Housing and utility assistance

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Listed below are organizations that provide help with emergency assistance for rent, mortgage, gas, electric, phone, or water bills.

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) Catholic Charities agencies provide services to people in need. Affiliating with offices nationwide, CCUSA provides counseling and assistance. Several of our programs are able to work with families and individuals at-risk of eviction by helping provide funds for short-term financial assistance with overdue bills.  We then work with the family to strengthen themselves and avoid the same crisis in the future. 

Community Action Partnership
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.  Provides financial assistance to pay for heating and cooling bills of low-income and elderly people.

National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) Project
By emailing us at, you will access the LIHEAP Clearinghouse's National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service for persons who want information on where to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which may pay a portion of the energy bills of eligible low-income persons.

United Way 2-1-1 Information Line
Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, healthcare, counseling and more.

Healthcare Hospitality Network, Inc.
The Healthcare Hospitality Network, Inc. (HHN) is a nationwide professional association of nearly 200 unique, nonprofit organizations that provide lodging and support services to patients, families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUDs mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.  HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. Through the Making Home Affordable Program, eligible homeowners may lower monthly mortgage payments and could secure better loans at lower rates. If home ownership is no longer affordable or desirable, the program can provide a way to avoid foreclosure.
This government website lists utility and energy assistance programs, organized by state, including application information.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army may offer short term assistance for basic needs. The amount and type of aid will vary by town, state and center. Assistance provided to families includes food, rental assistance, clothing and funds for paying utility and heating bills.