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Washington DC rent assistance programs and agencies.

If you are facing an eviction, need funds for paying your security deposit or first months rent, then the District of Columbia Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) may be a resource for you. Even late fees and back rent can be paid for qualified applicants. The program was created to help those renters and families who are faced with some form on unexpected housing emergency.

Many different types of people can get help. Financial grants and assistance can be provided for the unemployed, elderly households (which are considered age 60 or older), low-income DC households with children, the working poor, and people with disabilities. To learn more or to apply for help from the District of Columbia Emergency Rental Assistance Program, email Or read more on Washington DC emergency housing.

Another non-profit charity organization to contact in DC is the Greater Washington Urban League. They administer the Tenant Base Rental Assistance program in the area. The primary reason this program was created was to assist clients of the Urban League in both finding and maintaining short and long term housing stability, and to reduce the number of people who are evicted and homeless in the area. The TBRA rental assistance program is designed to act as a buffer until an applicant gets into Section 8 housing or finds another longer term situation. Call 202-265-8200, or click here for more on Tenant Base Rental Assistance.

Only individuals under extreme duress or an emergency may be able to get rental help from By Grace Through Faith Ministries Inc. It can assist with numerous emergency needs, one of which is housing/rent.

Certain wards are served by the Washington DC Salvation Army. The Salvation Army National Capital can offer applicants with rent assistance and eviction prevention programs. Food and money for paying other housing costs, such as utilities, are also available. 202-561-2000

The Consortium For Services To Homeless Families - This is a nonprofit organization that exists to assist the working poor and low-income. Additional services are also provided for currently homeless families and individuals, and the non-profit can help them achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency and find new apartments and homes. Dial (202) 639-9760





District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (202) 671-4200 runs the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program, which can offer money to pay rent for up to 18 months, security deposits assistance, moving costs, utility help, counseling and other housing resources.

Additional charities and non-profits to call in Washington DC for housing and rent help include the following. The agencies will offer a wide range of services for those facing eviction or that need help with paying any back rent or housing costs. The currently homeless in Washington DC can also look into assistance from the groups, which can range from shelters to transitional housing or funds to pay the first months rent on a new home.

  • Homes For Working Families (202) 580-6220
  • Hope And A Home Inc. (202) 387-7091
  • Emmaus Services For The Aging, Inc. (202) 745-1246
  • Coalition For The Homeless, Inc. (202) 347-8870

Catholic Charities partners with the District of Columbia government, local non-profits, and other groups on a number of housing programs, including loan options. One of the main ones is the FRSP, or Family Rehabilitation Stabilization Program. This helps families move out of shelters, and there may be referrals to first month rent and/or security deposit assistance programs. There are also supportive housing units, overnight shelters, transitional units, and much more. Address of the Catholic Charity church is 33 N Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. For more details, dial (202) 526-0017.


By Jon McNamara

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