How to Get Emergency Financial Help to Prevent Homelessness

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Receiving emergency financial assistance to prevent homelessness is crucial in protecting families and individuals from hardship. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as many states, have adopted special programs to assist families and individuals at risk of losing their homes or apartments. It is important to immediately contact a qualified agency or organization responsible for administering the emergency financial assistance programs and not wait for eviction to occur.

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  • Personal financial information
  • Dial 2-1-1 and request information for HUD’s emergency shelter assistance program providers in your area. Write down the information they provide, including the agency contact number and address.

  • Contact that agency and request an application. Provide any requested financial and personal information.

  • Complete the application for financial assistance. Keep a copy for your records.

  • Submit the application to the agency or organization.

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