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help with housing: I recently broke up with my boyfriend and since our place was in his name I had to leave.

I recently broke up with my boyfriend and since our place was in his name I had to leave. I have very bad credit and I need a place to move. I am a single mother of 5 children and currently 8 months pregnant. If anyone knows of a landlord that will rent to someone with bad credit or any other advice I would greatly appreciate it.
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Rental Assistance Help For Residents Of Alabama

Subsidized Apartments
HUD helps apartment owners offer reduced rents to low-income tenants.  To apply, contact or visit the management office of each apartment building that interests you.

 -   Search for a subsidized apartment

Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)
To apply for either type of help, visit your local Public Housing Agency (PHA).

 -   PHAs in Alabama
 -   Links to PHA websites

Some PHAs have long waiting lists, so you may want to apply at more than one PHA. Your PHA can also give you a list of locations at which your voucher can be used.

Need advice?
 -   Contact a housing counseling agency

Other Alabama Resources
 -   Local tenant rights, laws and protections
 -   Help with your utility bills
 -   Find units for rent in rural Alabama
 -   Independent living centers - for seniors and people with disabilities
 -   Alabama Housing Finance Authority  - resources for housing education and programs
 -   Search for Federal Tax Credit rental housing
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Assistance With Buying A House In Alabama

Owning a home is a big part of the American Dream. Here are some resources that can help you buy, maintain and keep your home.

Getting Started
 -   Housing counseling agencies  - free or low-cost counseling services for buying, renting, defaults, foreclosures, credit issues and reverse mortgages
 -   Predatory lending  - beware - whether you're buying or refinancing your home, don't become a victim of unfair lending practices

Buying a Home
 -   Assistance programs  - resources and programs to help you buy and maintain your home
 -   HUD homes for sale
 -   Homeownership vouchers  - some public housing agencies help you become a homeowner through the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program

Owning and Maintaining Your Home
 -   Home repairs  - money for home improvements and repairs
 -   Avoid foreclosure - don't lose your home

Other Alabama Resources
 -   Extended homeowner warranties
 -   FHA-accepted protection plans
 -   Housing resources for seniors
 -   Legal assistance
 -   Help with your utility bills
 -   Disaster relief and emergency assistance
 -   Health and environmental information  - safeguard your home and family
 -   Rural housing programs
 -   Housing resources for Native Americans
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Central Ohio Lutheran Social Services Affordable Housing Resources

LSS provides housing for more than 900 people who qualify based upon income and age or disability-related criteria. For many seniors living on a fixed income, LSS Affordable Housing Communities offer an opportunity to ease their financial worries. Residents agree that without LSS, they would probably be living in a costly and unsafe apartment. But most importantly, residents find dignity in the safe and caring environment of our communities.

Currently LSS offers 19 Affordable Housing sites:


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Applewood Place, Mansfield, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an

application, contact: (419) 774-0730

Applewood Place II, Mansfield, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (419) 775-0081
Centerburg Place, Centerburg, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (740) 625-5669
Chadwick Place, Marion, Ohio - 62 years or older.
For an application, contact: (740) 725-9303
Greenfield Place, Groveport, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (614) 836-5867
Grovewood Place I & II, Grove City, Ohio - 62 years or older
or an application, contact: (614) 539-1022
The Good Shepherd Villa, Ashland, Ohio - 62 years or older. In addition, 10% of the units can be rented to individuals of any age with mobility or hearing impairments who would benefit from the special design features.
For an application, contact: (419) 289-3523 ext. 5440
The Manor at Howland Glen, Warren, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (330) 609-8066
The Little Brook Place, Columbus, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (614) 759-8347
Mt. Pleasant Place, Lancaster, Ohio - 62 years or older. In addition, 10% of the units can be rented to individuals of any age with mobility or hearing impairments who would benefit from the special design features.
For an application, contact: (740) 681-9659
North Community Place, Columbus, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (614) 842-2025
Oakhurst Place, Delaware, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (740) 369-5267
Pleasant View Place, Lancaster, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (740) 689-1113
Stone House Place, Bridgeport, Ohio - 62 years or older. In addition, 10% of the units can be rented to individuals of any age with mobility or hearing impairments who would benefit from the special design features.
For an application, contact: (740) 633-9929
Stratford Place, Columbus, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (614) 878-7257
Tubman Towers, Springfield, Ohio - 55 years or older
For an application, contact: (937) 325-7371
Village Place, Columbus, Ohio - 62 years or older
For an application, contact: (614) 275-9850
Woodridge Place, Columbus, Ohio - any age, mobility or hearing impaired
For an application, contact: (614) 272-8960

For more information, contact:

LSS Affordable Housing Services
500 W. Wilson Bridge Rd. Ste. 245
Worthington, Ohio 43085-2238
(614) 228-5200
Fax (614) 458-1066

Or click here to request more information.

