The United States federal government and individual states give out housing grants to low-income families to help meet their housing requirements. These families are sometimes living on the streets or are in danger of doing so and must meet specific income criteria to qualify for the grants.Continue Reading
Several different government departments and programs extend housing grants, as do nongovernmental organizations such as the Salvation Army. Depending on the sources of the grants, they are often used to help first-time homeowners with their down payments or to help low-income families pay their mortgages or rent.
Two primary federal agencies administer housing grants: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). HUD provides housing grants for rural areas as long as the recipients live in open country, in cities of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants or in specified cities with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants. These funds are channeled through states and can be used to fund very low-, low- or moderate-income families. The classification into different income levels is based on a percentage of the median income level of the area. States in their turn may disburse resources for housing grants to local governments, as well as to NGOs and private businesses.Learn more about Law
Free health care, college tuition grants, temporary assistance for needy families, food stamps and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations are some of the government benefits that Native Americans who are eligible can receive as of 2015. Supplemental Security Income and the Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program are available to Native Americans living on or off of reservations. Some tribes also receive government benefits that fulfill treaty obligations or for the extraction of minerals on tribal lands.Full Answer >
Government, education, public housing, and non-profit organizations, along with small businesses, some larger for-profit organizations, and in some cases individuals, can apply for grants from the government, according to Grants.gov. Native American tribal governments are also eligible to apply for government grants.Full Answer >
While cities and states may have their own occupancy laws, two federal laws that regulate housing occupancy are the Uniform Housing Code and the Federal Fair Housing Act, SFGate reports. The Uniform Housing Code sets the minimum size for a dwelling and establishes guidelines for how many people can occupy a home per bedroom, while the Federal Fair Housing Act regulates discrimination against tenants based on family size.Full Answer >
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, is a federal program that provides grants to states for programs that provide assistance to families in poverty. The federal government allows states to design and implement the programs with funding from a block grant.Full Answer >