There are various agencies and organizations that offer rental payment assistance, including churches, charity programs and other nonprofit organizations. There are also federal programs to help with housing, such as The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program and services offered through Housing and Urban Development, according to the website Need Help Paying Bills. Rental assistance programs vary by state.Continue Reading
Many community agencies in various states have rental assistance available through private donations and other forms of funding. Organizations such as The United Way, The Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul are some of the oldest organizations offering assistance with rent, depending on availability of resources.
On a state level, for example, states such as Massachusetts offer assistance through the program Residential Assistance for Families in Transition, Texas' Department of Housing and Community Affairs has rental assistance programs, and Florida has the assistance available through the Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing Program. Information on where to obtain rental assistance is often available on the Internet, at a local public assistance office or community action agency.
Different agencies require different forms of documentation to receive assistance, so it's important to speak with a representative from a prospective agency before applying for assistance. State-issued ID, proof of income, proof of residence and proof of all household members (birth certificates, Social Security cards, etc.) are often requested by agencies for individuals seeking assistance with services.Learn more about Social Services
Renters can apply for rent assistance grants through agencies such as the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, state assistance programs or federal subsidized housing programs, notes HUD. They can also seek charitable grants through church charities, the Salvation Army, Society of Sr. Vincent De Paul, Modest Needs or local charities in their area.Full Answer >
Organizations that offer payment assistance for electric bills vary from state to state, but can include many churches, organizations such as the Salvation Army and electric companies themselves. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs applications are offered at local social service agencies.Full Answer >
State departments of revenue do not typically provide direct assistance with child support collection, but they do withhold refunds from individuals who owe back child support, in conjunction with the child support collection agencies and/or the county/district court prosecuting attorneys' offices. Most county district attorney offices have a child support enforcement office or staff attorney that can assist individuals with obtaining orders to collect such refunds.Full Answer >
Federal Section 8 rental housing assistance programs are managed locally by public housing agencies that determine eligibility. A person is eligible if he or his family's income does not exceed 50 percent of the median income for the location where he lives.Full Answer >