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Clackamas County, Oregon Down Payment Assistance For Buying A House

The Community Development Division (CDD) works with lenders to offer the Clackamas Homebuyer Assistance Program (CHAP). The CHAP program can loan up to $14,000 to help qualified first-time homebuyers pay for downpayment and reasonable closing costs. CHAP loans are zero-percent interest deferred-payment loans.
Prior to obtaining a CHAP loan the first-time homebuyer must:

  1. Complete an approved homebuyer training class.
    Click here for a list of homebuyer training class.
  2. Be approved for primary financing through an FHA-approved lender.


  • Allow a minimum of 30 days from submission to closing.
  • Allow a minimum of 5 working days from submission to property inspection by this office. 

To be an "Eligible Applicant", the homebuyer must:

  • Meet the HUD definition of a “first-time homebuyer” which means the buyer has not owned a home during the past 3 years, or is a displaced homemaker, or is a single parent.
  • Be low-income. 
    CHAP Income Limits
    as of May 2010
    Number in Household 80% of Median
  • Demonstrate a financial need for CHAP assistance.
  • Complete a homebuyer education program approved by the County.

To be a "Qualified Borrower", the homebuyer must:

  • Have sufficient income to qualify for and support the primary debt.
  • Be pre-qualified by a primary lender.  (Contract sales are not allowed.)
  • Have good credit.
  • Contribute $1,000 in cash toward the purchase from the buyer’s own funds.

To be an "Eligible Property", the house must: 

  • Be located in Clackamas County.
  • Have a purchase price less than $304,950.
  • Meet the definition of affordable, standard single family housing (a single unit).
  • Meet property standards and pass HQS inspection.
  • Be free of chipped or peeling paint if the house was built before 1978.
  • Not be occupied by a tenant unless the buyer is the tenant.

Contacts:  Gloria Lewton or Lori Stomps, 503-655-8591.

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Alabama Homeless Service Organizations

Need help? We've listed some local resources that can provide assistance.

Alabama has eight continuums of care organizations that coordinate services for the homeless regionally. If you are homeless and need help, or if you would like to help others, these organizations may put you in touch with those who provide direct services.

City names that are underlined are linked to a crisis line serving that area.

Homeless Service Organizations - Alabama

Bessemer, Birmingham, Hoover/Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair Counties

One Roof (formerly MBSH)
Mr. Stefan Kertesz, Board Chairman
Ms. Michelle Farley, Executive Director
1704 5th Ave., North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone (205) 254-8833
Fax: (205) 951-9055

Florence/Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Winston and Lawrence Counties

Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama
John Corbin, Chairman
PO Box 98
Florence, AL 35631
Phone (256) 383-5610 Ext. 228
Fax (256) 760-6344

Huntsville, Decatur/Madison, Limestone and Morgan Counties

North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless
Mr. Ollie Orton, President
Ms. Lineise Arnold, Executive director
PO Box 2991
Huntsville, AL 35804
Phone (256) 551-1610 Ext. 223
Fax (256) 551-0722

Montgomery/Montgomery, Elmore, Lowndes and Bullock Counties

Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (MACH)
Ms. Stephanie Paul, President
Ms. Molly Stone, Executive Director
PO Box 242201
Montgomery, AL 36124-2201
Phone (334) 261-6182
Fax (334) 265-3391

Mobile/Mobile and Baldwin Counties

Housing First, Inc.
Mr. Larry Moons, Board President
Mr. Dan Williams, Executive Director
2900 Old Shell Road
Mobile, AL 36607
Phone (251) 450-3345
Fax (251) 450-3348

Tuscaloosa/Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa Continuum of Care Group
C.H.A.L.E.N.G. of Tuscaloosa
Ms. LaShonda Hayes, President
West Alabama Outreach, Inc.
PO Box 2947, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
Phone (205) 759-8470
Fax (205) 366-9001

Anniston, Gadsden/Calhoun and Etowah Counties

Homeless Coalition of Northeast Alabama (HCNEA)
Ms. Tara Breiner, Chairman
Ms. Becky Henson, Co-Chairman
The Salvation Army
PO Box 218
Anniston, AL 36202
Phone (256) 236-5643

