Emergency Housing Guide

Published: April 6, 2022
Reviewed by: Deidre Sommerer

Seniors may face housing emergencies for any number of reasons. Sometimes living with physical or mental health issues and cognitive decline results in an inability to adequately care for themselves, while other times a lack of social and financial support leads to eviction from the homes they love. Unfortunately, when family care and other resources aren’t available, this can lead to poverty and homelessness.

According to a report sponsored by Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, “The number of U.S. aged homeless over age 55 could grow to 225,000 by 2026, up from 170,000 in 2017.” Further, the National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that the average life expectancy for homeless people is about 50 years, which puts many of our nation’s seniors on borrowed time.

The good news is that there are programs that can provide emergency housing and support for your senior loved one in crisis. Below, we discuss what you need to know about emergency housing, as well as information about where and how to find programs across the U.S.

What Is Emergency Housing?

Emergency housing programs provide temporary indoor accommodations for seniors, families and other individuals who are facing a high risk of homelessness. While some emergency housing programs are operated in shelters or standalone facilities that provide a safe place to sleep, others can provide temporary financial support to cover rent or mortgage payments.

Who Can Access Emergency Housing Programs?

Each emergency housing program sets its own parameters, which means eligibility can vary. If your loved one is homeless or facing imminent homelessness, explore the resources that are available in your city or state.

Seniors who need access to emergency housing may be living with circumstances, such as:

  • No knowledge of or no access to social assistance programs
  • Limited income or high housing costs that drain their income
  • A lack of family support
  • Psychiatric or physical illness
  • Addictions

Regardless of why your loved one needs access to housing support, having the ability to access it when it’s needed most is vital. The following list provides details about emergency housing programs that are offered across the country and may provide support for seniors who are homeless or facing an immediate risk of homelessness.

Senior Programs for Emergency Housing

2-1-1

Seniors or anyone else who requires urgent social assistance can dial 2-1-1 to connect with United Way, which is committed to helping homeless seniors find local shelters or access transitional housing. The service can also connect seniors with other resources, including those intended to provide food, mental health support or funding for health care expenses.
How to Apply

No application is necessary. To access local programs, seniors can simply dial 2-1-1 from nearly anywhere in the U.S. to be put in touch with the programs and resources they need. Alternatively, those needing help can contact United Way online for assistance.

Eligibility

No eligibility requirements are in place. Anyone who requires help can access an array of programs via 2-1-1. However, some programs may have eligibility guidelines in place.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides Housing Choice Vouchers for the elderly, which helps those with very low incomes reduce their housing costs. The voucher acts as a subsidy, providing a portion of the rent directly to the beneficiary’s landlord.

How to Apply

Seniors can apply for the Housing Choice Voucher Program by contacting their local public housing agency (PHA) or calling (800) 955-2232. The PHA will require applicants to provide information about assets, family income and household members. Once the information is confirmed and eligibility is verified, vouchers are issued relatively quickly if available.

Although Housing Choice Vouchers can be a good option for seniors facing urgent housing crises, these programs do fill up occasionally, and when that happens, approved applicants may be placed on a wait list until more funding is available.

Eligibility

Each PHA is responsible for determining eligibility requirements for its Housing Choice Voucher program. However, the law requires that 75% of vouchers must be provided to applicants with household incomes totaling less than 30% of the area median.

Section 202 Supportive Housing For the Elderly

HUD’s Supportive Housing for the Elderly program helps seniors with extremely low incomes access affordable housing, so they can live independently. It supplies rent subsidies, along with services, to support the well-being and safety of its beneficiaries, such as cleaning, cooking and transportation.

How to Apply

To apply for Section 202 Supportive Housing, eligible seniors need to first find an available Section 202 house and reach out to the property management team to determine availability. Once an available house has been found, seniors can complete their application online, over the phone or in-person at the property. Applications can vary, depending on the property manager, but typically, seniors can expect to provide details, such as:

  • Full name and contact information
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Net income
  • Housing history
  • Criminal history

Applications can take a couple of weeks to process, so while this option is ideal for those facing homelessness, there may be a continued need for shelters or other emergency options while awaiting approval.

Eligibility

To qualify for Section 2020 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, seniors must have at least one household member who is 62 years of age or older, and the household must meet the area’s threshold for very low income.

Emergency Housing Programs for Veterans

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

Senior veterans who are facing homelessness can apply for help via HUD-VASH, a program that provides Housing Choice Vouchers for homeless veterans in collaboration with Veteran Affairs. The objective of HUD-VASH is to provide comprehensive care management services which include housing, mental health treatment, health care and substance abuse counseling, for those who need it.

