Living assistance from the government can be available in the form of grants and other state programs. In cases of severe financial distress, low-income and under employed families may qualify for a one time government grant to help with living expenses. This program is most commonly used for rent and mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure. Other forms of Government assistance are also available.
HUD Housing Program
HUD Housing is low income; Government subsidized housing that aids families in obtaining safe housing for their families. There are a lot of stipulations associated with this program. HUD Housing can be privately owned or publicly owned. Privately owned HUD housing allows for an apartment building or home owner to offer reduced rental rates based on a family’s income. HUD is living assistance from the Government.
Families that qualify for HUD Housing assistance must abide by strict guidelines. Only those listed on the HUD application may live in the home. Certain criminal offenses will be disallowed for tenancy. Strict income guidelines must be followed. Any and all income changes must be reported immediately. This can change your eligibility as well as decrease the amount of rent paid if an income decrease takes place.
Many HUD houses are built by volunteers. HUD homes are also built for specific families from time to time. These special homes are built in special circumstances. They are usually built for families that have disabled members requiring modified living conditions in order to live with their families. Those living in HUD homes are often so appreciative of the program and how much it has helped their family that they will volunteer to help build a home for another family in need. The HUD community can become very close.
Section 8 Housing
Section 8 housing living assistance from the Government provides qualifying families with reduced rental rates for subsidized or public housing. There are also strict income requirements for this program. Most states are on a long waiting list to enter this program. By the time your number on the list is reached, it is likely that your financial situation has changed for the better. There are cases where a family can be on an Emergency Section 8 list. This would mean that the family, with young children, is homeless.
Section 8 also has strict rules as far as staying in their program. In order to remain eligible for Section 8, you must abide by all of the rules and regulations of the program including not allowing unauthorized people to live in the home. Criminal activity cannot take place within the home. The home itself cannot be damaged or sublet. Section 8 does have the right to inspect their property with 24 hours notice. They do expect their homes to be kept neat and clean. Unsatisfactory living conditions upon inspection can cause a person to be taken off of the program.
The Section 8 program is fully funded by State and Federal Governments. Program availability can change from year to year as funding amounts do often change. If the national budget cannot suffice the large amount of funding for the program in a specific year, fewer applicants are approved for the program. There is nothing that an agency can do to push an application through if the funding is not there and all of the housing is full. The most that they can do is find other sliding income housing or a suitable shelter.
Government Grants for Living Assistance Purposes
Living assistance from the government in the form of grants is attainable for families suffering severe financial hardship. These grants are offered only one time to low income families. A grant can be given for eviction prevention or foreclosure prevention, home repairs and for general living expenses. A general living expense grant is sometimes available depending on the program you are applying to.
Government grants for these purposes usually do not require reimbursement. Since the grants are available to a person only once in their lifetime, the government often seeks further funding to keep this program available. The items needed to apply for a government living assistance grant include a letter of intent, proof of financial hardship, proposal of the need and what the funds will be used for. It can take several months to receive an answer regarding the acceptance or denial of your request.
Other Living Assistance Programs
Local agencies may be able to provide living assistance from the government. The government does provide funds to some local agencies to assist their community members. These programs are usually saved for the elderly and extremely low income families, including single mothers. Those that are homeless will take precedence over others that are simply a little short on their bills.
One local agency that may be able to help with Government provided living assistance funds would be your local Salvation Army office. They receive funding from state and federal government agencies as well as private funding in the way of donations. The Salvation Army provides living assistance from the government in the way of rent or mortgage payment, electricity payments and natural gas payments. Some Salvation Army locations offer transportation assistance, car repair assistance, food assistance, clothing, toiletries and medication assistance. They can help only once per year with a major expense such as rent or utility payments. There are also some locations that can help with moving costs to obtain suitable housing by helping with security deposits or the first month’s rent. If they do not have funds available to assist you and your family, ask them about other government funded programs in the area that may have funds. They will gladly provide you the resources needed to reach out to another agency.
Living assistance from the Government may not be available in all states. Programs for this type of assistance often run out of funds early in the year. It is difficult to replenish the funding as donations and grant funds have decreased. If all of these programs fail to have the funds to help you, ask them to refer you to a safe shelter for temporary housing.