How Do You Qualify for Emergency Low-Income Housing?


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States have different qualifications and procedures for applying for emergency low-income housing. In Connecticut for example, individuals and families must receive cash assistance and become homeless to qualify for emergency how income housing and must apply through their case workers within 45 days.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development classifies households with annual incomes of 80 percent of the area’s median income as "low income" and eligible for low-income housing. Cash assistance is available to Connecticut individuals and families who meet this guideline. If an individual or family receives cash assistance and become homeless, they can get up to 60 days of emergency housing once per year by contacting their case worker within 45 days of becoming homeless or by calling the state’s 211 number and asking for emergency housing and shelters.

In California, low-income families who are unable to pay their rent may apply for emergency low-income housing through the Public Housing Authority in their county. The state encourages applicants to apply online if the PHA accepts electronic applications. If the agency offers a printable application, applicants can submit their request by mail. If neither option is available, the applicant must contact the PHA and complete an application with an agent in person. Applicants receive notice that some counties have waiting lists for emergency housing, and some counties have closed their lists and no longer accept applications.

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