Emergency Housing Guide
What Is Emergency Housing and why do we need it?
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The role of emergency housing is crucial in preventing the spiraling of further economic and health hardship that can impact someone if they become homeless. Emergency housing may be temporary, but it gives someone the immediate ability to remain housed and safely sheltered. Once someone becomes homeless, their mental and physical health is likely to suffer. A younger homeless population, for example, faces the same or more health issues than older adults who have remained housed.
The reasons an older American might need emergency housing are also plentiful. Renters may face removal from their homes when owners place properties on the market to take advantage of rising housing prices. Some seniors may have chronic health issues that keep them from working and saving enough for the expenses of retirement and older age. They may not have the support of close family or friends, meaning they have no one to stay with if they're evicted from rental homes, or their home is foreclosed on due to an inability to pay their mortgage.
In this guide, we've provided detailed information on emergency housing resources for older adults and seniors across the United States. We begin with programs available nationwide, including those for older adults and specifically for veterans. Then, we list emergency housing programs available in each state. We've included each program's contact information, a brief description of services available, and eligibility requirements for many. In any instance, however, those facing homelessness should contact programs in their area for more information and access to any resources and support to help them remain safely housed.