How to Apply

Seniors who qualify can reach out to Veterans Affairs for help with the application process. Applications are accepted online, in-person or via the Homeless Veterans Helpline: (877) 424-3838, which is available 24/7 and provides veterans immediate access to resources.

Eligibility

To qualify for HUD-VASH, seniors need to have served in a branch of the U.S. military and must be considered very low income.

VA Enhanced-Use Lease Program

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers the Enhanced-Use Lease program. Through this program, the VA acquires underused properties in cooperation with state and local governments to transform them into safe housing and shelters for homeless veterans.

How to Apply

Homeless veterans can contact their local VA office or reach out via telephone at (877) 424-3838 to learn more about this emergency housing option.

Eligibility

Enhanced-Use Lease housing is open to all U.S. veterans who are unable to find safe, affordable housing.

State-by-State Emergency Housing Resources

Click on your state below to see what emergency housing resources are available in your area, as well as program descriptions and contact information.

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Alabama

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Alabama.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Alabama.

Additional Resources

If you’re in dire need of housing in Alabama, there are several other resources that may be able to provide urgent assistance.

Program Name Contact Description
YWCA Permanent Housing for Seniors (205) 322-7867 The YWCA provides permanent housing for low-income seniors throughout central Alabama. This program is available to seniors aged 62 and older.
Emergency Rental Assistance Alabama (833) 620-2434 Landlords or tenants can apply for Emergency Rental Assistance, which is funded by a government-approved congressional grant. This program can provide those facing imminent homelessness with assistance for up to three months of rent and utility expenses.
Alaska

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Alaska.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Alaska.

Additional Resources

Alaska’s state government offers housing options for seniors who are struggling to pay their rent or facing homelessness.

Program Name Contact Description
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation – Senior and Accessible Housing (800) 478-2432 Seniors aged 62 and older with an income below 80% of the area median can apply for senior housing, which provides accommodations throughout Alaska’s major cities.
Arizona

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Arizona.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Arizona.

Additional Resources

In Arizona, seniors can access help with rent and utility payments when they’re faced with potential eviction, as well as services to help them survive while awaiting permanent housing.

Program Name Contact Description
Arizona Department of Economic Security Shelter and Housing Homeless Services (602) 542-4446 Seniors who need emergency shelter or help with finding permanent housing after an eviction can contact Homeless Services for urgent assistance.
Short-Term Crisis Services Contact nearest Community Action Agency Short-Term Crisis Services provides an array of supports, including emergency shelter, rental deposits, rent or mortgage payments and utility payments for those who are homeless or at a high risk of becoming homeless, provided they have proof of their emergency need.
Justa Center (602) 254-6524 Justa Center is dedicated to ending homelessness for senior citizens by providing day center services and coordinating other resources on their behalf.
Arkansas

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Arkansas.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Arkansas.

Additional Resources

Seniors at risk of homelessness can apply for rental assistance and other emergency supports in Arkansas.

Program Name Contact Description
Arkansas Rent Relief Program (855) 736-8275 Seniors and other Arkansas residents can apply for help paying rent or utilities for up to 15 months total if they’re suddenly faced with reduced income or other financial hardships.
Emergency Solutions Grant Program Contact nearest provider organization This program provides emergency shelter, rapid re-housing and other homelessness prevention services for seniors and other Arkansas residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless after the COVID-19 pandemic.
California

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in California.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in California.

Additional Resources

There are several state-operated and independent programs in California to help prevent senior homelessness.

Program Name Contact Description
CalWORKs Housing Support Program and Homeless Assistance Contact local county welfare office The Housing Support Program provides financial assistance and other supports, including rental assistance, utility payments, credit repair and motel vouchers, for California residents who are homeless or may become homeless. Homeless Assistance helps those in need access temporary or permanent shelter.
Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (916) 651-5155 This program helps homeless people with disabilities to access financial assistance programs, as well as case management, credit counseling and disability support.
Home Safe Program (916) 651-5155 The Home Safe Program is exclusively available to senior citizens who are at risk of becoming homeless as a result of elder abuse, self-neglect or financial exploitation. While the program is operated by the California Department of Social Services Housing and Homelessness Branch, it’s overseen by Adult Protective Services.
Colorado

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Colorado.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Colorado.

Additional Resources

Homeless seniors in Colorado can access supportive day services, as well as help with rent and utility payments, to get them back on their feet.

