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Rent Relief

The federal government and private sectors have provided billions of dollars each year in housing assistance for millions of Americans. Below are a list of resources we assembled to help you access the benefits you might qualify for. Whether you rent or own, there are resources available to help.

What Is Federal Rental Assistance?

Federal rental assistance enables over 5 million low-income households to afford modest homes. 

  • Three major programsHousing Choice Vouchers, Section 8 Project-based Rental Assistance, and Public Housing — assist about 90 percent of the households receiving federal rental assistance.
  • Other programs serve households with special needs, including the “202” and “811” Supportive Housing Programs for the Elderly and for People with Disabilities; Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS/HIV (HOPWA); and McKinney-Vento permanent housing programs for the homeless.
  • For detailed, state-by-state data on most rental assistance programs see the National and State Housing Data Fact Sheets.

Who Is Helped by Federal Rental Assistance?

  • Federal rental assistance makes housing affordable for almost 10 million people, including nearly 4 million children.

  • In 2016, 89 percent of households in the HUD-assisted programs were elderly, had disabilities, worked, had recently worked, or likely were subject to work requirements through another program.

Who Is Eligible?

  • A household must be “low-income” — meaning that its income may not exceed 80 percent of the local median income — in order to begin receiving federal rental assistance.  Some programs limit initial eligibility to households at or below 50 percent of the local median. 
  • The main rental assistance programs also require that a share of new households admitted have “extremely low” incomes, meaning that their income may not exceed the higher of 30 percent of the local median or the federal poverty line.  Two-thirds of assisted households are extremely low-income.
  • Some programs are limited to particular types of households, such as those who are elderly, have disabilities, or are formerly homeless.

Learn more about renting and HUD rental assistance programs:

  • Privately owned subsidized housing - HUD helps apartment owners offer reduced rents to low-income tenants. Search for an apartment and apply directly at the management office.

  • Public Housing - affordable apartments for low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. To apply, contact a public housing agency.

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program - find your own place and use the voucher to pay for all or part of the rent. To apply, contact a public housing agency.

  • HUD Resource Locator - search for HUD field and regional offices, local PHAs, Multifamily and Public Housing locations, homeless coordinated entry system points of contacts, and USDA rural housing

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