Balance of the State of Alabama

Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless
Ms. Lillian Zaworski, President
PO Box 451
Montgomery, AL 36101
Phone (334) 387-1208
Fax (334) 842-4803

Russell County (AL) and Muscogee County (GA)

Metropolitan Columbus Task Force for the Homeless, Inc.
Ms. Elizabeth Dillard, Executive Director
PO Box 811
Columbus, GA 31902
Phone (706) 571-3399
Fax (706) 571-0707

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Maryland Homeless Assistance Information

Search for Services
 -   Maryland Local Departments of Social Service  - this site provides a locater and descriptions of Maryland's shelter, food pantry and other low- income assistance programs
 -   Help hotlines
 -   City of Baltimore Homeless Services

Are you at risk of losing your home?
 -   Contact a housing counselor
 -   Avoid foreclosure
 -   Help with your utility bills

Other Maryland Resources
 -   Food banks
 -   Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
 -   Homeless service groups
 -   Legal assistance
 -   Social Security offices
 -   Homeless veterans
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Idaho Programs That Help With Homeownership

Need help buying a home? You may qualify for one of these programs.

Blaine County Housing Authority - affordable homeownership opportunities in Blaine County

City of Boise - an opportunity for low/mod income persons/families to purchase a home in the Boise City Limits

City of Nampa - transforming foreclosed properties into community assets

Community contacts - find out if your community offers HUD assisted down payment or closing cost help

Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership - limited income families helping each other build their homes

FHA - Over the past decade, more than 80,000 Idaho families have used FHA-insured mortgages to buy their homes. Maybe an FHA mortgage will work for you. Find out more about FHA's purchase mortgage. FHA "rehab & repair" mortgage, its energy-efficient mortgage or its reverse mortgage. It's been the "safe, sound and smart" way to go for 80,000 Idaho homebuyers.Maybe your family will be next.

Habitat for Humanity - through volunteer labor, builds and rehabilitates houses for families in need

Homeownership vouchers - some public housing agencies help you become a homeowner through the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program

 -   Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority
 -   Pocatello Housing Authority
 -   Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority (208) 467-7461

Idaho Development and Housing Organization - Mutual Self-help and Self-help Home Ownership Programs in Region 3 (Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington Counties)

Idaho Housing and Finance Association - homebuyer programs, including down payment and closing cost assistance

Mercy Housing Idaho - limited income families helping each other build their homes

Neighborhood Housing Services - low-interest mortgage products statewide to help low and moderate-income families purchase or rehabilitate homes

North Idaho Housing Coalition - purchases foreclosed houses, renovates them as needed, and then offers them for sale to qualified buyers below appraised value

Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services - PNHS builds affordable housing and rehabilitates homes for resale

Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency - neighbors helping neighbors build

USDA Rural Development - homebuyer programs in rural communities

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Chicago, Illinois Shelters And Emergency Housing Assistance

