Published: April 6, 2022
Reviewed by: Deidre Sommerer, Geriatric Nurse

An estimated half-million people were homeless in the United States from 2007 through 2020, and many of these individuals were seniors and veterans. Unfortunately, seniors who live on the street have little access to resources that can help them maintain their mental and physical health, and on top of that, many are living without the support of their loved ones.

Homeless seniors face more risks than those who reside at home or in long-term care facilities. In fact, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless, the estimated average life expectancy for homeless people is just 50 years, which gives little hope to seniors who don’t have a place to call home.

Thankfully, there are programs available throughout the country to help homeless seniors find stable housing and meet other basic needs. Below, we provide information about these programs and how to find help.

What Is Emergency Housing and How Can Seniors Find It?

There are several options when it comes to emergency housing. While some programs provide emergency cash to help those facing eviction or homelessness to pay rent and utilities, others offer shelter to those who are already without a safe place to stay.

Seniors can usually find emergency housing by contacting their city’s government offices, local social services departments, hospitals and churches for help.

Federal Programs That Provide Emergency Housing For Seniors

2-1-1

2-1-1 helps seniors and others in need connect with urgent resources via United Way. By dialing 2-1-1, seniors can access local shelters, transitional housing and programs that can provide food, mental health support or health care services.

Each program that 2-1-1 refers callers to may have subject specific application and eligibility requirements.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides housing choice vouchers (HCV) for at-risk families, individuals and elderly persons who are unable to afford housing. Those who participate in the HCV program can access lower-cost, subsidized housing, with a portion of rent being paid by the government directly to their landlord.

How to Apply

Public housing agencies (PHA) can help seniors complete their HVC program applications. When applying, seniors will need to have information about their assets, family income and household members. In some cases, there may be a waiting list to access the program.

Eligibility

Each PHA determines the HVC eligibility guidelines in its state. Federal law requires that 75% of HVCs are provided to those whose household incomes are below 30% of the area median.

Section 202 Supportive Housing For the Elderly

Administered by HUD, the Supporting Housing for the Elderly program is meant to help low-income seniors access affordable housing, along with services to help them live independently, even with minor physical or cognitive impairments. This program also provides services such as cleaning, meals and transportation.

How to Apply

Once seniors have found an available Section 202 house, they can apply for this program directly with the property manager. The application requires information such as the applicant’s name, date of birth, Social Security number, housing history and criminal history.

Eligibility

This program is open to seniors aged 62 and older who meet their area’s low-income threshold.

Emergency Housing Programs for Veterans

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

The HUD-VASH program provides HCVs for homeless veterans. The program is provided by HUD with the assistance of Veteran Affairs. It can provide housing, mental and physical healthcare services, and substance abuse counseling.

How to Apply

Seniors who are also veterans can apply for HUD-VASH by contacting Veterans Affairs online, in-person or by telephone at (877) 424-3838.

Eligibility

HUD-VASH is open to low-income seniors who have served in the U.S. military.

VA Enhanced-Use Lease Program

The U.S Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) administers the Enhanced-Use Lease program, which helps homeless veterans access safe housing. This program works with state and local governments to buy unoccupied properties and transform them into shelters and transitional homes.

How to Apply

Homeless senior veterans who need housing can learn more by calling (877) 424-3838 to connect with their local VA office.

Eligibility

All homeless U.S. veterans can apply for this program.

State-by-State Emergency Housing Resources

Alabama

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Alabama. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Alabama.

Additional Resources

Alabama’s nonprofit organizations and state government offices provide several options for homeless seniors.

Program Name

Contact

Description

YWCA Permanent Housing for Seniors

(205) 322-7867

Low-income seniors aged 62 and older can apply to the YMCA for its permanent housing program.

Emergency Rental Assistance Alabama

(833) 620-2434

This program helps seniors and other Alabama residents cover up to 3 months of rent and utility costs when they’re at risk of becoming homeless.

Alaska

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Alaska. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Alaska.

Additional Resources

Alaska’s state government offers emergency support for seniors who are facing housing crises.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation – Senior and Accessible Housing

(800) 478-2432

For seniors aged 62 and older with extremely low incomes, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation provides transitional and permanent housing in cities such as Anchorage and Juneau.

Arizona

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Arizona. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Arizona.

Additional Resources

Arizona has several emergency programs that are provided by nonprofit and government organizations.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Arizona Department of Economic Security Shelter and Housing Homeless Services

(602) 542-4446

Housing Homeless Services helps seniors find permanent housing on an urgent basis, typically after they’ve been evicted.

Short-Term Crisis Services

Contact the nearest Community Action Agency

This program offers emergency shelter and financial help for damage deposits, rent, mortgage payments and utility payments.

Justa Center

(602) 254-6524

Justa Center offers senior-specific programs for the homeless, including day center services such as meals and health clinics, as well as case management to help them find housing options.

Arkansas

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Arkansas. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Arkansas.

Additional Resources

There are multiple government programs in Arkansas to help homeless seniors.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Arkansas Rent Relief Program

(855) 736-8275

Seniors facing eviction and homelessness can apply for help with rent and utility costs for up to 15 months.

Emergency Solutions Grant Program

Contact the nearest provider organization

This program offers emergency shelters, as well as rapid rehousing and transitional homes for seniors and other homeless Arkansas residents.

California

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in California. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in California.

Additional Resources

California offers multiple emergency support programs for homeless and at-risk seniors.

Program Name

Contact

Description

CalWORKs Housing Support Program and Homeless Assistance

Contact the local county welfare office

This program offers emergency financial help for rent and utilities, as well as motel vouchers for seniors and other homeless persons in need of emergency shelter.

Housing and Disability Advocacy Program

(916) 651-5155

Seniors and other homeless people can access financial assistance and case management services through this program.

Home Safe Program

(916) 651-5155

The Home Safe Program works directly with seniors who are at risk of becoming homeless after facing elder abuse or self-neglect.

Colorado

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Colorado. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Colorado.

Additional Resources

Colorado has several programs available for senior citizens facing urgent housing needs.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Senior Support Services

(303) 832-1622

This program provides day care services for homeless seniors, including hot meals and transportation, as well as help with locating financial support programs to cover housing and healthcare costs.

Springs Rescue Mission

(719) 632-1822

The Springs Rescue Mission emergency shelter provides an array of supplementary services, including case management and housing assistance.

Crawford House

(719) 477-1639

Crawford House is open to homeless veterans. It can provide transitional housing for up to 90 days and helps clients find financial assistance and permanent housing.

Connecticut

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Connecticut. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Connecticut.

Additional Resources

Connecticut’s state government provides help for seniors who are facing homelessness.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

(860) 721-7876

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is operated by the state and offers assistance with rapid rehousing and educational programs to ensure the safety of seniors living on the streets.

Delaware

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Delaware. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Delaware.

Additional Resources

Delaware’s nonprofit organizations are available to help homeless seniors throughout the state.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Friendship House

(302) 652-8133

Friendship House provides emergency shelters and temporary housing for those aged 55 and older.

DEHAP Rental Assistance

(866) 935-0407

Seniors in Delaware who are considered low income can apply for rental assistance from DEHAP, provided they weren’t in arrears prior to April 1, 2020. This program also offers utility assistance.

Florida

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Florida. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Florida.

Additional Resources

Florida’s government-run and nonprofit programs offer emergency housing assistance for seniors.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Florida Housing Finance Corporation

(850) 488-4197

The Florida Housing Corporation helps seniors access affordable housing and emergency cash for rent and utilities.

Homeless Voice

(855) 924-3571

The Homeless Voice’s helpline connects seniors with useful resources throughout the state.

Georgia

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Georgia. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Georgia.

Additional Resources

Georgia provides several programs to help seniors who are homeless.

Program Name

Contact

Description

HOPE Atlanta

(404) 817-7070

HOPE Atlanta helps seniors find temporary and permanent supportive housing options, as well as medical transportation and help with groceries.

Georgia Rental Assistance

(833) 827-7368

Low-income seniors can access up to 18 months of rental assistance through this program.

Hawaii

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Hawaii. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Hawaii.

Additional Resources

Hawaii’s homeless seniors can access emergency help from the following organizations.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Catholic Charities Hawaii

(808) 521-4357

Catholic Charities provides assistance for any senior facing homelessness. Options include transitional housing, housing placement and rental assistance.

Emergency Shelters

(808) 768-4668

Seniors in need of emergency shelter can contact this number or check online to view available space and access alternative help if necessary.

Idaho

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Idaho. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Idaho.

Additional Resources

There are multiple options available for homeless seniors in Idaho.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Housing Idaho

(877) 428-8844

Housing Idaho helps homeless seniors access information about emergency shelter space and provides housing search assistance.

Idaho Finance and Housing Association

(855) 505-4700

This organization helps homeless seniors access programs that offer rental assistance and emergency shelter.

Illinois

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Illinois. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Illinois.

Additional Resources

There are state and nonprofit organizations that help homeless seniors in Illinois.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Emergency and Transitional Housing Program

(800) 843-6154

This program helps homeless residents of Illinois to access emergency shelter and up to 2 years of transitional housing.

Catholic Charities

(312) 655-7440

Catholic Charities hosts affordable housing options for seniors that include supportive living help and social activities.

Indiana

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Indiana. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Indiana.

Additional Resources

Indiana offers state-funded assistance for homeless seniors.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Central Indiana Homeless Services

(317) 926-4357

Homeless Services provides emergency shelters and case management for homeless seniors in Central Indiana.

Iowa

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Iowa. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Iowa.

Additional Resources

Iowa’s state government provides emergency help for seniors who are at risk of homelessness.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program

(855) 300-5885

Seniors who are low-income can apply for up to 1 year of rent and utility assistance.

Kansas

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Kansas. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Kansas.

Additional Resources

Kansas’ state government provides financial help and housing for homeless seniors.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance

(785) 217-2001

Low-income seniors whose rent is in arrears due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance with rent and utilities.

Emergency Solutions Grant

(785) 217-2019

The Emergency Solutions Grant helps seniors find shelters and other safe housing options.

Kentucky

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Kentucky. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Kentucky.

Additional Resources

Kentucky offers various resources for homeless seniors who need emergency housing.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Kentucky Housing

(800) 633-8896

Kentucky Housing oversees a variety of programs and resources that help homeless or at-risk seniors access financial help and housing.

Louisiana

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Louisiana. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Louisiana.

Additional Resources

Louisiana’s homeless seniors can access help with emergency housing and rent payments.

Program Name

Contact

Description

The Wellspring

(800) 716-7233

This organization offers immediate rent assistance and utility bill help for seniors who are in urgent need.

Maine

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Maine. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Maine.

Additional Resources

Maine’s state government funds emergency programs for seniors in need.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Maine Housing Authority

(800) 452-4668

The Maine Housing Authority offers an emergency rental assistance program and helps vulnerable individuals access urgent cash for rent and utilities.

Maryland

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Maryland. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Maryland.

Maryland provides help for seniors who can’t pay their rent or utility bills.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance

(877) 546-5595

This program provides up to 18 months of cash for rent and utility payments for seniors in need.

Massachusetts

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Massachusetts. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Massachusetts.

Additional Resources

Resources are available for homeless seniors in Massachusetts who can’t access safe housing or pay their bills.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Emergency Housing Assistance

(866) 584-0653

This government agency provides services such as rent and utility assistance, emergency shelters and transitional housing.

Michigan

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Michigan. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Michigan.

Additional Resources

Michigan provides a variety of programs to help homeless seniors throughout the state.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Homeless and Special Housing Needs Programs

(517) 335-9885

Programs overseen by this organization include rental assistance, housing vouchers, emergency shelters and recovery housing.

Minnesota

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Minnesota. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Minnesota.

Additional Resources

Minnesota provides state-funded help for seniors who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Minnesota Housing

(800) 657-3769

Seniors can apply for rental assistance and help paying utility bills. Those who are homeless or recently evicted can also obtain help with finding emergency shelters or transitional housing.

Mississippi

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Mississippi. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Mississippi.

Additional Resources

Mississippi has several programs to help seniors avoid or end homelessness.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Gateway Rescue Mission

(601) 353-5864

This Christian organization provides overnight shelters, rent assistance and case management services for the homeless.

Multi-County Community Service Agency

(601) 483-4838

This organization helps homeless individuals find affordable housing and other financial support programs.

Missouri

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Missouri. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Missouri.

Additional Resources

Missouri’s state government helps those facing eviction to pay for rent and utilities.

Program Name

Contact

Description

MO Housing Resources

(833) 541-1599

MO Housing Resources offers rent and utility assistance for seniors impacted by COVID-19.

Montana

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Montana. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Montana.

Additional Resources

Montana is committed to helping end homelessness by providing rental and utility assistance.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Emergency Rental Assistance

(406) 841-2840

Seniors whose income is less than half of the area median can apply for financial help with rent and utilities.

Nebraska

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Nebraska. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Nebraska.

Additional Resources

The Nebraska government helps homeless people throughout the state in several ways.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Nebraska Homeless Assistance Program

(402) 471-3121

This program helps homeless and at-risk seniors by providing emergency shelters, rent assistance, case management and transitional housing.

Nevada

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Nevada. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Nevada.

Additional Resources

Nevada offers options to help homeless seniors get off the street and into long-term, safe housing.

Program Name

Contact

Description

CARES Housing Assistance Program

(702) 455-4071

CARES helps homeless seniors access emergency shelters and offers assistance with transitioning to permanent housing.

New Hampshire

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in New Hampshire. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in New Hampshire.

Additional Resources

New Hampshire’s government helps seniors pay rent or other bills to prevent eviction and homelessness.

Program Name

Contact

Description

New Hampshire Housing

[email protected]

Seniors can apply for financial help with rent and utility bills.

New Jersey

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in New Jersey. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in New Jersey.

Additional Resources

New Jersey features government and nonprofit organizations that help seniors get off the streets.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Homeless Solutions

(973) 993-0900

This nonprofit organization helps seniors access emergency shelters and transitional housing.

State Rental Assistance Program

(609) 292-4080

The State Rental Assistance Program can help individuals access rental subsidies for up to 5 years and has funds set aside specifically for seniors aged 62 and older.

New Mexico

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in New Mexico. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in New Mexico.

Additional Resources

New Mexico offers housing search assistance and permanent subsidies for homeless people.

Program Name

Contact

Description

New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness

(505) 982-9000

Seniors can contact this organization to access help with finding temporary or permanent housing, as well as financial support.

New York

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in New York. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in New York.

Additional Resources

New York’s government administers several programs to help homeless seniors.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Housing and Support Services

Contact the nearest Department of Social Services office.

Seniors can contact Housing and Support Services to apply for help paying bills, emergency housing or case management services.

North Carolina

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in North Carolina. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in North Carolina.

Additional Resources

North Carolina has supports available for homeless and at-risk seniors.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Emergency Housing and Shelters for the Homeless

(919) 855-4991

Emergency Housing connects homeless seniors with available shelters and provides assistance in their search for permanent housing.

North Dakota

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in North Dakota. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in North Dakota.

Additional Resources

North Dakota residents can access financial help if they’re at risk of becoming homeless.

Program Name

Contact

Description

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency

(855) 462-5465

The Housing Finance Agency helps seniors pay bills such as rent and utilities if they’re unable to pay themselves.

Ohio

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Ohio. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Ohio.

Additional Resources

The Ohio government offers financial help for those at risk of homelessness.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Home Relief Grant

Contact the nearest Community Action Agency.

Seniors can apply for a one-time grant to help them pay their rent, mortgage or utility bills.

Oklahoma

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Oklahoma. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Oklahoma.

Additional Resources

Seniors who are facing homelessness or who are low-income can apply for financial help through the state.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Community Cares Partners

(405) 653-9440

This public-private partnership provides emergency housing and financial help with rent or utilities to seniors who’ve been impacted by COVID-19.

Pennsylvania

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Pennsylvania. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Pennsylvania.

Additional Resources

Pennsylvania has multiple programs to help homeless seniors.

Program Name

Contact

Description

General Assistance

(800) 692-7462

This financial support payment from the state can be used to pay for housing, utilities, groceries and medical expenses. It’s available to seniors who are unable to earn an income due to mental or physical disabilities.

Homeless Assistance

(800) 692- 7462

This state-operated program helps homeless people find temporary or permanent housing and provides financial help with damage deposits, rent and utilities.

Rhode Island

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Rhode Island. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Rhode Island.

Additional Resources

Rhode Island has several supports available to help those who are homeless or may become homeless without financial support.

Program Name

Contact

Description

RI Coordinated Entry System

(401) 277-4316

This program prioritizes support applications for those who need it most, including homeless seniors.

Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development

(401) 222-4494

Seniors can access this program for emergency rent and utility assistance, emergency shelter or help with finding transitional or permanent housing.

South Carolina

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in South Carolina. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in South Carolina.

Additional Resources

South Carolina offers programs to help homeless people transition to more permanent housing.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Homeless No More

(803) 602-6379

Homeless No More is a nonprofit organization that provides rent assistance, low-income housing and emergency shelter.

SC Stay Plus

(803) 336-3420

Seniors can access up to 12 months of rent and utility assistance by applying for this program if they’re facing eviction.

South Dakota

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in South Dakota. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in South Dakota.

Additional Resources

South Dakota has multiple programs that are designed to help seniors avoid or end homelessness.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Continuum of Care

(605) 773-3445

The Continuum of Care Network is comprised of several organizations across the state that provide emergency shelter, clothing, food, case management and other services to aid homeless people.

SD Cares Housing Assistance Program

2-1-1

Seniors who’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19 can apply for up to 18 months of rent assistance.

Tennessee

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Tennessee. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Tennessee.

Additional Resources

Tennessee has economic support available for seniors at risk of becoming homeless.

Program Name

Contact

Description

HOPE Program

(615) 862-7368

This program offers financial support for those who’ve been affected by COVID-19. Funding is available to help with rent, utilities, mortgage payments, food and medical expenses.

Texas

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Texas. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Texas.

Additional Resources

Texas has several programs in place to help seniors and other residents overcome homelessness.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Texas Health and Human Services

2002-01-01

Seniors in need can access help finding permanent and supportive housing by contacting Health and Human Services.

Housing Choices

(877) 541-7905

This program provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and housing search assistance.

Utah

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Utah. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Utah.

Additional Resources

Utah has various options for those who are homeless and in need of urgent help.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Catholic Community Services

(801) 977-9119

Seniors can contact Catholic Community Services for low-income rentals and temporary emergency shelter.

Salt Lake Community Action

(801) 359-2444

Those moving into new housing can receive help with rent or with transitional housing as they overcome homelessness.

Utah Nonprofit Housing Corporation

(801) 364-6117

This organization helps seniors search for low-income housing in safe neighborhoods throughout the state.

Vermont

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Vermont. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Vermont.

Additional Resources

Vermont offers financial help for seniors who are facing eviction or homelessness.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Emergency/General Assistance

Contact the nearest Department for Children and Families office

Seniors who need help paying rent or utilities can apply for emergency or general assistance.

Virginia

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Virginia. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Virginia.

Additional Resources

Virginia offers financial help for those who can’t pay their housing-related bills.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Virginia Rent Relief Program

(833) 736-8735

Seniors who’ve lost income as a result of COVID-19 can apply for up to 18 months of rent and utility assistance.

Washington

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Washington. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Washington.

Additional Resources

Washington provides financial help for those facing urgent housing crises.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Treasury Rent Assistance Program

Contact the nearest provider

COVID-19 impacted seniors can apply to this program for help paying rent for up to 18 months.

Emergency Housing Guide Eviction Rent Assistance

Contact the nearest provider

This program covers rent and utility bills for those who are unable to pay their bills due to a low income.

West Virginia

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in West Virginia. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in West Virginia.

Additional Resources

West Virginia has financial supports available for seniors with emergency housing needs.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program

(866) 623-6284

Seniors in need can apply for up to 18 months of help with rent and utilities, as well as a one-time stipend of $300 to cover internet fees.

Wisconsin

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Wisconsin. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Wisconsin.

Additional Resources

Wisconsin has multiple supports available for homeless seniors and those facing eviction.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Apply online

Rental assistance is available for up to 12 months for seniors and other individuals who’ve been threatened with eviction.

Pillars

(920) 734-9192

Pillars provides emergency shelters and temporary housing for homeless seniors.

Wyoming

HUD Approved Housing Agencies 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a directory of approved counseling agencies in each state that can provide advice and assistance to seniors in housing emergencies. Visit this directory to find the counseling agency nearest to you in Wyoming. 

Homeless Shelters 

Those experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter can visit this directory to find the shelter nearest to you in Wyoming.

Additional Resources

Wyoming provides options for seniors who are homeless or may become homeless without financial help.

Program Name

Contact

Description

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

(877) 996-3727

Seniors can contact this program for help paying rent and utility bills.

Homeless Services

(307) 721-1973

Homeless Services offers emergency shelter and warm meals for homeless seniors in Wyoming.

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