There are many resources available to those in need of emergency housing assistance. Most of them come from governmental agencies, although there are also multiple private and nonprofit organizations tasked with emergency housing assistance and aid, too.
Each of the following entities is set up to provide emergency housing help, including information tailored to your specific region of the country, with a few clicks of your mouse.
HUD is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This page, in particular, is filled with contacts and resources that link those in need with HUD’s network of community partners. In addition to housing, the list includes food, health and safety, and assistance for veterans.
The HUD Exchange also includes a link that will take you to Ready.gov, where you can learn about how best to prepare for emergencies and disasters. One section in particular — “Make A Plan” — is a page you might want to bookmark for future reference. But be sure to look through their suggestions now so you at least have an idea of what will be necessary in case the unthinkable becomes reality.
Emergency Solutions Grant
From Benefits.gov: “The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program is to assist individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. ESG provides grants by formula to states, metropolitan cities, urban counties and U.S. territories to support homelessness prevention, emergency shelter and related services.”
Similarly, this page on Benefits.gov covers the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).
“After a Presidential disaster declaration is made,” they write, “you may be eligible for disaster assistance, including grant assistance, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households Program (IHP). After you register with FEMA for disaster assistance, FEMA will consider you for several sorts of IHP assistance, including grants to repair or replace your damaged primary residence, and temporary housing assistance (including rental assistance).”
That’s just two of the many helpful resources on the Benefits.gov website. The site and the organization it represents are designed to help people discover federal benefits for which they may be eligible.
For housing and other benefits, you can begin the process of checking your eligibility here.
Oregon.gov and Wa.gov
We’re including this information for our neighbors here in the Pacific Northwest. (Empire Hospitality is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.)
On Oregon.gov, you’ll find listings for “Emergency Housing Help!” right here. The state links to several websites that can assist those who have an immediate need for housing.
For the state of Washington, you can find links to resources on the Washington State Department of Commerce website. While the department doesn’t provide any direct assistance, it does fund programs that offer emergency and disaster relief for individuals, businesses, and even entire communities.
The United Way can also help point you in the right direction if you are in need of emergency housing assistance. They provide a wealth of information that can assist you in finding either federal or local resources.
In addition to the resources listed above, there are plenty of other resources that can help you find supportive housing — e.g., low-income housing, social services, public housing programs, etc.
It’s important to remember that emergency housing can mean more than just natural or manmade disasters. Many people need emergency shelter due to domestic violence problems, mental illness, or other associated mental health issues.
For those with other needs, we suggest searching for the specific emergency housing assistance you need: housing choice voucher programs, homeless veterans assistance programs, information on Section 8 vouchers for low-income families, and more.
Empire Hospitality provides this information as a resource to those visiting our website, If you have specific business needs — specifically, you need temporary housing while your employees provide disaster relief, please get in touch with us today.