This is the first in a series of six posts explaining the major eligibility requirements to receive housing assistance.
The United States is one of the most, if not the most, generous countries in the world. We have a “let’s take care of our own” attitude. We also want to make sure our assistance is directed as intended, so there are qualifiers in place for the support provided.
For instance, many of the housing grants provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are for people who are homeless and have a disability to assist those who are most vulnerable.
Some people have a misunderstanding of how one gets federal or local government assistance for housing. This misunderstanding creates two things:
1.) A resistance to the creation of new funding and
2.) Frustration when a person or family gets into a financial crisis and seeks help to find the doors do not open as fast as they thought they should or as easily as the urban legend made it sound.
Over the years, the following phase has been said many times in different ways: “I’ve been a good taxpayer all my life and now the first time I ask for help I can’t get it. How does everyone else get help?”
This series will explain the five major eligibility requirements: disability requirements, income requirements, legal residence or physical presence, occupancy standards, and homeless status.
Other articles in this series: