HomeAid Housing Resources
If you are currently homeless or have a housing crisis and are seeking housing assistance, HomeAid regrets your situation. While the organization would like to offer direct assistance, HomeAid does not
build or renovate single-family homes for individuals or families.
HomeAid builds and renovates multi-unit housing specifically for local homeless service providers such as Boys Hope Girls Hope, Mercy House, Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, YMCA, and others to enable them to serve the needs of their community's homeless population.
If you are in need of immediate housing assistance, please refer to the following list of organization resources for help.
National Coalition for the Homeless (http://www.nationalhomeless.org)
The National Coalition for the Homeless, founded in 1982, is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness. At the same time, the organization works to meet the immediate needs of people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of doing so. The National Coalition for the Homeless has an online directory of homeless and housing charity organizations that can be contacted regarding your individual homeless needs. Below are the links to their websites with phone numbers and contact information.
2-1-1 Hotline Call Center (United Way) (www.211.org)
2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that, where available, connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. While services that are offered through 2-1-1 vary from community to community, 2-1-1 provides callers with information about and referrals to human services for every day needs and in times of crisis. The implementation of 2-1-1 is being spearheaded by United Way and comprehensive and specialized information and referral agencies in states and local communities. United Way of America (UWA) and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) strongly support federal funding so that every American has access to this essential service.
- 2-1-1 Call Centers: (http://www.211.org/status.html)
As of June 2007, 2-1-1 is serving approximately 198 million Americans, approximately 65% of the U.S. population. By the end of 2008, 80% of the population is expected to have
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (www.hud.gov)
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation's fair housing laws.
Rebuilding Together (www.rebuildingtogether.org)
Rebuilding Together is America's largest volunteer-based home-repair organization bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need. The nonprofit has 230 affiliates, mobilizes approximately 270,000 volunteers and renovates more than 9,000 homes per year. To contact Rebuilding Together call 1-800-REHAB-9.
Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org/how/factsheet.aspx)
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor - sweat equity - into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
If your family, or a family you know, is in need of decent, affordable housing, contact the Habitat affiliate nearest you. If you're not sure where a local Habitat affiliate might be, contact the Habitat Help Line at (800) 422-4828, Ext. 2551 or 2552.