During the last decade, the number of cost burdened consumers (those who pay one third of their income towards rent) increased to 50% and half of them are considered largely burdened. Since every person is not wealthy enough to purchase his own home and setting it up for residence in future, he/she is responsible to provide shelter through the assistance of a good quality rental home. While focusing on quality and area of rental home, it’s important to consider his own resources and income and manage accordingly. More than 2 million Americans are facing it as a burden due to downfall in availability of economic opportunities in this pandemic situation of COVID-19. However, the government and other organizations of different countries have launched rental assistance programs and opportunities to provide them relief in such situations. Some of these ways to get rental assistance are briefly described below:
1. Housing and Government Organizations
Many countries offer rental assistance aids to their needy citizens. These programs are controlled by the states directly or even at city level. For example, rental assistance program for state of New Jersey (SRAP) provides rental housing benefits and subsidies to their residents with low income. The time span of this assistance varies from state to state – yearly basis to even life time. People availing this opportunity are provided vouchers with the amount and subscription depending upon the requirement. The rental benefits from government and housing organizations can be availed through the collaboration of social service agencies as they have detailed knowledge of all the available rental assistance programs with their duration and eligibility criteria.
2. Non-Profitable Agencies
This is another way to get rental assistance for those people who have low income with rental house. Every country has large number of non-profit agencies which are determined to support their deserving persons with different rental aids like rental payment, electricity and gas bills etc. Before getting subscription to their services, it is important to note that what are your requirements or what type of assistance do you need. For example, United Way is a non-profit agency of United States which provides all types of rental assistance.
3. Trust Based Organizations
People facing problem in meeting their rental expenses and having limited source of income can get assistance from charitable organizations (also known as trust-based organizations). Such organizations collect donations from local volunteers or from religious centers like synagogues and churches. Trust based organizations are mainly founded for needy people who have almost negligible sources of income and are hardly living for survival. Such people can also get their rental assistance from these organizations which are determined to support their individuals.