Help with rent or utilities.  Do you need help with bills?  You can get emergency assistance from non-profits like the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities.  These not-for-profits help many families during this most difficult time of the year.

During the holiday season, employers cut hours for part-time workers or some are let go.  Maybe you were hired for the holiday and now don’t have a job.  If you are a low-income wage earner you may need financial help with rent or utilities.  

There are programs that can assist you to maintain the stability of your family.  They help prevent eviction, utilities, food or clothing.  These non-profit organizations and charities, work all year round to bring support and emergency assistance to the less fortunate.

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Financial Help with Rent and other Bills?

Department of Social Services

Many people don’t know they may qualify for help from the government.   Families do not have to be receiving government aid like, TANF, WIC, EBT benefits, to get government help with rent.  If you are low income and qualify financially, you may be eligible for a one-time emergency assistance with bills like utility shut off, help to pay rent and food assistance.

If you have a financial crisis and are in danger of losing your apartment or having utilities shut off, go to your local DSS to apply for emergency help.   You may also qualify for expedited Food Stamp benefits and a referral to a neighborhood bank.

What Agencies Will not Do

  • Will not give you cash
  • Will not pay rent before you receive an eviction notice
  • Will not help if you do not qualify financially

What these Agencies can do

  • Will help to prevent an eviction
  • You will get help if you qualify financially
  • Will notify your landlord or mortgage holder  or utilities, that they are helping you

How to Apply for Financial Help

Charities, government, and non-profits can help you with paying rent, utilities, and food.  When applying for help, you must provide proof income, address, identification for all in the family.  These documents will be used to verify who is asking for help and if you are eligible to receive assistance.

Non-Profits that Offer Emergency Assistance

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities, offers a host of benefits, one of which is helping to prevent evictions and paying rent or mortgages, utilities, etc. If you are at risk of losing you home, contact Catholic Charities to get the financial help you need to stay in your home. They are committed not helping the poor and transforming lives with respect and dignity.

Other outreaches include:

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been helping communities in need for over 100 years. These programs include a meal program, food pantry assistance, emergency shelters, rent assistance, clothing.  If you need emergency assistance with rent, utilities or other bills, contact this charity.  Please be prepared to provide documentation proving you need financial help.

The Red Cross

The Red Cross is well known for helping families and individually affected by disasters.  People depend on the Red Cross.   If you live in the areas hit by tornadoes, floods, earthquakes or fires, this organization is probably one of the first ones at the scene.

This organization has responded to more than 7,400 major disasters since May of this year.  They have opened 196 shelters, given out 669,000 relief supplies and have counseled almost 12,800 families.  Let’s look at some available support:

  • Open shelters
  • Meals and Snacks
  • Blood collections
  • Replace eye glasses
  • Helps military families
  • Replace prescription drugs
  • Tarps, rakes shovels, trash bag for clean up
  • Physical Health and Mental Health Support
  • Personal supplies, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo

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Family Assistance (FA)

You may be eligible for Family Assistance, which offers cash assistance to eligible disadvantaged families with at least one minor child living with one or both parents or guardian. Family Assistance operates under federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) guidelines.  Click here for more information.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

St. Vincent de Paul, is a leading Catholic charity in America. This charity is committed to helping and serving the poor everywhere. They provide many types of services such as food distribution, prescription assistance, housing assistance, help with utilities, rent and family counseling.

If you need help with preventing and eviction, contact this charity here.  If you need help paying rent, this charity will be able to help you or direct you to where you can get the help you need. This organization is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds, who need assistance.

29 Replies to “How to Get Help with Rent & Utilities

  1. Good morning my name is Maria baham and I live in Louisiana and I am a single mother and I have a extremely high light bill that’s like $400 because it was doubled and I just didn’t have the money to pay for it so they cut my lights off and I have a 13 year old daughter who I’m afraid is not going to have any Christmas gifts because I don’t have any money to even buy a tree or anything so I was just wondering if someone can maybe guide me in the right direction to see possibly if I can get help some kind of way for my baby and in the both of us are willing to help out also with other families and you know and help with the kids or pass out gifts or help out in any kind of way so if anybody can give me a call at area code 985-285-9728 it would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you very much have a good day bye bye

  2. How can i get help with getting low income house young family 2 kids one on the way and 2 dogs please any kind of help my kids won’t have a Christmas temporary going from place to place it’s sad no evictions

  3. Hi my name is Salvatore abbeduto I need help with my rent out of work for a few months single father two kids I have a newborn in the seventh year old my rent is 750 a month they’re about to shut off my lights my bills $220 and I need a washer and dryer whatever you going to help me with will be much appreciated I just got back to work

  4. Hi my name is Salvatore abbeduto I need help with my rent out of work for a few months single father two kids I have a newborn in the seventh year old my rent is 750 a month they’re about to shut off my lights my bills $220 and I need a washer and dryer whatever you going to help me with will be much appreciated

  5. my name is reeba almas. I am in thailand as asylum seeker since 2013. I am here with my husband 2 years daughter and my mother in law who is 75 years old. we are not receiving any help from any organization, according to thai law we cannot work you can check with organizations in thailand please help what we had its already finish. please help us because we need to buy milk for daughter and mother in law which is basic for both of them.

  6. Hello I’m not very good when it comes to asking for help. I’m in a situation where I believe I need to reach out for help before I completely go under. As a Life long practicing Catholic as well as Volunteer I love helping Others and giving back. It’s a feeling like no other to see a simple kind act an the massive positive impact it can have on someone’s life. If anyone can direct me to a reliable source that can help me with rent and utility asstiance I would greatly appreciate it.God Bless Thank You.

  7. Hello, Jessica, please contact the DSS to see if they can help you with back rent. They may need a formal eviction notice to help you. But speak with them on their policy in your city. Also call 211 (United Way)

  8. We are in serious need in paying rent for May. Our landlord is talking about an eviction notice.

  9. Need help paying back rent I was unemployed for 4 months. Now I have a job I’m having a hard time catching up with my rent that i fell behind while unemployed.

  10. Hi I am disabled and I am have trouble paying my rent and my electric bill. I can work due to 4 back surgerys. And really need some help with my bills any help you can send me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God Bless.

  11. Hi my name is Celita I recently lost my job last week and am currently trying to find another job, I was the sole provider for my family so I now have no income for us any help would be greatly appreciated and valued

  12. Hello, my name is Donald. I am in need of assistance with my rent. I was let go from my job in April, and I just started a new job this week. Unfortunately, I have gotten way behind on my bills. Is there anyone who can help me?

  13. Hi, Anna. HUD can help with rent deposits for new apartments. Also, call United Way. (2-1-1) to get a list of assistance for, rent, utilities, food, etc. I was wondering have you tried DSS. They may be able to help with TANF, food stamps and Medicaid, depending on your income.

  14. hi I’m 26 a single mother of 4 trying to move up in life trying to finish high school, working a par time, and taking care of my kids I’m un able to pay for a deposit for an apartment all my checks go to rent and gas food clothing for my kids laundry I need a little help financially. I leave in a very small basement with no rooms with my mom and sister and I would like to get help to move to a bigger apartment

  15. Hello, Michelle. Contact HUD, they help with security and utility deposits. Also contact United Way for more agencies that help in your area.

  16. I am in need of assistance for deposits to get appartment. And help with utility deposits. I am on fixed income of ssi and live with family. My rv was set on fire a year ago and all my things in it burnt to the ground. Please help.

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