Community and State Financial Resources
Community Action Agencies
A great place to start if you are looking for financial help is your local Community Action Agency. Nearly every community in the U.S. has a Community Action Agency. These are non-profit organizations which receive state and federal funding. They administer many assistance programs for low-income residents, including rental assistance, energy assistance, food and nutrition programs, case management, education and literacy programs, and emergency assistance. Your local Community Action Agency will be able to connect you with various programs and sources of financial assistance that are available in your area.
Please keep in mind that funding is often limited for assistance programs through Community Action Agencies. If possible, apply as early as possible for assistance (such as winter energy programs).
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can provide you with advice on finding affordable housing. HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country to provide free or low cost advice. For more information, you can call HUD's interactive voice system at: (800) 569-4287.
Find your local HUD office. They can give you information on affordable housing programs, rental assistance, and more.
There are also a number of programs through the federal government to help families purchase a new home. I have listed some resources below:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
Other Places to Search for Financial Assistance
The United Way can help you connect with many resources and services in your area, and answer many questions about obtaining assistance. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211.org to learn about some of the options available to you.
NeedHelpPayingBills.com lists many sources of financial assistance. Just scroll down and click on your state to locate additional sources of assistance.
USA.gov maintains information on a variety of government and other assistance. In particular, see the page on Government Benefits, Grants, and Loans.
The Patient Advocate Foundation is also a good place to search for grants and other financial assistance, particularly if someone in your family has a medical condition. Search for resources based on medical diagnosis.