Shelters Address Phone
American Red Cross 727 N. Church Street
Rockford, Illinois 61103
(217) 963-8471
American Red Cross
Second Chance Shelter East St. Louis
240 N. 6th. St East
St. Louis, Missouri 62201-3001
(618) 482-5662
BCMW Community Services, Inc. 909 E. Rexford
Centralia, Illinois 62801
(618) 532-7143
Beds Plus P.O. Box 2035
LaGrange, IL 60525
(708) 354-0858
Carver Community Action P.O. Box 28 
235 East Main
Galesburg, Illinois 61402-0028
(309) 342-0158
Catholic Charities 60100th Street
North Chicago
671 S. Lewis Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
(847) 782-4000
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet 611 E. Cass St
Joliet, Illinois 60432
(815) 774-4663
Catholic Urban Programs
Holy Angel Shelter
1410 N. 37th East
St. Louis, Illinois 62205
(618) 874-4079
CEFS Economic Oppor. Corp. P.O. Box 928 
1805 South Banker
Effingham, Illinois 62401
(217) 342-4701
Central Illinois Economic Dev. Corp. 1800 - 5th St
Lincoln, Illinois 62656
(217) 732-2159
Community Crisis Center, Inc. P.O. Box 1390
37 South Geneva
Elgin, Illinois 60121
(847) 697-2380
Connection Resource Service, Inc. 3001 Green Bay Rd. Bldg 5
North Chicago, Illinois 60064
(847) 689-4357
Connections for the Homeless: Hilda's Place 1458 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
(847) 424-0945
Ext 11
Contact Ministries 1100 East Adams St.
Springfield, Illinois 62703
(217) 753-3939
Crisis Center for South Suburbia Tinley Park, Illinois 60477 (708) 429-7233
Danville Rescue Mission P.O. Box 1485
834 North Bowman
Danville, Illinois 61832-1485
(217) 446-7223
Daybreak Family Support Center 611 East Cass Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432
(815) 774-4663
DuPage P.A.D.S. 705 W. Liberty
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
(630) 682-3846
Family Shelter Service P.O. Box 3404
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60138
(630) 469-5650
F.A.C.C. 514 S. Chicago Avenue
Freeport, Illinois 61032
(217) 233-0435
Good Samaritan House 1825 Delmar
Granite City, Illinois 62040-4508
(618) 876-0607
Good Samaritan Ministries 701 S. Marion
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
(618) 457-5794
Grace House (women and women with children) 851 E. Cantrell
PO Box 1215
Decatur, Illinois 62525
(217) 422-8064
Groundwork 1550 Plainfield Road
Joiet, Illinois 60435
(815) 729-1228
Helping Hands of Springfield, Inc. 200 S. 11th Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703
(217) 522-0048
Home of the Sparrow, Inc 6213A Factory Road
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
(815) 444-1660
Home Sweet Home Mission, Inc. 303 E. Oakland Avenue
Bloomington, Illinois 61701-5292
(309) 828-7356
Hope Haven 1145 Rushmoore Drive
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
(815) 758-3166
Hope in Christ Ministries 1515 S. 14th
Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864
(618) 241-9307
Illinois Valley Public Action
To Deliver Shelter
1120 Canal St
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
(815) 433-1292
Illinois Valley Public Action
To Deliver Shelter
132 Menard Ave. Peru, Illinois 61354 (815) 224-3047
Lazarus House 214 Walnut Street
St. Charles, Illinois 60174-2836
(630) 587-2144
Madonna House P.O. Box 246
405 South 12th St.
Quincy, Illinois 62306
(217) 224-7771
McHenry County P.A.D.S. 14411 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
(815) 338-5231
MCS Community Services 345 West State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
(217) 243-9404
Morning Star Mission 350 East Washington
St Joliet, Illinois 60433
(815) 722-5780
Mutual Ground, Inc. P.O. Box 843
Aurora, Illinois 60507
(630) 897-0080
Outreach Community Ministries, Inc. 122 West Liberty Drive
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
(630) 682-1910
PADS Crisis Services 3001 Green Bay Road - Bldg. #5
North Chicago, IL 60064
(847) 689-4357 x 122
PADS of Elgin Inc. 1730 Berkley St. Elgin, IL 60120 (847) 608-9744
Peoria Citizens Committee for
Econ. Opportunity, Inc.
711 W. McBean
Peoria, Illinois 61605
(309) 671-3900
Public Action To Deliver Shelter, Inc. 659 S. River Street
Aurora, Illinois 60506-5551
(630) 897-2156
Respond Now 1439 Emerald Ave
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411
(708) 755-4357
Saint Monica's Center 109 East Lawrence Ave
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 523-7922
The Phoenix Group Foundation of Centralia 727 S. Locust St.
Centralia, Illinois 62801
(618) 533-9639
The Salvation Army 525 Alby Street
P.O. Box 524
Alton, Illinois 62002-0524
(618) 465-7764
The Salvation Army 4102 W. Main
Belleville, Illinois 62226-5806
(618) 236-2167
The Salvation Army 611 W. Washington
P.O. Box 3186
Bloomington, Illinois 61701-3186
(309) 829-9476
The Salvation Army 119 E. University
Champaign, Illinois 61820
(217) 373-7832
The Salvation Army 301 W. 6th St
Davenport, Iowa 52803
(319) 324-4808
The Salvation Army 106 W. Exchange
Freeport, Illinois 61032
(217) 235-7639
The Salvation Army 148 N. Harrison Ave
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
(815) 933-8421
The Salvation Army 417 N.E. Adams
Peoria, Illinois 61603
(309) 655-7272
The Salvation Army 400 Broadway
Quincy, Illinois 62301
(217) 222-2087
The Salvation Army 530 N. 6th Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702
(217) 525-2196
The Salvation Army P.O. Box 358
117 South Bloomington
Streator, Illinois 61364
(217) 672-2746
The Salvation Army - Family Haven
237 S. Main Hillsboro
3744 Lindell
St. Louis, Missouri 63109-0787
(314) 646-3000
Shelter Care Ministries 412 N. Church Street
Rockford, Illinois 61103
(815) 964-5520
South Suburban Family Shelter, Inc. P.O. Box 937
Homewood, Illinois 60430
(708) 335-3028
Southern Seven Health Dept. #37 Rustic Campus Drive
Ullin, Illinois 62992
(618) 634-2297
Stopping Woman Abuse Now P.O. Box 176
Olney, Illinois 62450
(618) 392-3556
TIMES Center 70 E. Washington St.
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 398-7785
Transitional Mental Health Services
Community Counseling Center
460 Garfield St. East Wing
Aurora, Illinois 60506
(630) 896-2223
Tri-County Opportunities Council P.O. Box 610
405 Emmons Ave.
Rock Falls, Illinois 61071
(217) 625-7830
Two Rivers Regional
Council of Public Officials
Franklin Square/4th & State St
Quincy, Illinois 62301
(217) 224-8171
Volunteer Services, Inc. 410 West Main St
West Frankfort, Illinois 62896
(618) 937-3581
Wabash Area Development, Inc. P.O. Box 70
100 North Latham
Enfield, Illinois 62835
(618) 963-2387
West Suburban PADS West Suburban PADS
PO Box 797
Oak Park, IL  60303
(708) 338-1724 or 
(888) 338-1744
YMCA-Metro Chicago/SW YMCA 3801 West 127th St
Alsip, Illinois 60803
(708) 385-6700
YWCA of Danville 201 North Hazel
Danville, Illlinois 61832
(217) 446-1217
YWCA Shelter for Battered Women and Their Children Evanston, Illinois (Toll Free)
(877) 418-1868
YWCA of Peoria 714 Hamilton Blvd
Peoria, Illinois 61603
(309) 674-1167
Williamson County Family Crisis Center 514 N. 18th Street
P.O. Box 2066
Herrin, Illinois 62948
(618) 988-8020

