U.S. Department of Human Services
- If you are left without money or a place to live, the first place to start would be your local Human Services office. They offer emergency assistance to those in need. They can set you up with a food stamp case, cash assistance help and medical insurance. They also have access to community programs that can offer immediate help with shelter, a hot meal and transportation.
The Salvation Army
- Many local Salvation Army churches and organizations offer a food pantry, soup kitchen and homeless shelter for an immediate need of assistance. Most homeless shelters are on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive promptly when they begin to accept a head count.
The Red Cross
- The Red Cross offers emergency assistance to those affected by a natural disaster or fire. They often have funding available to offer cash assistance, temporary housing, clothing and mental health counseling.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- HUD is located in most larger cities and can be found in your local human service building or local emergency housing assistance group. HUD has access to programs you may qualify for to get into a subsidized home for little to no money down. They also offer foreclosure assistance and may be able to help you keep your home if you are facing eviction.