Even though many Americans just look to the government when applying for rental assistance, there are a few other options to consider as well. Those who cannot receive rent assistance through federal or local agencies should consider looking for help from certain charities.
The funding that HUD receives and passes along to local public housing agencies (PHAs) is not enough to help everyone in need of rent assistance.
This is why pretty much every PHA has to prioritize extremely low-income applicants when it comes to providing Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) or housing units (public housing). Those who do get approved for the program usually have to stay on a waiting list for weeks, months or even years before they start receiving vouchers.
Not only that, but there are so many families looking for help paying rent that many PHAs have to close their waiting lists to avoid getting an overwhelming number of applications.
Fortunately, there are charities that offer rental assistance all across the United States.
Many of these, such as the Salvation Army discussed earlier on this list, are Christian or Catholic charities. However, they promise to help as many people as they can regardless of religion.
Individual charities are set up in different areas of each state and mainly provide rental assistance programs that work at the county level.
Requirements to get rent assistance are usually minimal. They typically include the following:
- You must live in the area where the charity operates.
- You must earn a low income, which is reviewed by the charity.
- You must be at risk of an eviction or losing your housing.
Furthermore, charitable services extend beyond emergency rental assistance. While many Catholic charities help with rent primarily, they also offer assistance in the form of nutrition aid and help with paying a mortgage. Many charities even provide utility assistance.
If you’re looking for charitable grants for rent, there may be plenty of local charities that help pay rent in your county.