Housing Help

Find housing resources targeted to certain audience groups.

Help for the Homeless

If you are facing homelessness, these tips can help you prepare for and work through the situation.

If You’re About to Become Homeless

  • Make sure your state ID or driver’s license is current and available. Shelters and assistance programs may have strict ID requirements.

  • If possible, store your belongings. Shelters have limits on how much you may bring.

  • Arrange for your mail to be delivered somewhere or rent a P.O. box.

  • Pack a bag for yourself and each member of your family.

  • Keep important documents and needed medications with you.

To Find Housing

  1. Check to see what shelter and housing and human or social services programs your state offers. The types of facilities vary. Research the best options by calling or visiting housing websites to determine:

    • Cost - Most shelters are free, but some may charge a small fee. Most facilities that provide residential drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs charge a fee. Many, however, are low cost, accept Medicaid, or operate on a sliding scale based on your income.

    • Length of stay - This can vary from a couple of weeks to several months.

    • Types of services - Some facilities just provide safe shelter for the night, while others are transitional, providing both housing and support services. Support services may include substance abuse treatment, psychological assistance, job training, or domestic violence assistance.

  2. Apply for more permanent public or subsidized housing. Typically, there are waiting lists for public and subsidized housing, so apply as soon as possible.  

Special Groups

These resources are geared toward specific audiences:

Youth

Veterans

People with mental illness

Other Resources to Help

Benefits.gov can help you find out if you are eligible and how to apply for other types of assistance including financial, transportation, food, counseling, and more.

If you don’t have medical insurance, HRSA health centers can provide checkups, treatment when you are sick, care when you are pregnant, and immunizations for your children.

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Housing for Senior Citizens

If you are a senior citizen or person with a disability, you may browse the following resources for help:

Age Discrimination Complaints

If you believe you were a victim of age discrimination, you may file an online housing discrimination complaint. You may also view information on the senior housing exemption to the Fair Housing Act.

Other Resources

The following resources may also help:

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Housing Help: Resources for Native Americans

If you are looking for housing help, contact the following offices for assistance:

You may also locate your state housing counseling agency or call 1-800-569-4287 to locate the agency nearest you.

Native American Housing Programs

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Housing Resources for People with Disabilities

What help is available?

People with disabilities are eligible for all public housing programs, rental assistance or subsidized housing, and Housing Choice (Section 8) voucher programs.

State and local rehabilitation offices may be able to assist with modifications, housing counseling, and independent living skills.

Local city or county governments can explain any housing aid that is available to people with disabilities in your area.

Am I eligible?

A Housing Authority in your area will determine your eligibility based on factors including your income. Each state or city may have different eligibility requirements for housing programs.

Contact your local Public Housing Agency to learn about eligibility for public housing programs, Housing Choice vouchers, local housing programs, rental assistance or subsidized housing.

How do I apply?

People with disabilities use the regular program application process. Learn how to apply for public housing.

Where do I call for extra help?

If you need extra help with your public housing application, contact your local Public Housing Agency office or the Public and Indian Housing Customer Service Center.

For help with other housing programs including vouchers, subsidized housing, private rental housing, local programs, and other housing questions, contact a housing counseling agency or call toll-free (800) 569-4287.

How do I complain?

People with disabilities may require things like ramps, grab bars, or service animals. It is illegal for housing providers to deny someone housing because of a disability or refuse to make reasonable accommodations for a disabled tenant. Learn more about disability rights in housing and how to file a complaint if you feel that you’ve been a victim of housing discrimination.

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Housing Help for Veterans

There are a variety of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs to help vets with housing situations. 

Home Loans and Grants

VA home loans and grants can help vets buy and stay in their homes. 

 

Residential Settings and In-Home Care

 

Armed Forces Retirement Home

Another option for some military retirees and other veterans is the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH).  The AFRH has two locations: Washington, DC, and Gulfport, MI. Both offer recreation and wellness services including assisted living and skilled care. Contact AFRH to learn more.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans

Homeless and at-risk veterans can get help with housing, foreclosure assistance, employment, and health care, including mental health services. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Veterans page or call the VA's National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838).

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Last Updated: October 31, 2017