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Emergency rental assistance.

Non-profit agencies, charities, and government organizations near you provide emergency rent assistance to individuals who are faced with an eviction or notice to quit from their landlord. There may be funds provided ASAP, sometimes same day (today) in order to stop an eviction. Most cities, states and counties also provide emergency rent help using federal government funds as part of COVID relief and/or The American Rescue Plan Act, and find details on applying below.

The amount and type of financial assistance program provided, including online, will vary by agency as well as the amount of funding that is available. Or there may be loans or other funds to pay rent ASAP that is due in a very short period of time, and alternatives sources of funding can sometimes be expedited to the tenant.

While the various programs that may be available are very different, the main goal is to prevent evictions and homelessness of lower income families. Select your city or county below to see what type of emergency financial or rental assistance program is available ASAP or even today at the local level.

Criteria to get emergency assistance for rental payments

Many of the rental assistance programs near you have limited funding and resources available to them. Usually low income families with children, senior citizens, the disabled, and people who are faced with a short term crisis will qualify for help before others. Some government programs, such as emergency money from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), are often focused on families impacted by the COVID pandemic.

The longer term unemployed or individuals who are not able to get back on their feet over the mid to long term may not receive help. Note that even though emergency financial aid may not be provided to them for any past due rent that is owed, the applicant may still be given referrals to other programs that can assist.

People who are applying need to show the willingness and ability to be improve their financial situation in the future as in general the programs are intended to be short term in nature. The emergency grants that are issued as soon as possible for paying rent are for solving a crisis only. In some cases, the money may even be issued using an online system to the applicant within a matter of days.

Most of the resources available are not never ending charity type programs so the applicant needs to become self-sufficient in very short order. So they need to be able to prove their ability to pay future rental and housing costs on their own, as this form of assistance is for short term emergencies only.




A number of the local non-profit agencies and government organizations will also have staff who will work closely with the applicant to provide them with additional support. So any emergency financial aid for paying rent combines case management, counseling, and referral to other social services as well as local online assistance programs. Almost all non-profit agencies will take part in this activity.

This additional case management type service will always be provided for free to anyone that is in a crisis situation, such as the unemployed or households facing a medical emergency. For example, clients can learn about the process in applying for emergency rent assistance today from federal government grant programs like homeless prevention and rapid rehousing, section 8 vouchers, low income housing, motel vouchers, as well as security deposit assistance.

The primary goal of the local agencies that provide one time rent assistance near you is to help people deal with any emergency housing or crisis situation that they may be facing. Any funds issued for paying the rent that is due on the home will provide the tenant additional time so they are not faced with imminent homelessness. At the same time this is occurring, the client will be provided long term support either online or in person in an effort to avert any future emergencies from occurring.

If you expect to fall behind on your rent in the future, have an eviction notice, or if you need help in finding a new, more affordable home or apartment, then contact a program for help as soon as possible. It is important to ask for financial aid ASAP, as the more money that is due to your landlord for the back rent the fewer options that will be available to that family.

Find help paying rent today or ASAP

Other support can be provided as well as soon as possible (ASAP) to families that are faced with a crisis. If you need assistance with paying for your security deposit, moving costs, lease fees, or first months rent, find non-profit agencies or other resources in your city or county below as well. As any need for rental assistance is not usually enough; low income families often have other bills they are struggling to pay.

Any emergency financial assistance can cover housing as well as other emergency expenses, including utilities or storage costs. They may have referrals. Or the agencies may be able to offer both emergency rent help as well as financial assistance for those bills as well. Any funds paid out will be one-time only. The resources that are available for solving a housing crisis are wide ranging.





Get the phone numbers, information, and learn about the application process for various emergency rental programs in your city or county using the resources below. Or if you need information on programs that can help tenants with paying rental deposits in an emergency, several non-profits specialize in that. Locate more info on security deposit assistance resources.

Non-profit and government emergency rent help programs near you

The agencies, non-profits, and government programs listed below by county as well as city are some of the leading online or in person places to turn to for emergency rental assistance as well as applications to housing resources. If your city or county is not listed below, then there are still more state assistance programs to try.

As there are thousands of other local churches, charities, non-profits, government DSS offices, and agencies to contact for support in a crisis. Or it is possible to borrow money in an emergency to pay rent, but that should be a last resort. Find low and no credit loans to help with rent or other bills.

Region or city not listed below? Short term, emergency financial assistance for paying rent is available in other cities and counties as well. There are many other resources available that can help struggling families that are facing a one-time crisis. Click here to find additional agencies or emergency assistance programs for rent near you.


Atlanta and nearby counties

Austin and Travis County

Baltimore (city and country)

Bergen County

Boston and nearby counties

Buffalo region

Cambridge and Middlesex County Massachusetts

Charlotte and Mecklenburg County


Cleveland and Cuyahoga  County

Columbus Ohio county area

Contra Costa County California

Dallas County


Detroit and Wayne County

DuPage County Illinois

El Pas County Texas

Essex County Massachusetts

Fairfield County Connecticut

Fairfax County Virginia

Fort Lauderdale and Broward County

Fort Worth and Tarrant County





Fresno County

Harris County and Houston

Hartford County Connecticut

Hillsborough County and Tampa Bay



Jacksonville and Duval County

Kern County

Las Vegas and nearby region

Los Angeles County

Louisville Kentucky and county

Memphis and Shelby County



Minneapolis St. Paul and Hennepin County

Montgomery County Maryland

Nashville area

Nassau County New York

New York City and all boroughs

Oakland California

Oakland County Michigan

Orange County CA

Orlando and entire county

Palm Beach County

Philadelphia and surrounding counties

Phoenix and Maricopa County

Pinellas County Florida

Pittsburgh and the county

Prince George County

Queens New York

Raleigh region

Riverside County

Sacramento County

San Antonio and Bexar County

San Bernardino County

San Diego County

San Francisco County

San Jose and Santa Clara County

Salt Lake City and county

Seattle and King County

St. Louis city and county

Suffolk County New York

Tucson and Pima County

Washington DC

Westchester County New York

Application process for emergency rent help programs

It varies by agency and program. When you are faced with imminent eviction, then you need to call as soon as possible for emergency rent help right away. The non-profits or government social service offices will almost always have an in person or online application process in place. Some offer emergency funds to pay rent today, or in a day or two, others take more time to approve and disburse funds.







This will generally require proof of income, identifications and details on your hardship, copies of a lease, and they may also require additional information from applicants. Do not wait until you miss rental payments or are faced with imminent eviction, as by then it is probably too late.

Most programs have very limited funding available to them. Any financial aid available is usually for people who are faced with an unexpected emergency and who would otherwise be able to pay their rent on time if not for the crisis. When applying for temporary rental assistance also be prepared to prove your hardship and have all of your documentation in order. Applicants may be required to participate in ongoing case management or self-sufficiency type programs.

By Jon McNamara

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