Help with rent in Westchester.

There are several places to call for rent assistance in Westchester County New York, including the towns of White Plains, New Rochelle, and Yonkers. Various non-profits, government agencies, and charities offer either funds for security deposits, referrals, or one time, emergency rent assistance.

Unfortunately most of the programs have limited funding and or waiting lists, especially Section 8 housing vouchers and the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing service. The best approach is to call multiple agencies in Westchester County to ask for their rental and housing assistance programs.

In addition, the earlier you call for help the better. Do not wait until your have an eviction notice from your landlord, as by then it is too late. The leading non-profits to call for help paying rent in Westchester, White Plains, and New Rochelle are listed below.

Yonkers Catholic Charities - Can help with current as well as back rent and other housing expenses such as limited utilities assistance. Address: 204 Hawthorne Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10705 Telephone number: (914) 476-2700

Hope Community Services - The non-profit helps with eviction prevention and rent assistance. When possible, there may be grants issued as  form of rent payment assistance, and the financial aid can last for several months, if needed. Resources are for qualified low income families, seniors, and the disabled. New Rochelle 914-636-4010

Port Chester Catholic Charities - Emergency rent assistance is offered for income qualified individuals. 22 Don Bosco Place Port Chester, New York 10573 Phone number - (914) 939-0547

Mount Vernon United Tenants - Get free legal advice for dealing with evictions, back rent, and heating and utility bill assistance. They can also address unsafe housing conditions or apartments that are in disrepair. 40 South First Avenue Mt. Vernon, New York 10550 Tel: (914) 699-1114

A leading non-profit organization, the New Rochelle Community Action Program/Agency offers assistance on housing and rental matters. While many low income families can get help, a focus is on assisting veterans who are struggling with paying their rent. Access eviction prevention services, housing search, or even help with utilities. The address is 95 Lincoln Avenue. Call 914-636-3050.




Washingtonville Housing Alliance - The non-profit may issue loans as a form of back rent assistance. Other services include low cost or free legal counseling. 36 Library Lane Mamaroneck, New York 10543 Telephone number - (914) 698-4299

Salvation Army, offers financial assistance for paying rent. The Salvation Army can also provide access to a thrift store, clothing, and other aid. They also have shelters in Westchester for the homeless.

  • Peekskill NY - 914-737-0280
  • Tarrytown - call 914-631-3871

Friends of Karen - For qualified families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, the agency may be able to assist with  Basic Living Expenses, such as help paying rent, mortgage payment or utilities. North Salem, NY 914-277-4547

Washingtonville Housing Alliance -Get housing assistance, including time back rent assistance, section 8 applications, landlord-tenant mediation, and more. 914-698-4299

Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless - Low income housing assistance including back rent. The agency can also provide information on funds to pay the utility or rental deposit on a new home as well other support. 48 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, New York 10601 Call - (914) 682-2737

New Rochelle Department of Development - Get emergency eviction prevention and rent payment assistance from the federal government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This can also help pay security deposits, offer vouchers for hotels and motels, and utilities. Dial  (914) 654- 2190

Peekskill Community Action Program - Apply for government benefits applications, eviction or rent help issues. In addition, call the agency to find resources, charities or services and refers people to appropriate agencies for the specific need. 914-739-1451

Westchester Mediation Center of CLUSTER  - Back rent and other housing assistance programs. 100 Stevens Avenue, Suite 303 Mount Vernon, New York 10550 Tel: (914) 668-5885

Westchester County Department of Social Services - Many government programs are administered, including housing, rent arrearage, applications to HUD vouchers, and current rent payment assistance. 85 Court Street White Plains, New York 10601. Dial for rent help - (914) 995-5889

Town of Yorktown runs the New York section 8 housing voucher program. Dial 914-962-5722





Westchester Hispanic Coalition - Call for grants and/or information on rental programs. 6 Waller Avenue White Plains, New York 10605 Call for information - (914) 948-8466

Westchester Residential Opportunities - Pro-bono legal advice offered for landlord issues. In addition, emergency rent assistance if faced with an eviction. All legal aid is provided for free to income qualified residents. 470 Mamaroneck Avenue – Suite 470 White Plains, New York 10605 Tel: (914) 428-4507

New Rochelle Salvation Army - Dial 914-632-0381 for information on Community Resources and Rental Assistance. Staff also offer referrals to both transitional and low income apartments in Westchester.

Eviction Prevention - The first part of the process is mediation with a landlord. In some cases, families with a crisis may receive a cash grant as a form of emergency rental assistance. The coalition may also have referrals to security deposit programs in Westchester or charities that issue a loan as a form of rental payment.  Call 914-682-2737 for intake.

White Plains Salvation Army - Like many other Salvation Armies in Westchester County, this charity agency also offer housing, rent, and food assistance. Call 914-949-2908

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley - Can provide free legal services for eviction prevention proceedings as well as information on emergency funds. Address - 90 Maple Avenue White Plains, New York 10601 Dial for help - (914) 949-1305

Town of Greenburgh - The government agency provides a limited amount of rental assistance payments for tenants who qualify for Section 8 housing. Various housing programs also assist low-income families and seniors with rent payment assistance during emergency situations. 914-993-1500

Human Development Services of Westchester, Inc.
Neighborhood Preservation Company Program
Address of center - 28 Adee Street
Port Chester, New York 10573
Phone number - (914) 939-2005

United Community Center of Westchester and New Rochelle
They have information on low income and public housing, but provide other services in order to stop evictions. This can include referrals to loans for paying rent, case management, help with moving, and mediation for housing issues. Call 914-813-2896.

Preservation Company - Staff work to ensure the low income, including veterans or single parents, have access to safe and affordable housing. They partner with housing authorities and government organizations. The address is 1037 Main Street, Peekskill , New York 10566. Call 914-734-8928.




The Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) also runs the government funded Rental Assistance Program (RAP). A non-profit agency known as Westhab administers the program, and it provides partial government funded rent subsidies for working families facing an eviction and who are homeless. Aid is also out there for the chronically homeless single adults seeking permanent housing. Call - 914-345-2800 x32

Another agency also runs the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) in the Westchester County region, and that agency is also Westhab. It is funded with HUD-funding, and the housing program provides rent subsidies of up to 18 months for low income as well as homeless households and relocation assistance for families about to be evicted, in Westchester County, NY. (914) 376-0063, x307


By Jon McNamara

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