Rental Assistance From Catholic Charities

by Nico Riley
Catholic Charities offers help for those in need, regardless of religious affiliation.

Catholic Charities offers help for those in need, regardless of religious affiliation.

Catholic Charities USA is one of the largest networks of charities that work to reduce poverty and provide services for people in need, regardless of religious, economic, or social background. In addition to rental assistance, services offered include feeding the poor, educational assistance, job training, disaster relief, and advocacy for those in need. Catholic Charities has a network of agencies, institutions, and organizations that serve the needs of communities nationwide.

Types of Rental Aid

Types of rental assistance include help paying move-in costs, utilities, and back rent. Move-in costs include any costs associated with moving into a new residence such as the security deposit and first month’s rent. Utilities include electricity, gas, and heating services. Back rent is rent that is one or more months past due.

Criteria

To be eligible for rental assistance from Catholic Charities, a tenant must have recently experienced a financial setback resulting in the inability to pay for housing needs, be one month or more behind in their rent or mortgage, or have a vacate or eviction notice. Tenants may receive one month’s rental assistance or short term rental assistance depending on eligibility and available funding. For assistance with utilities, tenants must have a utility disconnect notice. You will be required to show proof of income, residence, and a valid ID. Eligibility criteria can vary based on your location.

Emergency Assistance

In addition to rental assistance, Catholic Charities, along with other local agencies and organizations, provides counseling and case management services to eligible individuals. These services focus on stability and self-sufficiency. The aim is to help people with financial hardships, like those needing rental assistance, to get back on their feet. Contact your local Catholic Charities organization to see what help is available to you.

Additional Resources

While Catholic Charities is a well-known organization that offers rental assistance, there is other help available. Government programs such as HUD, as well as many non-profit programs, offer rental assistance to single mothers, the elderly, and low income residents. Catholic Charities may refer you to other programs for additional assistance.

About the Author

Nico Riley has been a professional writer since 2006 with work appearing on various websites. Riley holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Harold Washington College and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She enjoys writing on topics about society, culture, health, self-help and entertainment.

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