Are you in need of emergency housing? Perhaps you’ve been evicted from your previous home, been sleeping on the streets, been kicked out of your family home or you’re in danger of being hurt at your home.
Whichever the case may be, we’ve written this article to give you all the necessary information you need about emergency housing.
There are several options available for those who need emergency housing. The HUD sponsors emergency housing programs for people defined as homeless according to federal standards, and these programs are easily available online, including HUD’s website.
There are also several charity programs offering housing assistance.
All you have to do is follow the HUD portal link above, click on the link for your state, then go to the ‘I Want To’ section and select ‘Find Homeless Resources.
There you will see a list of emergency housing resources available in your area. It’s always best to apply in person at the agency.
How do You Qualify for Emergency Section 8?
To qualify for emergency section 8, you have to meet the basic requirements, which include having a low income below 80% of the area median income, being a citizen or legal immigrant, and having a clean background check.
Then, you must have a special circumstance.
Situations regarded as special circumstances include those who are
- Physically abused in their home
- Single parents who pay more than 50% of their income as rent
- Disabled people
- Senior citizens
- Homeless or about to be homeless
- Victims of natural disasters
- People who are about to be displaced from current public housing
What is the Quickest Way to Get Section 8?
To be placed on the priority list, you have to meet at least one of the special circumstances previously mentioned.
The more special conditions you have, the greater your chances are of being moved to the top of the list.
Other than having a number of critical cases, there is no other way to get section 8 quickly, as the vouchers are only distributed as they are made available, the wait can be long especially given demand on housing assistance in 2020due to the impact of COIV-19 Pandemic.
Generally, you must be able to provide proof of your disability or special condition.
Even with a special case, we found that it is vital to stay in contact with your PHA about your application. We found that staying in touch can help you avoid years on the waitlist.
Also be sure to have access to your email, mail and phone, you don’t want to miss any attempts the PHA may make to contact you.
Please note, anyone who asks you to pay some amount of money to get a section voucher quickly is likely trying to scam you.
Emergency Housing Near Me
You can find out about emergency housing near you by contacting the closest local public housing authority. You can easily find the contact information of PHA in any locality here.
You could also ask a social worker for emergency housing options or find out about local charities close to you.
Permanent Housing for Homeless Families
Permanent housing programs such as section 8 are available to assist homeless families in getting affordable long term housing. We also have the Permanent Supportive Housing Program for homeless and disabled families.
The Permanent Supportive Housing Program provides case management support services in addition to housing, to build independence and tenancy skills and to connect the residents with health care, treatment, and employment services.
Reasonable Accommodation Housing Letter
Individuals with disabilities are granted reasonable accommodation to enable them to experience an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. The request for reasonable accommodation is often made through a letter.
HUD has provided a sample reasonable accommodation letter here, to help you craft a proper one.
Emergency housing programs have been put in place across all the states to help individuals and families who need urgent housing. The programs may be government or charity based.
You could ask around for programs that offer emergency housing assistance or search online platforms like HUD’s portal for emergency housing close to you.