*We work very hard to keep this list up to date, but it is constantly changing and we can only do it with your help. If you see an error or something that needs to be changed, please send us an email.

Shelters in the City of Chicago

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Hello to all my Name is Holly and I was writing this to get help with housing I lost my dad in may of 2009 and my grandmother has been helping me with a place to live but we just found out my dads brother has methsemolia the same my thing my dad had. I have kids and really need help I am located in Litchfield IL and would like to find a place around that area if anyone knows of any help please let me know! my grandma can not support me no more cause all the illness in the family

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Oregon Cash Assistance for Low Income Families


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Temporary assistance for needy families (TANF)


The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides cash assistance to low-income families with children while they strive to become self-sufficient. The program's goal is to reduce the number of families living in poverty, through employment and community resources

To qualify for TANF, families must have very few assets and little or no income. The current maximum monthly benefit for a family of three is $528.


Applying for TANF


You can apply for TANF by downloading an application and instructions below.  You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view these PDF files. You can download the free software at


These application forms should be printed and filled out by hand and then brought or sent to a local DHS Self-sufficiency office.


 English (PDF, 169 KB)

 Spanish (PDF, 1.46 MB)

 Russian (PDF, 335 KB)

 Vietnamese (PDF, 270 KB)



Other services


Many families in the TANF program receive help with needs such as employment, housing, child care, domestic violence and other factors that affect family stability.




The intent of the Pre-TANF Program is to provide initial screening and case management to families applying for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This may include cash assistance as necessary to complete the plan and meet basic living expenses when other resources are not available.


Before Pre-TANF Program services begin, an assessment of the immediate unmet needs and strengths of the whole family is completed, eligibility is determined for Food Stamps and TANF-related medical benefits, and TANF eligibility factors are reviewed for presumed eligibility. A family may remain in the Pre-TANF program for as little as one day or up to 45-days, depending on the family's situation.


Pre-TANF includes an orientation on activities and services available in the local area. Case workers and other agency partners will assist clients in identifying family strengths as well as needs.  While in Pre-TANF clients will:

      Learn about other resources that may be available, like child support or SSI (Social Security)
      Use job search and job readiness activities to find and prepare for work.
      Learn more about how to get the job they want.

In Pre-TANF, DHS can help pay for childcare and transportation while clients look for work. DHS can also help pay for items needed to start a job. Examples include uniforms, special tools and car repairs.


Post-TANF Program


The goal of the Post-TANF program is to provide parents who become ineligible for TANF due to income, a monthly grant of $100 for up to one year.  Post-TANF clients must stay employed and work a minimum number of hours per week.  This grant will help families with transitional expenses of employment.  There is an income cap of 250% of the federal poverty level.


