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Assistance for renters.

Get details on assistance programs for renters, including information on financial help to pay for bills or stuff, including furniture, for an apartment. The resources are offered by charities, government agencies including social or human services as well as other organizations. Assistance offered for low-income renters and middle-income tenants listed below may also allow them to get emergency help in a crisis.

Renters often struggle to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of housing. The assistance available out there can address various needs, ranging from financial help to furnishings for a home or apartment. There is also free legal aid offered to low-income renters to address any questionable or illegal landlord issues and other support.

Financial assistance for renters facing a crisis

There are instances in which a renter, whether they are low-income or middle class, face an unexpected financial emergency. Maybe a medical issue, job loss, reduction in hours, divorce, or some other challenge. In these instances, and others, financial help for renters may be offered, and the funds may even assist with utility bills as well. Landlords can also direct tenants to these programs.

In general, the tenant needs to provide advance notice when they apply for financial assistance. In addition, the renter needs to have a medium to long term solution to their crisis, as any funds will not be offered indefinitely. This means the tenant needs to have an income to support their leased home, or a plan to get one. There may also be budgeting required, case management and more.

Assistance is offered for renters at the local level, such as city or county, as well as state and federal government. Funds will always be limited, come with restrictions, and any cash is paid directly to the landlord/property owner or utility company (or whomever the creditor is). Find details on rental assistance near you.

Assistance is for renters that get an eviction or vacate notice. Struggling tenants, who are facing a crisis or some dispute, can get help including legal aid, financial help, or even access to emergency lodging or moving assistance. In general, the government and charities try to prevent homelessness to as many people as well. Financial help and legal assistance for renters can help them remain in their apartment or home, and there are other resources as well. Learn what to do if facing eviction.

 

 

 

Tenants may from time to time need financial aid to pay utility bills, whether water, electric, heat, light or something else. An unpaid utility bills and lose of service may allow a landlord to evict the renter. There are programs that offer utility bill help, and low-income, disabled, or elderly renters can apply for them as well. Continue with utility and light bill assistance.

Renters may also need disaster relief in some cases, such as when a flood, tornado, hurricane, fire or some other drastic event occurs, often by mother nature. In these cases assistance for tenants, no matter their income, can come from FEMA or other federal government disaster loans. They can also provide renters temporary lodging, hotel vouchers, clothes or blankets and other support. The FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) customer service number is 800-621-3362.

Tenants can also get help from other agencies. The United Way arranges assistance for renters as well. They can direct families or individuals to budgeting workshops, provide information on saving money for a home, government grant programs, moving cost help and more. Many low and even middle income tenants will turn to the United Way, and their helplines, for any number of needs. Read more on United Way assistance programs.

Free legal assistance for tenants

Landlords and tenants can sometimes get into legal disagreements or disputes, sometimes serious ones. If/when this were to happen, low-income renters can get help from attorneys, paralegals, lawyers and government subsidized legal aid.  There are also, on occasion, pop-up type legal clinics in most communities in which volunteer attorneys give free assistance to renters.

Renters may have legal disputes around illegal or properly filed evictions. Or maybe the landlord is not fixing the home or apartment, or there are noise disputes. Renters may need assistance from eviction lawyers or other specialized attorneys around HVAC issues, housing discrimination, or late/delayed repairs that a landlord needs to make. If these types of legal disputes come up, or any other one, there is help out there. Continue with eviction lawyers near you.

 

 

 

 

Assistance with furniture or household items for renters

Renters often need help furnishing their home or apartment. As it is hard enough to pay for other bills, much less furniture, kitchen supplies, bedroom sets or living room furniture and more. Furniture assistance is for renters as well. However, this is generally for low-income families, the formerly homeless, women who are moving due to domestic violence or other unusual circumstances.

Charities or churches will sometimes have free furniture banks that can help renters out. The items will often be gently used and/or refurbished, but low-income tenants can often get the stuff they need for their home. In some cases, a charity may even deliver furniture to the renter’s apartment or home if certain conditions are met. Learn about furniture for free.

 

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