may 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.  

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. (more info.)


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. (more)

The Salvation Army

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

Catholic Charities

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

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

How do Churches Help with Rent?

Many large and even smaller churches in your community receive money from member donations and the government to assist the poor.  When going for help, bring 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.

What Government Organizations give Emergency Rent Assistance?

Department of Social Services Offer Eviction Prevention

Go online, or call the Department of Social Service 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 to find private and public housing.  They also assist with:

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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  1. Got room I’m rent in roseburg just needing a little help to keep it for now I’m needing 300.00 to stay in it and can’t find anyone to help God bless if I can get the help short term thank you sincerely timothy

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