Learning to navigate confusing systems while also trying to cope with change can be hard, but asking for help is not only OK—it is a sign of strength. Our society often doesn’t make it easy and is quick to judge, but a lot of people need help and a lot of people want to help. You are not alone. Each new challenge you conquer will make you stronger and, in the long run, will help you help your family and others.
If you are in need of emergency housing, start by contacting the various agencies below to find out how and what your area provides:
- Jobs and family services: They will be able to point you in the right direction to apply for income-based housing as a longer-term solution.
- Community action agencies: Some offer homeless crisis intervention and prevention programs that can pay for first month’s rent and security deposit. Additionally, some have housing education programs.
- The Salvation Army: In some areas, they run shelters or can help pay for a hotel for emergency situations.
- United Way: Many times, they keep a resource and referral listing to the nearest shelter as well as long term programs.
Government Aid Programs:
Here are some federal programs that can provide you with housing assistance.
- United States Department of Urban Housing and Development
- Federal Housing Administration Loans
- This National Coalition for the Homeless fact sheet explains all the programs HUD offers and whom the programs are designed to help.