Program Name Contact Description
Senior Support Services (303) 832-1622 Located in Denver, Senior Support Services provides day care services for homeless seniors, including meals, clothing banks, transportation and help accessing financial support for housing, utilities and health care.
Salvation Army RJ Montgomery Homeless Shelter (719) 578-9190 RJ Montgomery Homeless Shelter in Colorado Springs is open 24/7 to provide emergency housing for homeless persons of all ages. This shelter also provides meals and case management services.
Springs Rescue Mission (719) 632-1822 Springs Rescue Mission provides emergency shelter, as well as hot meals, clothing and case management services, to help seniors and other homeless persons access stable housing and assistance programs.
Crawford House (719) 477-1639 Crawford House provides temporary housing for homeless veterans for up to 90 days. The program also helps its clients to find permanent housing and reliable financial supports.
Connecticut

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Connecticut.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Connecticut.

Additional Resources

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness works with seniors in the state to prevent or reduce homelessness.

Program Name Contact Description
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (860) 721-7876 The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness works with the state’s seniors and other homeless citizens to help them access rapid re-housing opportunities, as well as other programs, to ensure their overall safety and well-being.
Delaware

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Delaware.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Delaware.

Additional Resources

Options for homeless seniors are available within Delaware.

Program Name Contact Description
Friendship House (302) 652-8133 Friendship House operates several shelters with temporary housing for homeless men and women aged 55 and older.
Florida

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Florida.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Florida.

Additional Resources

Florida has several state-operated and nonprofit programs that help homeless seniors.

Program Name Contact Description
Council on Homelessness (888) 585-9008 Florida’s Council on Homelessness operates several programs for seniors and families in the state, including emergency shelters and housing solutions, housing search assistance and emergency rental assistance.
Florida Housing Finance Corporation (850) 488-4197 The Florida Housing Corporation works with counties across the state to provide affordable housing and rental assistance for seniors and other persons facing homelessness.
Homeless Voice (855) 924-3571 Homeless Voice operates a homeless helpline that helps homeless seniors and others find services in south and central Florida.
Georgia

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Georgia.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Georgia.

Additional Resources

Seniors in Georgia who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless can access help through several organizations in the state.

Program Name Contact Description
HOPE Atlanta (404) 817-7070 HOPE Atlanta provides permanent supportive housing options, as well as temporary emergency housing, for seniors and individuals with disabilities or substance abuse issues. Supports offered while residing here include medical transportation and grocery assistance.
Georgia Rental Assistance (833) 827-7368 Seniors and others who have extremely low incomes can apply for rental assistance for up to 18 months from Georgia’s state-operated rental assistance program.
Hawaii

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Hawaii.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Hawaii.

Additional Resources

Several organizations provide emergency housing options for homeless seniors in Hawaii.

Program Name Contact Description
Catholic Charities Hawaii (808) 521-4357 This nonprofit organization provides transitional housing, housing placement, case management and rental assistance for homeless seniors and families.
Emergency Shelters (808) 768-4668 Hawaii’s state government operates several shelters across the state’s islands. Seniors can check online or call ahead for shelter bed availability.
Idaho

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Idaho.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Idaho.

Additional Resources

Idaho is home to several transitional and emergency shelters that homeless seniors can utilize when in need.

Program Name Contact Description
Housing Idaho (877) 428-8844 Housing Idaho provides access to up-to-date information about emergency shelters across the state. This organization helps those in need search for available rentals in their area.
Idaho Finance and Housing Association (800) 526-7145 The Idaho Finance and Housing Association offers homelessness assistance, including shelter access. It also provides rental assistance for seniors and other individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Illinois

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Illinois.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Illinois.

Additional Resources

The state of Illinois provides emergency housing, as well as transitional programs, to mitigate homelessness in its seniors and other citizens. Nonprofit programs are also available to help in certain parts of the state.

Program Name Contact Description
Emergency and Transitional Housing Program (800) 843-6154 Any resident of Illinois who is at risk of homelessness or already homeless can access overnight shelters or up to two years of transitional housing through this program.
Catholic Charities (312) 655-7440 Catholic Charities provides studio and one-bedroom apartments for seniors who require affordable housing, as well as on-site supportive services, including social activities.
Indiana

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Indiana.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Indiana.

Additional Resources

Throughout Indiana, homeless seniors can rely on state-funded programs to provide emergency temporary housing.

Program Name Contact Description
Central Indiana Homeless Services (317) 926-4357 This program provides temporary emergency shelters across central Indiana for seniors and other at-risk individuals.
Iowa

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Iowa.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Iowa.