Some other services that may assist families are:

    * Family Support & Connections
    * Alcohol or drug assessment and treatment
    * Child care
    * Domestic violence
    * Disability benefits
    * JOBS employment and training program
    * Housing
    * Mental health assessment and treatment
    * Medical care

The TANF program is administered by the Children, Adults and Families (CAF) Division of the Department of Human Services (DHS). All services are provided through local DHS offices.


Child support from absent parents


In addition, the Department of Human Services (DHS) works with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to help clients obtain child support from absent parents.  For help getting child support payments, contact Department of Justice.

Also see:   

      Oregon Helps, a Web site that can help you find out if you might be eligible for several programs that serve families and children.
      Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Policy

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Florida Information and Referral Search

Click the link for information for different counties in Florida regarding the following.  

2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.   Learn more about your local 2-1-1 by looking it up here.

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Texas Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families TANF


See above to access the information below and good luck.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides financial help for children and their parents or relatives who are living with them. Monthly cash payments help pay for food, clothing, housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, telephone, laundry, household equipment, medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid and other basic needs. The amount of the TANF payment depends on family size and income.

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TANF for Families

To receive TANF for Families, a family must be below income and resource limits set for the program. HHSC looks at a family’s income and compares it with the amount the family pays for basic needs such as rent, utilities, child care and work-related expenses. Resources such as cash on hand, money in the bank and type of vehicles are also considered.

Families who are approved for TANF will receive payments for six months. HHSC will send a renewal application to the family before the end of the six months.

Families who receive TANF benefits can also get Medicaid benefits. Families can choose if they want to receive one or both types of benefits.

HHSC provides TANF payments through the Lone Star Card – an electronic debit card that is used like a credit card at the cash register.

The total amount of time the parent or relative can receive TANF ranges from 12 to 36 months and is based on his or her education, work experience, and personal or economic situation. There are no time limits for children.

In most cases, a child must be under 18 years old to receive TANF. If an 18-year-old is a full-time student and is expected to graduate before he or she turns 19, TANF payments may be made until he or she graduates.

If a child’s parent or relative is also approved for TANF, the parent or relative must sign and follow the Personal Responsibility Agreement. By signing the Personal Responsibility Agreement the parent or relative agrees to:

    * Train for a job or look for employment if capable (assistance is provided by the Texas Workforce Commission).
    * Cooperate with child support requirements.
    * Not voluntarily quit a job.
    * Not abuse alcohol or drugs.
    * Take parenting skills classes if required.
    * Get medical screenings and all required immunizations for all children in the household (adults and children who receive TANF can get health care services through Medicaid).
    * Make sure that children are attending school.

One-Time TANF

One-time TANF provides $1,000 in cash for families in crisis. It can be given only once in a 12-month period to those who qualify.

To get a one-time TANF payment, families must meet the same income and resource limits required for “TANF for Families.” Those families who already get TANF payments cannot get a one-time TANF payment.

The purpose of one-time TANF is to help with a short-term crisis such as:

    * Loss of a job.
    * Loss of financial support for a child, such as child support or help paying living expenses (rent, utilities and food).
    * Not being able to find a job after graduating from a university, college, junior college or technical training school.
    * Not being able to get a job because vehicle is not working.
    * Loss of a home.
    * Medical emergency.

One-Time TANF Grandparent Payment

The One-Time TANF Grandparent Payment is $1,000 cash assistance given to a grandparent who cares for a child receiving TANF. To receive this assistance, a grandparent must be 45 years old or older and meet income and resource limits.

A grandparent can only receive this payment once, even though other grandchildren may move into his or her home at a later time. A grandparent cannot receive the payment if another grandparent already received the payment for the same grandchild.


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About C.Cutright

Hello everyone I am really in a bad spot and need some help. Well I'm a single mom with two boys one who is 2 years old and the other one is a month old. I'm going back to school next month because I am not working right now it is really hard to support my family, and I also wont have a place to live by the end of the month. So now I dont have a job have two kids and have nowhere to go could someone PLEASE HELP ME!! Im so depressed and upsit because I dont know what to do or how to fix this problem. Someone please help me out. Thank You!!

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About laniece2191

Im an 18 year old single mom of 3 kids ages ranging from 3 years old and 8 months. I would love for christmas for me and my kids to have our own place. My 3 year old says thats all she wants for christmas is her own space. that hurts me that i cant provide. me and my kids have nothing to our name. we are in desperate need of help. living in houston texas

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New Mexico Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs

What are Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs?

