Housing & Home Services
Help with housing services including foreclosures, rent and mortgage assistance, subsidized housing, emergency and transitional housing, and services to make your home more comfortable and efficient.
Click on the links below to find programs and services statewide or click on the counties under each category for resources available in each county.
Eviction Prevention Assistance – Programs that provide assistance for people are being evicted, either wrongfully or with reason, from their apartments or other rental property. Also included are programs that attempt to prevent eviction and possible homelessness by providing mediation services to negotiate a compromise between an individual and the landlord Also Called: Eviction Notice Assistance, Eviction Prevention Mediation, Three Day Notice Assistance, Wrongful Eviction Assistance
Foreclosures – Programs that provide assistance for people who are unable to make their mortgage payments and at risk of losing their homes through foreclosure or who are already in the foreclosure process. Services may include information about the foreclosure process, legal timelines and how to contact and negotiate with a lender; assessment of the homeowner’s financial situation and development of a plan to address homeownership and financial issues; in-depth financial counseling regarding foreclosure avoidance options and/or options that involve leaving the home; advocacy with lenders, when necessary; and referrals to foreclosure prevention resources. Also included may be programs that provide mediation services to negotiate a compromise between the individual and the financial institution that holds their mortgage in order to avoid foreclosure. Also Called: Mortgage Delinquency and Default Counseling
Free Furniture – Programs that provide furniture for people who need it. Available items depend on what has been donated and is on hand at any given time. The collection may include but does not specialize in adapted furniture, baby furniture or other specific items.
Halfway Houses – Community-based, peer-group-oriented, residential facilities that provide food, shelter and recovery services in a supportive, non-drinking, drug-free environment for people who have completed a hospital or residential primary substance abuse rehabilitation program and need continued support in a residential setting to sustain their recovery. Services may include case management, relapse prevention counseling, 12-step meetings, educational and vocational planning, recreational activities and assistance in obtaining health, social, vocational and other services available in the community. Residents are expected to abide by house rules which vary from facility to facility. The objective is to help people who are recovering from substance abuse bridge the gap between intensive treatment and independent sober living. Also Called: Primary Recovery Homes, Recovery Homes
Handyworker Volunteers – Organizations that are actively seeking individuals with the requisite skills and experience who are willing, on a voluntary basis without remuneration, to make minor repairs to the homes of older adults, people with disabilities, low income individuals and others the organization serves. Also Called: Handy Helper Volunteer Opportunities
Home Maintenance/Minor Repairs – Programs that provide assistance for people who need to do routine maintenance on their homes or make minor repairs. Also Called: Handyman Programs, Handyworker Programs, Home Repair Services, Household Chores
Home Modification/Rehabilitation Programs – Programs that provide assistance in the form of labor and supplies for seniors and people with disabilities who need to install ramps, elevators, stair glides or lifts; widen doorways; install grab bars in showers and bathrooms; lower kitchen and other cabinets; or make other modifications in their homes or apartments to make them accessible. Also included are programs that assess the accessibility of homes and apartments of seniors and people who have disabilities and make recommendations regarding necessary modifications. Programs that provide assistance for people who need to make essential repairs to their homes in order to eliminate health or safety hazards or improve their security. Most home rehabilitation programs cover major repairs, system upgrades and replacements (e.g., plumbing, heating or electrical systems) but not minor repairs. Also Called: Disability Related Home Modifications, ERP Program, HASI Home Accessibility Evaluations, Home Accessibility Modifications/Adaptations, Home Adaptation for Seniors Independence, Home Modifications, Housing Modification, Housing Modifications, Home Renovation Programs, Housing Rehabilitation
Homeless Shelters – Programs that provide a temporary place to stay (usually three days to two weeks), generally in dormitory-style facilities with very little privacy, for people who have no permanent housing. Also included may be programs that may provide motel vouchers for people who are homeless. Also Called: Emergency Shelters
Household Goods Donations – Programs that accept new or secondhand furniture, appliances, kitchenware, linens, cleaning supplies and other consumer products for use in the household, refurbish them if necessary, and keep them for use in their own programs, donate them to other community-based organizations for distribution to the people they serve, or sell them to raise money for agency programs. Also Called: Handyman Programs, Handyworker Programs, Home Repair Services, Household Chores
Housing Discrimination Assistance – Programs that provide assistance for people who believe that they have been denied an opportunity to purchase, lease or rent the home or apartment of their choice due to their age, gender, family composition, race or ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.
Also Called: Equal Housing Opportunity, Enforcement, Fair Housing Housing Equity
Landlord/Tenant Assistance – Programs that provide assistance, information and support for tenants and/or landlords who are involved in rental housing disputes; or which administer state laws or local ordinances which govern rent control and other aspects of tenant/landlord relations.
Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing – Housing programs that make rental housing more readily available to homeless people and/or low-income individuals and families (those below 50% of the area’s median income). Some complexes or housing units may be reserved for low-income older adults, people with disabilities and/or other special populations. Also Called: Below Market Rental Housing, Low Cost Rental Housing, Low Income Rental Housing, Rent Geared To Income, RGI, Subsidized Housing
Mortgage Payment Assistance – Programs that make mortgage payments for people who are at risk of losing their homes without assistance. Mortgage payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements. Also Called: Mortgage Default Assistance
Rent Payment Assistance – Programs that make rental payments for people who are at risk of eviction without assistance. Rent payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements. Also Called: Financial Assistance for Rent, Help With Rent, Rent Aid, Rental Aid, Rental Assistance, Rental Housing Subsidies, Rent Assistance, Rent Banks, Rent Help, Rent Subsidies, Rent Subsidy Programs
Rental Deposit Assistance – Programs that provide cash grants or loans for people who are in the process of acquiring rental housing and who can handle the monthly rental payments, but who do not have the assets to pay the first month’s rent, in some cases, the last month’s rent, and any security deposits required to move in. Also Called: Damage Deposit Assistance, First and Last Month’s Assistance, First Month Rental Assistance, Last Month Rental Assistance, Move In Costs Assistance, Security Deposit Assistance
Transitional Shelter – Programs that provide extended shelter and supportive services for homeless individuals and/or families with the goal of helping them live independently and transition into permanent housing. Some programs require that the individual/family be transitioning from a short-term emergency shelter. Also Called: Bridge Housing For Homeless People, Bridge Housing for Victims of Domestic Abuse, Bridge Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence, Post Domestic Violence Shelter Housing, Second Stage Housing, Transitional Housing, Transition in Place Transitional Housing Programs
Weatherization Programs – Programs that provide assistance in the form of labor and supplies to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes and protect them from the elements. The program provides ceiling insulation, attic venting, double glazed windows, weather-stripping, minor housing envelope repairs, low-flow showerheads, evaporative cooler vent covers, water heater blankets, pipe wrap, duct wrap, switch and outlet gaskets, caulking, and other related energy conservation measures. Weatherization programs may have age, income, disability or other eligibility requirements. Also Called: Home Weatherization Programs, Home Winterization Programs, Insulation Installation, Weather Stripping Installation, Winterization Programs