How to Get Emergency Housing Assistance

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If you lose your job and can't make your rent or mortgage payment for the month, you can look into emergency housing assistance. Each state and county has its own emergency housing assistance program with its own set of rules. A few general rules remain the same throughout the country; however, you will need to contact your local program to learn about any extra requirements.

Step 1

Make a copy of your eviction or late notice. You will need to prove that you are behind on your mortgage or rent. If you have been evicted, you will also need to bring proof of that.

Step 2

Gather your personal documents, such as a photo ID for all adults in the household and Social Security cards for all household members. You can't apply without these documents.

Step 3

Collect proof of all income you received in the last 30 days. Many agencies have a monthly amount that you can't earn more than if you want to receive help. This amount is determined by how many members you have in your household. For example, a Florida family of two that earns less than $2,429 a month will qualify, while a family of seven can earn as much as $5,620 per month.

Step 4

Make a copy of your utility bills. If your utility bills are behind, you may qualify to get help in that area as well.

Step 5

Copy your bank statements. Many agencies will want to see whether you have money in your savings or checking account to pay off the rent or mortgage debt.

Step 6

Take your documentation to an agency in your area. You will need to fill out an application and hand in your documents. If you are unsure where the agency is in your town, call your county's social services department. You can also call your local United Way.


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Alicia Bodine is a New Jersey-based writer specializing in finance. With more than 13 years of experience, her work has appeared in LendingTree, GoBankingRates, Sapling, Zacks and

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