Additional Resources

Seniors who are at risk of homelessness in Iowa can apply for financial help from state-funded programs.

Program Name Contact Description
Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program (855) 300-5885 This program provides rent payments and utility assistance for low-income seniors and other households whose incomes don’t exceed 80% of the area’s median income. Assistance can be accessed for up to one year.
Kansas

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Kansas.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Kansas.

Additional Resources

Kansas has several state-operated programs to provide its residents with emergency help when they’re faced with a housing crisis.

Program Name Contact Description
Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (785) 217-2001 The Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance program provides up to 18 months of rent or utility assistance for tenants or landlords who’ve lost income due to COVID-19.
Emergency Solutions Grant (785) 217-2019 The Emergency Solutions Grant helps seniors and others who are homeless or facing imminent homelessness to access safe shelters and other housing options.
Kentucky

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Kentucky.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Kentucky.

Additional Resources

Seniors who are homeless or who may become homeless can access financial assistance and emergency housing through a variety of programs in Kentucky.

Program Name Contact Description
Kentucky Housing (800) 633-8896 Kentucky Housing maintains an extensive list of housing resources to help individuals who are homeless or requiring rental assistance to prevent homelessness.
Louisiana

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Louisiana.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Louisiana.

Additional Resources

Help is available in Louisiana to overcome homelessness and to maintain financial stability.

Program Name Contact Description
The Wellspring (800) 633-8896 The Wellspring provides urgent resources, including rental assistance, for those who aren’t able to afford housing.
Maine

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Maine.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Maine.

Additional Resources

Maine provides emergency assistance programs to help you overcome homelessness or stay in your home if you’re facing eviction.

Program Name Contact Description
Housing Assistance Maine (866) 811-5695 Seniors or other persons at risk of homelessness can contact Housing Assistance Maine to apply for rental and utility assistance, find a shelter or access transitional or other forms of emergency housing.
Maryland

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Maryland.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Maryland.

Additional Resources

Maryland provides limited rental assistance for seniors and other individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Program Name Contact Description
Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance

 

(877) 546-5595 Individuals who are unable to pay rent and are either in arrears or facing eviction may apply for rental assistance for up to 18 months.
Massachusetts

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Massachusetts.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Massachusetts.

Additional Resources

Massachusetts provides emergency help for those who are homeless or unable to afford their rent.

Program Name Contact Description
Emergency Housing Assistance (866) 584-0653 Homeless seniors in Massachusetts can contact Emergency Housing Assistance to speak with an agency representative who can provide access to shelters, transitional housing and funding for rent and utilities.
Michigan

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Michigan.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Michigan.

Additional Resources

If you’re facing eviction or living on the street, Michigan has supports available that can help.

Program Name Contact Description
Homeless and Special Housing Needs Programs (517) 335-9885 The state provides several emergency programs for seniors and other individuals who are struggling financially, including housing vouchers, rental assistance and recovery housing.
Minnesota

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Minnesota.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Minnesota.

Additional Resources

Short-term rental assistance is available in Minnesota if you’re struggling to pay your bills and facing eviction. The state also provides affordable rental housing options and emergency shelters.

Program Name Contact Description
Minnesota Housing (866) 223-1111 Seniors who are homeless or facing an urgent need for rental assistance can contact Minnesota Housing for a variety of financial support options or access to a local shelter.
Mississippi

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Mississippi.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Mississippi.

Additional Resources

Programs are available throughout Mississippi to help you access safe, affordable housing.

Program Name Contact Description
Gateway Rescue Mission (601) 353-5865 Gateway Rescue Mission is a Christian organization that provides a variety of supports for homeless men and women. That includes emergency overnight shelters, case management and transitional housing.
Multi-County Community Service Agency (601) 483-4838 This agency works with homeless individuals and families to help them find affordable housing and other assistance programs, so they can thrive.
Missouri

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Missouri.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Missouri.

Additional Resources

Missouri provides financial help if you’re unable to pay your rent or utility bills.

Program Name Contact Description
MO Housing Resources (833) 541-1599 MO Housing Resources provides financial support for rent and utilities for those who’ve been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Montana

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Montana.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Montana.

Additional Resources

In Montana, the state provides emergency rental assistance and other housing support programs.

Program Name Contact Description
Emergency Rental Assistance (406) 841-2840 Emergency rental assistance is available to any family or individual whose household income is less than 50% of the area’s median.
Nebraska

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Nebraska.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Nebraska.

