Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance

In addition to the free legal clinic, Housing Crisis Center’s Homeless Prevention Services include housing and utility assistance programs. These programs provide emergency financial assistance to households facing evictions and or utility shut-offs. These events often lead to homelessness, and serve as barriers to being housed in the future.

The goal is to stabilize those at risk of becoming homeless, while providing support services necessary to help resolve the underlying circumstances that may be contributing to their housing problems. Program participants stay safely housed, allowing kids to remain in school, providing continuity for the entire household.

The amount paid depends on a household’s income, and available resources, and is subject to some limitations. Commitments for assistance are made first-come-first-serve, with all documentation and eligibility requirements being met, upon applying. Applicants lacking adequate resources to maintain the residence after the emergency assistance is provided, may be required to take part in a financial literacy assessment and Coaching sessions needed to develop the skills necessary to remain self-sufficient.

For more information on applying, or for a list of other agencies that may provide similar financial assistance, please contact us at: 214.828.4244.