I Need Emergency Housing

You Will Learn:

  • How to find emergency housing
  • How to qualify for Section 8
  • What Section 8 regards as “Special Circumstance”
  • Tips to get approved as soon as possible
  • How to write a Reasonable Accommodation Housing Letter

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Are you in need of emergency housing? Perhaps you’ve been evicted from your previous home, staying with friends or family, 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
  • Veterans
  • 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.

  • Hi, My name is Britney, I’m trying to get assistance or resources for emergency housing for me and my son, he is one years old. We are now homeless with no where to go, it’s been so difficult in the last year. And we need help in this time of need for me and my son to call home. Thank you for your time and support
    Britney D

  • The owner of my little house said he would honor section 8 if I could get the voucher. How can I do this? I rent and pay $950.00 per month. This takes up almost all of my Social Security monthly.. I also pay my own Electricity and water bill. I rent this location:

    • Hi Stephanie,

      The first step is to contact your local Public Housing Agency, You can read more about the steps to take for applying for Section 8 Housing Vouchers here We think this article will explain exactly what to do for your situation.

      Best of luck!

  • Everytime I go to the HUD portal, it says the list is close. Then they send me around in circles. I am disabled, a single mom, low income and I am in dire need of emergency housing but no matter who I email, I get the same resources and I’m getting nowhere. How do I apply????????

    • Hi Erin, sorry to hear of your frustrations. You definitely aren’t the first to complain of the difficulty of applying for housing through HUD. This is why we have created this site, to help people understand how to apply for the assistance programs they need. Hopefully we can help you.
      step 1. contact your local public housing authority
      Select your state and then search for the housing agency nearest to your zip code. It sounds like you have already tried this however.
      Step 2. A simple google search type “public housing agency near me” this will generally give your local housing authorities that you can contact.
      Step 3. read our article for more information about section 8 The Steps to Section 8

  • I’m about to be evicted at the end of the month please help us I have a granddaughter that is 8 and I have signed up for public housing just waiting to hear back

    • Hi Kutina, Thank you for leaving a comment. We are sorry to hear of your urgent need for housing, we can understand how stressful being in need of housing can be.
      Hopefully Public Housing will be able to get back to you soon. You might also want to try to apply to Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers as well as Low Income Housing Tax Credits Properties. There is nothing in the HUD guidelines that says you can’t apply for multiple housing assistance programs. IN FACT doing so may increase your odds of getting the assistance you need.

      Also be sure to let your PHA know that you are caring for children and facing homelessness. This type of special circumstance may move you to the top of the wait list.

      The HUD resource locator could help you contact multiple Housing agencies in your area, follow the instructions in this article. Affordable Housing Common Q & A
      Best of luck! God bless!

    • Hi Mary, thank you for your comment. We sympathize with your situation and we hope we can be of assistance. We recommend that you reapply for Section 8. and after doing so that confirm you are on a wait list. We suggest following the steps in this article The Steps to Section 8

  • Hello! I moved to Texas 5 months ago and am currently living with my son and his family. I’m a 65 year old on disability but want my own place and enough room for my sister who wants to move here to be with me. I didn’t realize the cost of living though.

    • Hi, Carolyn B! Yes, unfortunately the cost of living only rises. If you would like to find a place for you and your sister, I suggest using our Application Guide tool found <a HERE/” title=”Sec 8 Application Tool”>HERE. Our guide will walk you through all of the processes of finding a Section 8 Apartment in your neighborhood. Also, keep in mind you will need your sister’s evidence of income if you plan on having her live with you.

  • Landlord selling and we only have 15 days to move with nowhere to go I have a disabled son also I have section 8 please help

    • Hi Barbara, that seems like an urgent situation. If you already have a Section 8 voucher, In our opinion your best option is to contact the PHA office that manages your voucher. They may have a list of landlords that accept Section 8 Vouchers that they can provide. They may also be able to help you with temporary housing until you find a new home. You may also be able to check your lease, some leases will require your landlord to give you 30-60 days notice of eviction
      You can check with your PHA office about special requirements that landlord agreed to before renting to HUD sponsored section 8. Typically extended move out dates are required for section 8 tenants. The landlord wouldn’t likely be able to force you to move so quickly if you have section 8. Look into this with your PHA and be sure that your landlord is operating legally.

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