Additional Resources

Nebraska’s state government offers an array of essential emergency services to help you access a safe place to sleep and live.

Program Name Contact Description
Nebraska Homeless Assistance Program (402) 471-3121 Provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, this program provides rental assistance, emergency and short-term shelter and rapid re-housing for homeless persons or those at risk of becoming homeless.
Nevada

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Nevada.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Nevada.

Additional Resources

Options are available in Nevada to help you access safe, sanitary housing, regardless of income.

Program Name Contact Description
CARES Housing Assistance Program (702) 455-4071 CARES provides help accessing rapid re-housing programs, as well as emergency shelter and rental assistance.
New Hampshire

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in New Hampshire.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in New Hampshire.

Additional Resources

Emergency rental assistance and shelter are available through the state government in New Hampshire.

Program Name Contact Description
New Hampshire Housing [email protected] Seniors and other New Hampshire residents can access financial help when they’re unable to pay rent or utility bills.
New Jersey

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in New Jersey.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in New Jersey.

Additional Resources

There are nonprofit and state-operated organizations in New Jersey to help you access safe housing when you’re in need.

Program Name Contact Description
Homeless Solutions (973) 993-0900 This nonprofit organization operates emergency shelters and transitional housing for homeless people of all ages, as well as senior housing for those with extremely low incomes.
New Mexico

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in New Mexico.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in New Mexico.

Additional Resources

Agencies in New Mexico are dedicated to helping end homelessness across the state.

Program Name Contact Description
New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness (505) 767-2268 This agency helps homeless persons throughout the state access housing help and other advocacy programs that can help them get back on their feet.
New York

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in New York.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in New York.

Additional Resources

New York State provides several housing and support services to help you overcome or prevent homelessness.

Program Name Contact Description
Housing and Support Services Contact the nearest Department of Social Services office. Housing and Support Services administers a variety of programs throughout the state to help those living on the streets or at risk of eviction to access the funds they need to obtain or continue residing in safe housing.
North Carolina

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in North Carolina.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in North Carolina.

Additional Resources

In North Carolina, the Department of Health and Human Services provides emergency housing options for seniors and other high-risk residents.

Program Name Contact Description
Emergency Housing and Shelters for the Homeless (919) 855-4984 This agency helps homeless people connect with shelters and other services, including rental assistance and transitional housing.
North Dakota

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in North Dakota.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in North Dakota.

Additional Resources

Funding is available for North Dakota residents who need an extra hand to overcome poverty or homelessness.

Program Name Contact Description
North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (855) 462-5465 This government agency provides help for seniors who are unable to pay their rent or who need help finding emergency housing.
Ohio

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Ohio.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Ohio.

Additional Resources

Grants are available in Ohio to help with rent, mortgage or utility payments.

Program Name Contact Description
Home Relief Grant Contact the nearest Community Action Agency. Those who need urgent help to pay rent or mortgage payments can access the program for emergency grants.
Pennsylvania

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Pennsylvania.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Pennsylvania.

Additional Resources

Financial help is available if you’re unable to pay rent and are at risk of becoming homeless in Pennsylvania.

Program Name Contact Description
General Assistance (800) 692-7462 Low-income seniors who are unable to earn money through work or other means due to a mental or physical handicap can access monthly general assistance payments, which can be used to cover housing and other costs.
Homeless Assistance (800) 692-7462 The state’s homeless assistance programs include rental assistance, utility assistance, emergency housing and case management.
Rhode Island

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Rhode Island.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Rhode Island.

Additional Resources

There are several programs available in Rhode Island to help you overcome homelessness and gain access to the supports you need.

Program Name Contact Description
RI Coordinated Entry System (401) 277-4316 This program helps seniors and other homeless individuals to move through the system quickly and access grants, financial assistance and other services necessary to quickly find permanent housing.
Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development (401) 222-4494 This agency coordinates and administers programs aimed at ending homelessness in Rhode Island, including emergency housing, rental assistance programs and transitional housing.
South Carolina

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in South Carolina.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in South Carolina.

Additional Resources

Resources to help with rental costs, as well as transitional housing, are available throughout South Carolina.

Program Name Contact Description
Homeless No More (803) 602-6379 Homeless No More is a nonprofit organization that helps seniors and families end homelessness. It provides emergency shelters, transitional housing and affordable rentals.
SC Stay Plus (803) 336-3420 SC Stay Plus offers up to 12 months of rent and utility assistance for individuals in South Carolina who are at risk of becoming homeless.
South Dakota

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in South Dakota.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in South Dakota.

