People can find emergency cash assistance through private charitable organizations, government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or state programs for food and home energy needs, Young Money advises. There are also programs dedicated to helping special populations such as veterans, states The American Legion.
As of July 2015, private organizations such as Modest Needs and Self Help and Resource Exchange offer grants and volunteer work trading options to individuals and families in need of cash for various purposes, according to Young Money. Federal and state programs are often specific to the type of assistance given; for example, HUD helps with mortgage and rent payments, while state Emergency Assistance to Families with Children departments give to those facing an imminent financial crisis.
The U.S. Department of Human Services offers one type of state-based program in the District of Columbia. Its Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families program gives cash to families as it prepares adult household members to work, DC.gov explains.
Some organizations provide emergency assistance to people who meet certain criteria. The American Legion has a Temporary Financial Assistance program for minor children of veterans who served in the armed forces during particular time periods, according to The American Legion.