Life happens sometimes. When it does, it can often have a negative impact on your wallet — and that means difficulty paying your bills, expenses, and even your monthly rent.
All throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, federal, state, and local governments offered assistance for tenants through a number of resources and programs designed to help those who needed it. Believe it or not, many of these resources are always available to renters — not just during the pandemic.
Below are some of the most common resources for rent relief. Be sure to check it out if you find yourself unable to pay your rent, utilities, or other basic housing costs:
This is one of the most important resources out there for renters seeking assistance. HUD provides information on a number of programs at the federal, state, and local levels. They also provide a local office directory that makes it easy to find the help you need in your area without having to wade your way through tons of federal and state info.
This helpful site helps narrow down the available programs by state so you can avoid the headache of trying to navigate through resources that may not necessarily apply to you. This useful resource from the CFPB can also help you determine whether or not you’re eligible for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA), along with other helpful programs in your area including how to connect with a housing counselor near you.
This website offers access to a national database that helps identify both local and state programs that offer assistance to renters, and up-to-date info on Treasury ERA programs. They also provide access to the necessary paperwork for renters to begin their applications for assistance.
The federal eviction moratorium may have ended, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options left. There are still a number of programs at the federal, state, and local level that are offering assistance and support to renters, many of which can be found on the Eviction Lab website.
Having a tough time finding rent relief resources in your area? Just Shelter may be able to help, as they provide access to resources at both the community and national levels.
Those seeking public housing assistance and/or information about public housing programs should contact their local PHA. An informative resource, the PHA can help renters find contact info for housing agencies in their city and state.
This government website offers tips for getting help paying your bills, including determining Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) eligibility, info on applying for LIHEAP, other resources for bill paying assistance, and further info on rental assistance resources.
This invaluable website has resources on everything, including housing, food, health, and emergency programs.
It’s important to know your rights as a tenant. But since a lot these vary by state, it can be difficult to figure out where you stand when it comes to things like eviction, rental agreements, rent moratoriums, landlord obligations, and more. Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website to find out more about tenant rights in your state. You can search for necessary info by state there, including links to helpful resources like Federal Fair Housing Laws and the National Consumer Law Center.
Yet another helpful resource brought to you by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), this page gives renters facing eviction an overview of their rights, ways for getting legal help, and a list of states with ongoing eviction protections and their expiration dates.
While the COVID-19 federal moratorium on evictions and some access to assistance directly related to the pandemic ended earlier this year, there are still a number of helpful programs and resources that are always available for those having difficulty maintaining their rental, housing, and utility costs. And while it’s important to be proactive, it’s also important to know that you’re not alone. There are programs at the local, state, and federal levels, in addition to independent and non-profit resources, that are extremely helpful tools for finding rent relief.
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