Additional Resources

As a senior in South Dakota, there are programs available to help you avoid or overcome homelessness.

Program Name Contact Description
Continuum of Care (605) 773-3445 Throughout the state, a variety of agencies operate within this network to provide homeless citizens with necessary services and supports, including emergency shelter, food and medical care.
SD Cares Housing Assistance Program 2-1-1 Seniors and other individuals in South Dakota who’ve been impacted negatively by COVID-19 and related economic crises can apply for rental assistance through the SD Cares Housing Assistance Program.
Tennessee

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Tennessee.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Tennessee.

Additional Resources

If you’re struggling to find housing in Tennessee, there are agencies that can provide rental assistance or temporary shelter.

Program Name Contact Description
HOPE Program

 

(615) 862-7368 The HOPE Program is designed to help Tennessee residents who’ve been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It helps its participants access secure housing and other supports, including food and health care services.
Texas

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Texas.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Texas.

Additional Resources

Texas offers a variety of programs to help you get back on your feet if you’re homeless or may become homeless.

Program Name Contact Description
Texas Health and Human Services (800) 273-8255 Permanent supportive housing and rental assistance programs are available for individuals who are struggling financially.
Housing Choices (877) 541-7905 Housing Choices helps homeless seniors and other individuals in need to access emergency shelters, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing.
Utah

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Utah.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Utah.

Additional Resources

If you’re homeless or facing homelessness in Utah, there are housing and rental assistance programs that can offer the help you need.

Program Name Contact Description
Catholic Community Services (801) 977-9119 Catholic Community Services provides emergency rental assistance and can connect seniors with low-income rentals throughout the state.
Salt Lake Community Action (801) 359-2444 This organization offers help with rental payments and damage deposits for those transitioning out of homelessness.
Utah Nonprofit Housing Corporation (801) 364-6117 Low-income seniors can rely on this program to help them access affordable housing in safe neighborhoods.
Vermont

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Vermont.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Vermont.

Additional Resources

Transitional housing and rental assistance programs are available to help you end or avoid homelessness in Vermont.

Program Name Contact Description
Emergency/General Assistance Contact nearest Department for Children and Families office Seniors facing an emergency need, such as rent or utility bills, may be eligible to receive emergency assistance from the state.
Virginia

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Virginia.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Virginia.

Additional Resources

If you can’t afford to pay your rent, Virginia offers financial assistance for eligible seniors and other residents.

Program Name Contact Description
Virginia Rent Relief Program (833) 736-8735 The Rent Relief Program is exclusive to seniors and other individuals whose income has been reduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in past-due rent payments.
Washington

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Washington.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Washington.

Additional Resources

The state of Washington provides several programs to help you cover rental costs if you’re nearing eviction, as well as other assistance programs if you’re homeless.

Program Name Contact Description
Treasury Rent Assistance Program Contact the nearest provider This program helps Washington residents cover past-due and current rent payments if their income has been impacted by COVID-19.
Eviction Rent Assistance Contact the nearest provider Seniors and other Washington residents who are at risk of eviction can access emergency funds to cover rent and utility costs.
West Virginia

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in West Virginia.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in West Virginia.

Additional Resources

If you’re in West Virginia, you can access rental and utility assistance through the state’s Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program.

Program Name Contact Description
Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program

 

(866) 623-6284 This program can provide up to 18 months of assistance for utility and rental payments, as well as a one-time $300 stipend for internet expenses, intended to help seniors and other recipients access telemedicine, distance learning or work.
Wisconsin

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Wisconsin.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Wisconsin.

Additional Resources

Wisconsin provides emergency rental assistance options for seniors and other individuals who are at risk of homelessness.

Program Name Contact Description
Emergency Rental Assistance Program Apply online Wisconsin’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides rental assistance and utility assistance for up to 12 months. Eligible seniors must be at risk of eviction and have a household income at or below 80% of the area’s median.
Pillars (920) 734-9192 Pillars provides emergency shelters and access to affordable housing to Wisconsin residents.
Wyoming

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Wyoming.

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Wyoming.

Additional Resources

If you’re struggling with a housing emergency in Wyoming, there are several options available to provide you with assistance.

Program Name Contact Description
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (877) 996-3727 Eligible seniors who are unable to pay for rent or utilities can apply for financial help through this program.
Homeless Services Homeless Services can provide help with emergency shelter and meals for seniors and other individuals who are homeless throughout Wyoming.