Emergency Rent/Utility Assistance

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program can provide assistance on past due rent, first month's rent, or utility bills. Short- and medium-term rental assistance may be offered based on availability of funds.

Eligibility is based on the total gross household income received by all members living in the home at the time of application. This means that families sharing a dwelling must apply as one unit. Income includes: wages, unemployment compensation, TANF payments, child support, alimony, Social Security, SSI, pensions, VA, grants and other regular payments.

After an initial pre-screening by phone or email, if it appears likely that you are eligible for assistance, you will be given an appointment for an intake interview.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation or all or part of the individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866)632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at .

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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