Emergency shelters and transitional programs provide temporary housing for homeless families and individuals. Many provide support services to help homeless people find permanent housing, to solve the problems that caused homelessness, and to enable families and individuals to live independently. Programs have their own eligibility requirements.

How will an Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Program help me?

The help you will get varies from one program to another. All shelters and transitional programs give you safe, clean housing and three meals per day. In addition, most shelters and transitional programs offer some or all of the following support services:

  • Counseling
  • Health screening
  • Transportation assistance
  • Housing search assistance
  • Job search assistance
  • Child care
  • English langugage instruction
  • Literacy and GED programs
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Referrals to other assistance programs


What Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Programs are available in New Mexico?

There are a number of emergency shelter or transitional housing programs available in New Mexico. If you live in Albuquerque and need homeless support services you can contact:

Heidiliza Jordan
Program Specialist
Family and Community Services
P.O. Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103-1293
Phone: 505-768-2844
Fax: 505-768-3204

If you live outside of Albuquerque and need homeless services contact:

Mark Oldknow
Communication and Development Director
New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
P.O. Box 865
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone: 505-982-9000
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Does anyone have a place that needs work done?

Does anyone have a place that needs work done on it, where we can live in  or around the  Everett,Wa area. My husband and myself along with our dogs need a place to move to  as soon as possible. We lived in this last place for  8 years working for our landloard.So having to move on short notice is very difficult for us. We would work very hard if someone would give us a chance,we just want to stay together.This is my family and I really love them,I need to figure this out so I don't let them down.If any one has any thoughts ....thank you and god bless. appreciated

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San Leandro, California Housing Programs

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The First Time Homebuyer Program provides up to a maximum of $30,000 in financial assistance to qualified low- and moderate-income borrowers for the purchase of their first home. The City's loan can be used toward down payment and/or closing costs. Eligible households are those with combined gross incomes at or below 120 percent of the area income, adjusted by household size. For additional information, please call (510) 577-6004.

First Time Homebuyer Program Brochure (English)

First Time Homebuyer Seminar September 26, 2009 Flyer (English)

First Time Homebuyer Program Brochure (Spanish)

First Time Homebuyer Seminar September 26, 2009 Flyer (Spanish)

First Time Homebuyer Program Brochure (Chinese)

First Time Homebuyer Seminar September 26, 2009 Flyer (Chinese)

For information on upcoming City and approved free first time homebuyer seminars (conducted by Bay Area Home Buyer Agency), please go to, or call (888) 572-1222, ext. 110.

Housing Rehabilitation Program - (510) 577-6008
The Housing Rehabilitation Program provides low-interest loans to low-income homeowners for major housing repairs such as roofing, plumbing, electrical, painting and seismic safety. Loans have an annual simple 3% interest, no monthly payments, but are paid upon sale of house, refinancing, or vacancy of premises by owner. The maximum loan amount is $35,000. Please use the Rehab Loan Application Form 1.01 to apply and refer to the Current HUD Income Limit to verify income qualifications.

The Housing Rehabilitation Program also provides grants to very low-income homeowners to pay for minor home repair, mobile home repair, accessibility, exterior paint, exterior yard clean-up and seismic strengthening (low-income households eligible). Please use the Grant Application Form 1.01(a) to apply and refer to the Grant Summary and Current HUD Income Limits to review the details of the program and verify income qualifications.

Housing Rehabilitation Program Flyer (English version);
Housing Rehabilitation Program Flyer (Spanish version);
Housing Rehabilitation Program Flyer (Chinese version)

Inclusionary Housing Program - (510) 577-6004 The Inclusionary Housing Program was created through the City's Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, which requires new residential development projects (including condominium conversions) to set-aside at least 15 percent of their units for moderate-, low-, and very low-income households. A new for-sale housing development with two to six total units has the option of providing one affordable unit for moderate-income households, or pay an in-lieu fee defined in the ordinance. The in-lieu fee does not apply to rental developments. New for-sale housing developments and condominium conversions involving less than two units and new rental housing developments with less than four units are exempt from this ordinance.

Rent Review Program - (510) 577-6004 The Rent Review Program offers mediation/arbitration of rent disputes between tenants and landlords. Mediation/arbitration is provided by a five-member community board appointed by the City Council. The Rent Review Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Please call the phone number above to determine if you have an eligible case for the Rent Review Board to consider.

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 (Logan at Pittsburgh Airport. We are Steeler Fans!)

My name is Jim and I am in a hard place today.  My wife and I moved here (to so cal) in 2006 to be closer to my family.  We had both been through a lot in our lives especially in the late 90s and early in the millenium (from 01 to 03).  After divorces and then a custody battle we found ourselves with a new baby, a new marriage, and new life in CA.  My family was great and has helped us a lot.  As an 16 year veteran classroom high school teacher, I got employed pretty quickly.  My wife got a job too but we needed to find better for her which we did after about 10 mos in CA when she began working with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office for Special Ed.  We were not getting rich but doing better than we had done in PA.  Especially in our rural area in Western PA between Pittsburgh and Erie. Even with the higher cost of living we were doing better here than there financially.  We did launch out on our on about 10 months into our first year here.  My wife had gone through a miscarriage and she wanted her space and a place to call hers so we found a place to rent.  We are still there but without help we won't be here anymore.   Also, flying there to see our kids who could not move with us and flying them to see us has been very expensive.  My wife tried to get a job with Southwest Airlines and got hired in 2008.  As she was beginnign training with them, her county job misunderstood an email and let her go.  Also I got laid off by my school district and have not found another school at which to teach.  This all happened last July 2009.

 I have been on unemployment but with our bills and both of us out of work, our savings is now gone and we are facing eviction from our house.  We have rented this house for almost 3 years and we have made it a home. Due to our financial situation we have learned to eat very little and learned to make do with the clothes we have owned for years.  Our 4 year old also has learned to put up with tight shoes and snug fitting clothes as we get through this time.  Our car has almost been repossessed by the bank, our phone rings with calls from creditors and we have had certain utilities shut off and turned on due to not having funds availalbe to make it.  I juggle a stressful and almost impossible situation everyday.  Prayer is support.

 As educated people and hard working people, it is very hard to be in these shoes.  We have tried to find other housing arrangments and we have tried to find work.  I have over 300 applications out for work from teaching to tutoring to warehouseing or truck driving.  Nothing is there!  My unemployment is about to end soon and we don't have much time left in our house before the landlord locks us out and he takes our furniture.  We don't have much, we buy everything second hand, but what we have is all we have and we have no place to go today.  Our credit scores won't let us borrow money from the bank and we don't want to be out in the street either. 

 My wife is now working in the health care industry taking care of challenged children and elderly as respite or "home' health care.  She has been here a month. She is doing great at it and has done that type of work for many years in the educational setting.  It does not pay well.  I have recently gotten my Insurance License in CA and I am working 1099 for a company doing financial services marketing.  As any new industry goes, the learning curve is steep and I am not making commissions yet.  My prayer is that soon I will get the right clients and the right market and begin to sell more products and provide good service.

In short, we need desperately someone to help us stay in our home or provide us with a home in the Chino, Ontario, Inland Empire Area so that we can stablize, keep our car and get back on our feet.  We want to be a blessing to our church, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills; and we want to fix our poor credit and be able to really reach out to others in the future with the blessings that the Lord gives us.  I have always given when I had.  I have given cars.  I have given cash, clothes, space in my home, transportation, hard work, etc.  I love to give and so does my beautiful wife.  Soon we will be back in that place again.  Now we are in need. Thanks for considering being a blessing to us and for reading my story. 








  PIC.Lft   Tyler (17), Alyssa (15), Esther (14), Emilie (16), Logan (4)

                                                                 PICrt: Alyssa, Lisa & Logan, Jim (me), Tyler


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Words of advice to low-income families

Words of advice to low-income families...

There is help out there. Advice to single moms...Apply for foodstamps, if u have a child under 1 yrs. sighn up for tanif because you will be exempt from the work program. Wait until u find a job until after u sighn up for tanif, because if u get on tanif and then get a job you can get gas mileges. A check every month and help with daycare. If u ever fall behind on bills there is good samaritan, and local churches. Baptists churches that are bigger usually help!!!!Sighn up for section 8. Its a great program, u can pick ur own place to rent and they'll inspect it and your rent will be as low as $0. Its based on your income!Its usually a longer list, so u can also apply for other low-income apartments in your area. Some are longer waiting lists, but some you can get in within weeks or even days. WIC is also a great program. U can receive milk, cereal,eggs,cheese,juice, baby formula.

I know times can be rough! I'm a single mom with 3 kids. The trick to getting assistance. Is take advantage of it! Don't be embarasses. Go to school. Single moms get danm good grants, and better urself so that in the future u wont need assistance!!!!

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